The local San Franciscans were in amazement! The weather this past weekend was PERFECT – crystal clear, 60 for a high, 45 or so low, no wind. We missed seeing any of their famous fog until Sunday morning! When you combine that walking weather with family, magical views, incredible restaurants, and art, you have a trip that makes lifetime memories!
Steve and I were joined by my daughter, Susan, and her boyfriend, Josh. We were hosted by my niece, Jesse, and her husband Brian. Now those two know this city! Brian is native, and Jesse has learned a lot in the year since they moved there. We all had new restaurant experiences because we tried highly recommended restaurants their friends loved.
Fat Crab and Eggs at Joanie's Happy Days Diner in San Francisco
I will rave about dining experiences in this blog and go on to other fun things next blog. If you are traveling to San Francisco, or even if you live there, these are some dining opportunities I think you will love.
R&G Lounge isn’t what it sounds like! This Chinatown Cantonese restaurant at 631 Kearney Street in Chinatown is bustling with locals. It looks tiny from the front door, but the downstairs is huge. It has won Michelin awards for several years – and we concur! Start with some egg rolls and calimari! Their fried rice is fabulous; and our other shared entrees recommended by the waiter were equally great.
Top of the Mark at the Intercontinental Mark Hopkins offers spectacular views at sundown. We missed that view but loved the nighttime twinkling lights over cocktails.
Rose Pistola 532 Columbus, is in a fun neighborhood not too far from the Argonaut Hotel (Fisherman’s Wharf) where we stayed for the third time. The pizza at Rose Pistola is cooked in wood-fired ovens — crisp, thin crust, with so many choices of toppings it is mind-boggling to finally make a choice.
On Saturday, our breakfast restaurant was recommended by the Argonaut doorman – “where we all go.” Well, that did it! Joanie’s Happy Days Diner was such fun and soooo good. That is where I enjoyed the Fat Crab and Eggs which is on the blog photograph. It is just a few blocks from the Argonaut.
Steve and I ferried to Sausalito on Saturday. In the next blog, I will talk about the galleries and the hotel…
We enjoyed lunch and the service at Scoma’s on the water. The Crab Louie salad was piled high. I can also recommend their sourdough bread and butter….
That evening, we went to Umami’s Japanese restaurant. Their happy hour deals are great –bottles of wine and appetizers half price. After all the appetizers, we had a hard time ordering entrees, but we did. We just passed around dishes and shared, and they just kept coming!!!
Sunday morning, we brunched at Ella’s. Again, a neighborhood restaurant the locals love. ( It is neoclassical american cooking. 500 Presidio Ave. www.ellassanfrancisco.com) If you love pancakes, these got rave reviews. I had the chicken hash and had to share it so all could savor. The chunks of chicken and potatoes were seasoned to perfection, crispy bowned and not a dish you can have just anywhere!
After that midday treat, we needed a nap, a walk, and a chance to look at the views again before leaving on Monday. Steve and I were on our own, so we asked for a consult. The hotel concierge recommended Ti Piacera, 1507 Polk Street, for a farewell Italian dinner. Amore! Eggplant appetizer and calimari started us off on this revisit to Rome. Chicken Parmigiana and linguine with clam sauce were FINE!
We did spend a lot of time eating over 3 days; however, we don’t have to weigh until we want to….or feel it is safe.
Please share! When you go to San Francisco, where to you like to eat? Comments welcome!