Recap of my quick eating-focused weekend
Thanks to Chowhounders for feedback/suggestions. What a fantastic city you live in!
Friday night I went to the Cliffhouse (downstairs restaurant) with co-workers. Not my choice, but wow, what a view! Would have felt uncomfortable here as a solo diner, but catching the sunset here is unbelievable. Food was good as well, but nothing too memorable. I had a crab soup which was light and had a butternut squash or pumpkin base which seemed a little off for June, but I was actually happy that it was lighter than expected. Halibut entree with spring vegetables was my entree. Fish was fresh, but slightly overcooked. I liked the simple preparation. Seems like a place that can get away with serving slighty above average food due to the view. Glad I came, but also glad it was expensed!
a.m.: Ferry Building. First stop was 4505 meats for the maple breakfast sausage sandwich . oh my breakfast god. so good. get this. thank me later. Also tried "real korean taco" with beef at namo - a stunner of a 3 bite snack. I wanted to eat more there, but had limited time in town and needed to move on.
lunch: Swan Oyster Depot. Line was about 15 minutes long and friendly people in line. Grabbed an Anchor Steam, Chowder and Mixed Dozen Oysters. What a spot - I didn't want to leave! Chowder wasn't very creamy, but that seems to be their style. The guys here are hilarious - definitely seems like an institution. Glad the line was short enough so that I was able to enjoy.
afternoon: Gioia Pizzeria. Really weird service but a nice space. Had a glass of wine and pepperoni pie. Got whole pie vs. slice due to time of day and I wanted to make sure I had the freshest version. The crust was spot-on but the rest of the pie was a bit greasy. I know there were more exciting options topping-wise, but I wanted to start with the basics, which is what I compare all pizza on....and they didn't have fresh basil, which I thought was odd. Walked by Pizzeria Delfina on Sunday and wish I had saved my pizza meal for there.
night: beers at a pub then a light dinner at anchor & hope with a friend. we shared a mix of oysters and salt & pepper calamari. oyster selection was limited since they had run out of a few earlier that night, but the ones we got were all fresh and full of the brininess I love! the calamari was cooked well, but needed more seasoning. we ended up ordering tons of lemon to try to elevate it a bit. a cool spot if you are downtown, but i wouldn't travel here for it.
drunken late night: leftover pizza and champagne from the great service desk at the inter-continental!
a.m. who goes to dim sum as 1? this girl. yank sing seated me right away, but between being 1 and the hangover i had, i wasn't able to try as much as i liked. i got the soup dumplings which were full of flavor, but a little smaller than anticipated and the cost was double the usual amount. i had pork shumai and har gow, but ended there. definitely bring someone with you here.
lunch: in-n-out cheeseburger, animal style. and a coke. hangover cured.
dinner: grabbed a super burrito (carne asade) from la cumbre in the mission on way to the airport for the red eye. this was the size of a small child. got about half way through and quit, but not due to lack of flavor, just sheer size.
wow - san francisco, you have so much great food...i like you. we are gonna have to do this again!
San Francisco likes you, too!
I'm happy that you were not shy about going to Yank Sing alone; I did that once. Of course, with others present you can try more stuff but it's best that you went alone than not at all! I always have to get the har gow.
Don't you like crab? They cook it and pick it out right there at Swan.