Spent a few days out in San Francisco and a day in Santa Rosa back at the beginning of May. Certainly not enough time to hit all of the food spots I wanted to, but I felt very satisfied with the ones that I did.
I stopped into the Fatted Calf for lunch on my first day. They have a small list of about 5 sandwiches that you can order from, plus it's a full scale butcher shop. The pulled pork sandwich that I got was delicious. I wish that I would have gotten there earlier so I could have gotten the lamb sandwich, but it was sold out for the day. The deli case made me long for having kitchen access.
320 Fell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
The next stop was Zero Zero.
We started with a small plate of crispy pork belly, roman style dumplings, broccolini, poached egg and harissa. This dish hits on just about everything I love...pork belly, runny egg yolk and a nice kick of spice from the harissa.
For our pizza, we ordered the Fillmore. Topped with Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, leeks, mozzarella, parmesan, pecorino, fontina, garlic, thyme. The crust had very nice chew and great char. Really nice
826 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(415) 348-8800 http://www.zerozerosf.com
The next day started with donuts. Dynamo Donut...a small donut & coffee shop in the Mission with a wide variety of donut flavors to choose from
We decided on 4.
Strawberry Earl Grey
Maple Glazed Bacon Apple
If I had to rank the 4 donuts, I’d say: Strawberry Earl Gray, Sticky Bun, Maple Glazed Apple Bacon and Apricot Cardamom. The Strawberry Earl Gray was most excellent, loved the combination of flavors as well as the more cake-like texture of the donut.
2760 24th Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
The next food destination was Alembic bar. I had read good things about the beer and spirits selection, in addition to food. On this day, the beer list was a little lacking as they had a bunch of empty taps at the time, but I was able to get the Spring 2012 Biere de Mars from Almanac.
There was certainly no shortage of whiskeys
Food menu mainly consists of snacks and small plates for sharing. We decided on a few dishes and they were all delicious.
Shishito peppers with house smoked salt
Pork Belly Slider with kimchee
Baby Back ribs, smoked maple glaze, celery root-apple slaw, pickled jalapeno
With the beer selection lacking, but an insane amount of spirits, I asked for the bartender to make me a drink of his choosing. He made me an excellent version of a sazarac
1725 Haight Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 666-0822 http://www.alembicbar.com
The last stop on our second day was at highly regarded Nopa. We arrived when they opened at 5 and were able to procure 2 seats at the end of the bar next to the wide open kitchen. It was really enjoyable sitting next to the kitchen watching the staff prep and taste the dishes that would be served on this night.
A wood burning rotisserie as well as a brick oven are at their disposal
From 5-6, they serve small plate snacks. Then at 6 you can order from the full dinner menu.
The first snack we started off with was fried asparagus with a garlic aioli
Next up was Goat cheese bread pudding and pickled beets. This was awesome. Loved the richness of the goat cheese with the crispiness of the bread exterior.
In between the snacks and dinner, they served us some strawberries with malden salt to really enhance the flavor
For dinner we ordered 3 dishes. First was a roasted cauliflower, kalamata olives and blood oranges
Burger w/ Aged Cheddar, Bacon, Pickled Onions and Chipotle Aioli. The burger was perfectly cooked. Beefy and delicious. The fries were very nice as well.
We had a tough time deciding between the rotisserie chicken and these giant pork chops they were cooking underneath the chickens on the wood fired grill. In the end we decided on the pork chop at the urging of the bartender. It was a wise choice.
Grilled pork chop, roasted carrots, snap peas and watercress
Everything about the meal was great. The atmosphere, the service and the food. I'd strongly recommend it.
560 Divisadero Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
The next day started off with a walk to Dottie’s True Blue Café for breakfast. It’s not in the best area of San Francisco, but it made for some nice people watching at 7 in the morning while we waited for Dottie’s to open. Crack heads hanging out on the corner, pimps and hoes walking down the street…good times. Anyways on to the food.
A vast menu with lot of choices in addition to a specials board with fresh baked good made for tough choices, but I managed.
Pulled Pork, Roasted Onion and Jack Cheese Scramble with Home Fries
Fresh baked Buttermilk Dill Toast that was a really great flavor combination
Wife went boring and just ordered pancakes, although the added cinnamon and ginger in the batter did add a nice hit of flavor
Dottie's True Blue
28 6th St
San Francisco, CA 94103http://dotties.biz/
After breakfast, we grabbed a rental car and headed up to Santa Rosa to do some drinking at Russian River. Unfortunately it turns out the kitchen was closed that day so we weren't able to eat there. In the end we decided it would't be a trip to CA without getting some In-n-Out burger. Figured we had to do it since neither of us had partaken before. Double Double animal style with fries. Burger was in the upper tier of fast food, but really nothing I need to eat again. Fries were terrible. I thought you couldn’t go wrong with fresh cut, but these proved me wrong. Not double frying seemed to be the big the problem.
For dinner, we ate at Flavor Bistro in downtown Santa Rosa. A pretty quaint spot with a very diverse menu.
Wife went with the Duck Ravioli with Gorgonzola-Walnut Sauce. The few bites I could swipe, were delicious
I ordered the Beef Short Ribs with Butternut Risotto. Super flavor in the short ribs, risotto was “on point” as a d-bag from Santa Rosa once said.
96 Exchange Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Early breakfast in Santa Rosa at Dierk's Parkside Cafe, so that we could get back to SF in reasonable time.
Despite the lowly diner look, the menu was full of more uspcale offerings
Fry Bread covered in cinnamon & sugar to share
Duck Confit with Hash Browns, Scrambled Eggs and Warm Apples
Breakfast Burrito filled with Grilled Chicken, Cheddar Cheese, Black Beans and Red Rice. Topped with fresh salsa
The duck confit was awesome. Right up there with the confit hash at Marigold Kitchen in Madison. Really enjoyed the food here, definitely a good spot to hit for breakfast.
Dierks Parkside Cafe
404 Santa Rosa Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
While, we still had a ton of places we would have liked to eat at, our trip came to an end with us but barely scratching the surface of places to eat.