SFO->AUS: What am I missing
Hi all, I'm a displaced Texan returning home after 15 years in San Fran. I know the landscape has changed in that span.
What we are looking for:
Farm to Table, Food trucks, sammies, donuts, bread bakers, and BBQ
Please take a look at our list and tell me if I've any glaring omissions. Thanks in advance for any suggestions you might have.
p.s. we will have a car.
Farm to Table: Barley Swine, Salt & Time, Foreign & Domestic, Jeffery's redux?
Food Trucks: ESK, Peached Tortilla, Kebabilicious, you gonna eat that,
Sammies: Noble Pig, ?
Donuts: Gordoughs, ?
BBQ: LA BBQ, Franklin, Micklethwait
Re. ESK: went to the one at Liberty last weekend and the food was a huge disappointment (soggy chicken, greasy Brussels sprouts, bland buns). It used to be so good. I would crave it and not be able to get it out of my head. Sadly it has been really inconsistent the past year+. Does anyone know if the food at the new place is as good as the food used to be at Liberty?
Second Melvin's for sandwiches. Better than Noble Pig, which to me isn't worth the drive.
Yes, it's a shame about ESK. Very uneven these days. Spread too thin, I think.
I ate at the new brick & mortar right after it opened and actually had the best karaage in a long time. Moto was there overseeing everything that night, however.
Only ate at Noble Pig once, but I thought it was fantastic. As good as Melvin's, which is great.
Ossie, great start.
Food trucks: Add El Taco Rico. I'd also add VIA 313 detroit style pizza and eat it with a few to 50 drinks at the Violet Crown (try the iron whip with a shot of cream vodka for an adult dreamcicle).
Sammies 1 - literally no better corned beef and pastrami on the planet. They make their own mayo to boot. Melvin's Deli Comfort. 53rd and Duval.
Sammies 2 - Also consider a beef and cheddar on rye or Turkey Mozz at Little Deli - don't skip the curry and cayenne laced deviled eggs when you're there. The cherub #7 pizza is an aphrodisiactastic garlic bomb pie with bursting sweet little grape or cherry tomatoes.
Donuts - I like Donut Crown the best, very traditional pillowy soft melt in your mouth standard glazed - NW Corner of Burnet and Anderson next to Mcdonalds.
BBQ - if you find yourself wanting it at supper time, no other place in town worth going to can give you the beef rib as well as Stiles Switch in the evening. Theirs is pretty darn good. When they bring the A game, it's as good as La BBQ and Mueller's versions. Oh, and you need to go to Mueller's too, Mueller's Meat Market. But your first three you mentioned are my three favs at lunch time.
BTW, relocation or just visiting?
We're visiting with the possibility of relocating.
I've been working in kitchens for the past 8 years here in SF. We want to open our own place, but it's at least an 800k investment here.
Not to mention, $11/minimum wage and no tip credit law, healthy sf, CA taxes, yada yada yada.
We are looking at potential markets that support farm to table cuisine and don't mind paying a bit more for locally sourced and sustainable.
While I have your ear, where do you think Austin needs improving? Got anything like Tartine Bakery in those parts? How's the pizza?
Hi. I think you might want to check out Easy Tiger. Easily the best baguettes in town, and other nice loaves, too. It's a bakery upstairs, with pub food downstairs. Not like Tartine, but it would be in the category of your competition, I think, if you were to open in Austin.
I would love to see a bakery in downtown Austin that has grown-up desserts, tarts, and savories. (No cupcakes and sugar cookies, thanks.) I don't think we have a place like that yet.
Pizza here was nothing to mention until Bufalina opened. It could be compared to your Una Pizza Napoli, but is smaller. Wonderful pies, salads, everything super fresh, lots locally sourced if not home made.
Your list looks great. Enjoy your visit!
A good market for Farm To Table metropolis would be Des Moines, Iowa, An even better secret is go about thirty miles North to the college town of Ames [home of Iowa State University]. There is only one poor executed FTT place there and a shortage of good fare for a town of 60K-plus.
Ossie I'm not familiar with Tartine - but I agree with some other posts - Easy Tiger is probably our best bakery in town. That to me is nowhere near close to sounding like a saturated market. I'm sure it would be high rent, maybe not as bad as downtown, but a great bakery in Crestview, The Domain, or farther north would probably do very well. As one goes north, the chains become more numerous and frankly the average quality of food available goes down. There are many notable exceptions (noble pig, curly's carolina BBQ, etc.). My wife works in Round Rock pretty much dead center on 620 between HWYs 183 and 35. She often laments how abysmal most food choices are there and how much a good Sammie / Salad spot would just crush. After 9 years living here it's not changed. I'd say that's a pretty great market, but then you deal with the fact that many of us would need to drive 20 minutes to visit your shop. I gladly would for any great food.