Sometimes I write an email and realize that it could be a blog post with a few tweaks. This morning I wrote an email to share some of our favorite places to eat in the Bay Area (aka our former HOME!) with our new Phoenix-based hair stylist as she will be visiting there in the next couple of weeks.
After D commented that I did not need to write a novel to her, I realized that this was in fact good enough to share on my blog.
So here are a few of our favorite places to eat in the Bay Area:
Dragonwell – 100% for Chinese, we have literally been going for over 16 years hahah, it was my study place in college
Pier 23 – fun with bar, good food and right on water
Waterbar – great view, seafood
San Francisco Fish Company – hole in the wall, but yummy clam chowder and sandwiches. Don’t let the line at Hog Island make you think you are in the wrong place. Hog Island is good, but not really worth the hype.
Another option at the Ferry Building would be to start at Acme, get a fresh baguette, head to Cowgirl Creamery for some amazing cheese, then go to Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant and enjoy the baguette and cheese with a great bottle of Rose. Oh and while you are in the Ferry Building, you just have to go to Recchiuti, my favorite chocolatier ever. Get their s’mores kit to go for later in your trip, you will not go wrong.
Oh geesh, and Mijita also in Ferry Building has tasty Mexican food by Traci Des Jardins.
Tartine – in the Mission district, best croissants, pain au chocolate, frangipane croissant (aka almond croissant, twice baked, need I say more?), also great coffees, get some cookies to go if you want. There desserts and tarts are also good.
Then head go for a walk around the Mission or up to Castro, Delores Park is right there which can be nice to bask in the sun if it is a sunny day (no promises…), before heading back to the same street for lunch at Pizzeria Delfina, yummy yummy pizza before heading across the street to Bi-Rite Creamery (different than the market on the same side of street) for ice cream for dessert.
If you get down the Peninsula, Sushi Sam’s in San Mateo is off the charts for sushi. Sit at the bar and start with a Chili Dog (hand roll of spicy tuna) and then order the Omikase menu if you are adventurous, otherwise stick to the menu that is written on the board behind the chefs as it is what is special for the day. (see photos here….)
Vanilla Moon in San Carlos is a great spot for hot chocolate and scones.
Here’s to realizing that 36 hours in the Bay Area is not nearly enough, guess I need to start plotting our next trip……
You can thank us for clearly expanding waist lines, thankfully we gave some walking ideas too, right?