As was to be expected, San Francisco was amazing. So much food, so much wine. I plan to break the trip report into two parts – I think this is the most food centric trip I have been on in awhile – it deserves it!
Part I – Thursday and Friday
We arrived Thursday afternoon and promptly set out on a dim sum/site seeing adventure.
Dim sum was had at Gold Mountain (644 Broadway) in Chinatown near the border of North Beach. I have previously had dim sum at Yank Sing in SF. While the quality of the Yank Sing dim sum was likely better, it did cost 4x as much. Gold Mountain was a perfectly acceptable and tasty alternative. We did dumplings and pork buns and lots of other things. The location also allowed us to peruse Chinatown.
After Chinatown, we made the obligatory trek down to Fisherman’s Wharf. This is a very touristy area, but does provide some lovely views (see above – the Golden Gate Bridge is just visible in the background).
We also stopped in the Ghirardelli shop, in Ghirardelli Square. More great views and tasty samples.
Thursday night dinner/drinks/happy hour was at Amelie, a very cute wine bar in the Nob Hill area (1754 Polk). We met some local friends here and enjoyed big glasses of red, flatbreads, cheese, and conversation.
Friday morning dawned rainy and cool. Bummer. However, a trip to Tartine (600 Guerrero – Mission) was on the menu and this cheered me right up.
We enjoyed quiche and croissants. So buttery. I swear I felt my heart struggling to pump through the butter sludging through my veins as we walked the San Francisco hills after this breakfast. Whew.
On Friday, I also visited Alamo Square (the area shown in the beginning of Full House). As children of the early nineties who lived for TGIF, it was a must for The Boy and I. There were a few dogs in the park and The Boy may or may not have pointed and loudly said “Comet!”. Haha.
These homes are actually known as the ‘Painted Lady’ houses. Additionally, the ‘Full house house’, or the red and white house shown in close up on the show, does not exist in this stretch. A little on-site Googling with the blackberry turned up this info. Additionally, Google let us know that the red and white house does not exist in SF and was likely shot on a backlot in LA or something. Sigh. Regardless, we chose one of the houses in the middle and pointed out where Uncle Jessie’s attic apartment would have been.
Friday’s lunch was a ‘Mission burrito’ (at Taqueria La Cumbre – 515 Valencia – Mission) and ice cream from Bi-Rite Creamery (3692 18th Street). Might have been the best ice cream ever. Seriously really really good. Go here if you are in SF. The burrito was tasty – the Mission-style burrito is supposedly the original giant stuffed burrito.
Friday night pre-dinner drinks were at Maya (303 2nd Street, financial district – meeting some other friends – nice $5 margaritas). Dinner took us back to the Mission yet again. We dined at Delfina (3621 18th Street – Mission).
Delfina was lovely – the interior was cozy yet modern, casual yet refined. I ordered a tagliatelle with mint and porcini mushrooms. The Boy had pappardelle in a duck ragu. The Boy and I also ordered a lamb’s brain appetizer and a bottle of vino nobile. Pasta portions were small but on scale with what we saw in Italy – I was certainly satisfied between the warm and crusty Tartine bread, the appetizer, and my pasta. Mmmm, thinking about that silky pasta makes me hungry 🙂
After dinner, we somehow found ourselves back at Bi-Rite. Shocking (it is right across the street). A scoop of salted caramel was a perfect dessert. After the ice cream, we hit the local bar scene. Beauty Bar and Doc’s Clock were certainly unique places with lots of local hipsters enjoying a night out. We may have been slightly out of place but enjoyed the experience nonetheless.
Recap of the rest of the trip to come..