No one likes to eat alone, or at least that is what most folks will tell you. I know from personal experience it's not always the funnest thing in the world. I mean it is nice to have a fellow conspirator to enjoy (or complain) about the food or restaurant you are trying. It can make the evening go by faster and sometimes it can influence how you though about a certain dish by having a different take or set of tastebuds weigh in. But in this crazy busy, time compressed world we live in, sometimes it's hard to mesh schedules with cohorts and SO's in order to have dining companionship. For all the places I've eaten, there is a large majority I ended up going to alone and it is something I've gotten "used to" and actually don't mind it. Plus, long before I had an SO I had quite a number of single years and spent many a night eating out by myself, just because I wanted to get out of the house and more importantly, because I could. It's not a sad thing and I don't think it should be stigmatized, in short it really should be empowering and of course you kind of have to like yourself enough to do it. Isn't that what all those self-help books say--in order to like others you have to like yourself first--or something empowering like that. I mean in this day and age when ever we go out to grab a bite we are seemingly still connected to people and things with all the technology of phones, laptops, etc, it's like we are never really alone (or unplugged) are we?
Sunday, April 13, 2014
Glazed bacon brittle brioche donut from A Spoonful of Sugar in San Francisco. At $4 a pop it's kind of pricey, but it was bigger than my hand, definitely fluffy, cakey and tasty.
- Time to dine out on the waterfront, here's SFGate's list of where to eat.
- Great more artisan chefs in San Francisco making pricey food.
- Looks like Dixie in the Presidio may have bit the dust. The South falls again.
- Rainbow Grocery joins the hi-tech delivery parade. What will the hardcores say.
- If you must wait to get in State Bird Provision here's what SFist recommends.
- Now you can brunch Monday through Friday at these places because why not.
- Passover begins on Monday April 14th and EaterSF has you covered with places to eat.
- The 25 Lusk folks will try their hand at a mall eatery at the Westfield.
- The Mills Josey Baker releases his cookbook Monday--$4 toast at home!
Friday, April 11, 2014
BBQ meats are the new trend in San Francisco. Over the last year everything from brisket to pulled pork has been showing up on menus from high end to low end restaurants. Being a fan of meat, I'm not only okay with it, I'm also willing to try out all the incarnations to see whether any of it is worthwhile. Food trucks were some of the original places to jump on this new bandwagon and fortunately ones that serve up the goods can be found at most all of the locations chow wagons congregate. So it was on another Friday finding myself at Off The Grid and hitting up a meat truck, this time The Boneyard.
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
With the advent of spring comes relative sunshine and as seen recently some spectacularly warm days. On the heels of that, folks in San Francisco emerge from foggy hibernation to participate in one of their favorite weekend activities--having brunch outside. A fair number of places have a few tables outside their establishments, but there are some which have large outdoor patios to accommodate patrons wanting fresh air and food all in one. A popular off the beaten track option for this is The Ramp located near Pier 66 in China Basin, it's a go to choice for folks who live in SOMA/Dogpatch neighborhoods.
Sunday, April 6, 2014
Red Velvet Cake from The Grove in SOMA. It's a decent version of the classic cake, though could up the red color a bit.
- It's not just In-And-Out with secret menu items, Off The Grid food trucks have them too.
- Because we don't have enough choices here Red Bay Roasters hits town.
- The restaurant boom continues in the area, see what's new here.
- SF Examiner/Gate adds Jonathan Kauffman to its burgeoning food coverage-interesting.
- Hey more places serving brunch in San Francisco! What took them so long?
- Bauer now hates Mission Chinese--foodie hipsters everywhere cry fake tears.
- It's asparagus season and here's what local restaurants are cooking up.
- Oakland gets in on the brewery boom sweeping San Francisco.
- Maybe it's time to explore being a celebrity chef? It seems to pay off.
- Tartine Bakery and Heath Ceramics-match made in heaven? We'll see in 2015.
Friday, April 4, 2014
I'm on a random Sunday stroll through the Mission, because it's good to get out of the house sometimes. I usually have no particular direction or goal outside of just wandering around to see what's new, still the same or totally forgotten about. On this particular walk I reach the outer edges of the Mission around 24th and Valencia, a few blocks before it becomes Bernal Heights or something and start to turn around when I see folks heading into this small blue tiled place on 24th Street. Piqued, I walk over and see it's Papalote Mexican Grill.
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
Boredoom...it can drive one to do lots of things, like get on 2 different Muni buses to make my way out to the Richmond District of San Francisco. My goal on this slow day was to just get out of the house and do something. Hit up Green Apple Books and maybe grab a quick bite to eat. Fortunately for me my friend Miss O works out this way and her BF lives nearby also so after browsing without luck at the bookshop I last minute texted her to see if they were up for food while I was in the hood. She said sure and after tossing out some ideas we settled on Pizzetta 211.
Sunday, March 30, 2014
Coqueta along the Embarcadero. If you are luck you might catch a glimpse of Michael Chiarello chopping up some octopus there.
- There's a new fried chicken place in North Beach. It pairs will with beer and strippers?
- Drug cartels are driving up lime prices, so says Tacolicious thus up go margaritas.
- SFist re-ranks the Bay Areas best restaurants based on some new formula.
- If, like me, you can't afford $398 here's Saisons full tasting menu in pictures.
- There's a Guamanian food restaurant in San Francisco, who knew?
- Glamour shots of chickens?! Why not, it's kind of funny.
- A whiskey primer from 7x7 so you can look smart when you hit up Hard Water.
- Yes there are places that still deliver at 2am in San Francisco...drunk dialing time!!
- That cat cafe has met it's funding goal..looks like it's a go..your move dogs.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Food trucks come and go in San Francisco on a regular basis making it difficult to get out there an try everyone of them, though I do try. I'm always on the lookout for new ones to the area and sometimes they pop up with lots of fanfare, such is the case with the Lobsta Truck. Hailing originally from down Southern California way I'd seen several online food news outlets highlight its arrival to town and it was because of this that I grabbed my friend Elena and we made the arduous cross town journey to the Friday night Off the Grid at Fort Mason to give this hot new truck a try. We got there right when the event was starting but the Lobsta wasn't quite ready yet so we wandered around till they started serving. During that time a line had formed at the truck, it seems we weren't the only ones who wanted to give them a try.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Restaurant life along the Embarcadero has been a hit or miss affair over the years, though recently it seems places have been able to make more of a foothold and garner both good reviews and paying clientele. See Epic Roasthouse, Waterbar, La Mar and the latest addition Coqueta a mostly tapas style place utilizing local ingredients to create Spanish style dishes. They've taken over the old Lafitte space after Chef Russell Jackson decided he wanted to be more celebrity than chef and headed to New York and the Food Network. And in a strange quirk the person who heads up Coqueta is Michael Chiarello, who's already done the celebrity thing and is now throwing himself back into the actual food. It's always been a small space but they've managed to make it feel bigger even with all the dark wood, the high ceilings really help.
Sunday, March 23, 2014
- Western Addition gets its own brew pub. Hipsters really are everywhere now.
- The Local's Corner guys keep adding more Local's, now a wine cellar.
- James Beard Awards has locals galore up for finalists.
- Outerlands will get a new chef to go with it's new larger/renovated look.
- PizzatheApp wants to be the Uber of getting a pizza when you want/need it.
- With Off The Grid in full swing now here are 8 new things to try there.
- Fries, fries and more carbs--here's SFist best french fries in town list.
- Don't stand in line 3 hours for day old bagels try one of these local joints instead.
- For the gluten intolerant here are places to still get that pizza fix in the Bay Area.
- It's just around the corner, here's a list of CUESA greens for spring.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Like the seven heads of Hydra the specter of the fad that is the cronut (and several other spellings) continues unabated with new places releasing their knock-off versions to an unsuspecting world. I mean even the originator of the fad is moving on to other new and interesting dessert creations--milk and cookie shot glass anyone? While we await the arrival of our version of that, I continue to run across the variations of the cronut in unexpected places around town and elsewhere. On a recent jaunt to the Bayview District to hit up a soul food festival me and the SO stumbled across a corner restaurant called CDXX that I vaguely remember hearing about somewhere. We wandered in to just peruse the menu and on this weekend day they were only serving brunch which looked interesting but what caught my eye was the listing for a croughnut. Well, we weren't planning to eat here but we did decide to get a couple of the croughnuts to go to snack on while we walked around. Here it is......
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
I've never been a total fan of ice cream as a dessert, the SO loves it, it's one of his 4 food groups. For me I can usually take it or most often leave it. I like my desserts to have heft to them, like cake or pie or donuts--they are both filling and satisfying when good. Ice cream can often feel like Chinese food to me, after eating it I'm still a little hungry and my sweet tooth doesn't feel totally satisfied. Still I was willing to give Humphry Slocombe a try as I'd heard many good things about over the few years it's been around. Plus we were only a few blocks away strolling through the Mission, it was hot and something different to do. It's a small place tuck on a side street off the 24th Street corridor, which has become a new hotbed of trendy hipster foodie places that draw people there specifically to eat.
Sunday, March 16, 2014
When eating at The Ramp beware the seagulls..they will steal your food.
- SFist shares what to do while waiting in line for Tosca. Again..why are we waiting?
- Bacon Bacon did a Reddit AMA...because why not?
- Thrillists 8 best diners in SF. This list needs to be way bigger and more greasy.
- Girl Scout Cookie cocktails? Alembic jumps the restaurant shark so to speak.
- Is Dirty Habit a good name for a new restaurant? Guess we'll find out.
- SF Chefs festival renamed Eat Drink SF, moving to Fort Mason (brrr...)
- SFist likes them but are these your favorite coffee shops?
- American Grilled Cheese Kitchen menu gets a revamp--and non cheesy things.
- Project Open Hand has in Indiegogo fundraiser going for good things.
Friday, March 14, 2014
The Mission, it's an eclectic not so little neighborhood that while it has a distinctly Hispanic vibe to a majority of the area, it still has off-beat and sometimes unexpected places tucked away of it's main drags. Occasionally I'll stroll through the hood and see what new things have popped up since my last visit. One recent place I came across was Mission Minis. A tiny blink and you'll miss it on a side street cupcake shop that primarily serves up--mini cupcakes.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
San Francisco is rife with food trucks, food pop-ups and food incubators. All with great ideas for food looking to build an audience and following in hopes of one day turning their dream into a full fledged brick and mortar business. One such success story is Bun Mee. They seem to have made the progression up the foodie ladder to become a pretty popular sandwich shop with not one but two locations. I'd had their takes on a banh mi during their food pop-up/food market days but had yet to try their fully established location on Fillmore. When I saw they opened a second store on Market Street I thought now was a good time to give both of them a try and see how they were holding up. Here's a shot of the inside of both places.