Ladies hanging out
Totopos con Chile
We were hanging out on Division Street and looking for a place for good eats. The plan was to put in for a table at both Nopa and Nopalito, go to the hipster bar, and see who calls us first. Both restaurants were really packed so we knew we were going to get some enjoyable food. Lone and behold, Nopalito was the winner.
For our meal, our table started with the Totopos con Chile (chips and salsa) and the Gordita Campechana (crisp fried tortilla with braised beef). Both dishes helped jump-start the meal with bold tastes of spices and acid. Then for the main dishes, we got the Carnitas (braised pork) and the Enchiladas Potosinas de Camaron. The pork was slow braised in orange, beer, bay leaf and cinnamon, infusing tons of flavor. The Enchilada was balanced and delicious as well.
I enjoyed Nopalito and also gave them a “like” on their Facebook page. I dig a place pushing for good flavors and dedicated to sustainability. The cuisine definitely holds up to its motto of celebrating traditional Mexican cooking. Nopalito is a place full of discovery in each of their plates and I’m glad I got to enjoy many dishes with my group of homies.
Dungeness Crab Beignet
Pork Belly with cheesy grits and a poached egg
Shrimp and cheesy grits
I fell in love with Brenda’s a few years ago after one of those much-needed morning savory meals. The space was half its current size and the wait was 4 times as long. Not sure if that math makes sense, but the wait was worth it to experience the delicious Flight of Beignets, hangtown fry, and the fried chicken benedict. The meal was exceptionally memorable and I have been yearning to come back.
During my most recent SF trip to visit family and friends, we were finally able to make it back. My excitement was like being a kid in Toys-R-Us. We went on a Friday morning right before the lunch rush and were able to be seated within 10 minutes…. Victory! I needed a few minutes to settle in, as I was overjoyed with happiness. They’ve really hooked up the space to give it an updated classic New Orleans feel.
For our order, of course we went with the Flight of Beignets that we modified to consist of 3 beignets filled with dungeness crab (special for that day), crawfish, and apple. We wanted to re-live the previous dining experience but unfortunately the benedicts are only available during the weekend (sad face emoticon). But no worries, as we got the hangtown fry, and since I was feeling special, we ordered the pork belly and cheesy grits.
The beignets were just as stellar as I remembered. They are one of San Francisco’s best sweet and savory combinations that I’ve had. The hangtown fry was good, with oysters that were plump and plentiful, and bacon that added a smoky flavor. The pork belly cheesy grits were alright. I had high expectations but the dish just fell short. I expected the dish to completely harmonize and be better refined.
In all, I’m so happy to have gotten reacquainted with Brenda’s. It’s definitely worth trying, especially for the savory brunch lovers. San Francisco is a food playground and the beignets are a must play.
Stein aka 1 Liter
It’s like this Err day Err day
Rolling with the homies
Pink deviled eggs
Spotted….beef tongue slider
Sausage with sauerkraut on a pretzel bun
Biergarten is absolutely my favorite drinking spot in San Francisco. So favorite I went back to back days on my trip. Beirgarten was considered my official social hub to meet up my SF homies.
The scene is poppin with a sophisticated modern NYC outdoor vibe (surrounded by bistro lights). The ambiance sets the mood to socialize and drink pilsner by the liter. The food here is pretty good too. This place is a small plates kind of deal but not small on taste. The Biergarten is an excellent warm up spot for SF diners and drinkers. Also this place is the infamous location where I was featured on picsoffazntakingpicsoffood courtey of the official Byron Ong.
Thanks again Biergarten for hosting me.. I had an excellent time and will be back.
Ready to plow
Plow brunch fresh pork sausage, eggs your way, potatoes, and almond pancakes
Dungeness crab scramble
I plowed through my brunch at Plow in San Francisco. Plow is one of the most poppin’ weekday brunch spots in the city. The food is new american that is done very well, fresh, simple, and flavorful. Plow makes this section of Potrero Hill a foodie’s paradise.
The Plow breakfast gives you the best of both words (sweet & savory) with fresh pork sausage, almond pancakes (or lemon), eggs your way, and the crispiest flavorful potatoes you can have. We also got the dungeness crab scramble which was delicious as well. I’m glad I was able to plow here.
Spicy noodle with beef cheek
Pork belly with thousand year old egg and rice rolls
Salad rice rolls
BBQ beef brisket sandwich (GQ’s best dish in San Francisco)
My mission if I chose to accept was to dine at Mission Chinese Food and take instagram it up. The mission was gladly accepted however I think we ordered more dishes than two people can handle.
The Mission Chinese Food menu was like Disneyland! There were so many asian dishes with all my favorite ingredients and sold at reasonable prices. I done lost my figure in an asian foodie’s paradise. The BBQ beef brisket was delicious, slow cooked and flavory to articulate all it’s goodness. The salad rolls, pork belly, and spicy noodle soup were all good as well. The mission very much satisfied.
On a bonus note, I tweeted that the food hipster had finally embarked on this mission and then chef Danny Bowien came out to chat it up. He appreciated my venture down from Seattle and called in a table for me at my next destination. Too bad I wasn’t picture ready since my glasses were fogged up from the spicy noodle soup.
Popovers for breakfast
Eggs San Francisco (rendition of Eggs Benedict)
French Toast with Apple and Bacon
Viewtastic from the table
The Cliff House Bistro is one of San Francisco’s most fantastic and viewtastic brunch experiences. It provides classic old school California charm with a warm nostalgic feel.
The brunch started off with fresh buttery popovers that were so amazing. Then for the main course we had the Eggs San Francisco (their version of Crab Eggs Benedict) and the French Toast with bacon. I must say, the Eggs SF was way too delicious with fresh meaty crab, perfectly poached eggs, and a nice sauce. I was sad to have to share half of it with my fiancee, nevertheless the French Toast with bacon was a good choice too. It’s wonderful to have a good meal and overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I can live this lifestyle everyday.
The Cliff House Bistro was great recommendation from my fiancee’s uncle and aunt. It is the Nordstrom Rack version of the Cliff House Sutro, but still had first class in food, service, and views.
Off the grid …. not Haightin
OG pink boxes
Pork belly baked bun - the best sandwich in San Francisco
Spicy chicken bun
Coca cola braised pork bun
Bao down when you come to San Francisco. IMO the Chairman Truck is the best food truck in the bay area. I’m a sucker for steamed buns and bigger one for baked…. It must be the hipsterness? Or strong desire for asian food? It’s both!
I must emphasize the pork belly baked bun was one hell of an experience….succulent pork belly with pickled daikon in a soft sweet baked bao bun that had made each bite of this sandwich perfect. I’m getting hungry writing this. The other baos were delicious too and packed with flavor. The food from the Chairman Truck was so good, I would consider leading an investment group to bring this truck to Seattle.
Short rib tacos
The Namu Street Food stand is the Nordstrom Rack of Namu Gaji. The stand is a fraction of the cost with fraction of the menu. The cuisine is Korean and fused with the other Asian cultures. We had the short rib tacos and okonomiyake. They were good choices and had tons of flavor. However, as another patron walked by with the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) I saw goodness, spiciness, and delicious! I guess that’s on my to do list for next time.
Porchetta Sandwich - the business
the action aka line
the sandwich artist
It’s my first morning in San Francisco and where should I hit up? I’m going to go to the Farmer’s Market at the Ferry Building. What more can you want? coffee, food trucks, scenery, and true San Francisco living.
The must visit at the Farmer’s market is Roli Roti which is home to one of the best sandwiches in SF… the Porchetta. Also it’s the first rotisserie food truck with a dedication to organic and sustainability. The sandwich is slow cooked pork loin served in a baguette and topped with some crispy pork skin and arugula. Taste…so amazing like the Kanye West song that featured Young Jeezy. The lines are long but if you sustain, you are in for a real San Francisco treat.