San Francisco Food – I loved it!
With only a couple of days to sample as many different SF eats, we did our best. The only thing I know that we definitely missed was trying a burrito as apparently the city is quite famous for them. It was on my list but it was on the day that we got sunburned and went back to the hotel early. So we’ll have to leave that for next time.
Once again I’ll remind you that my husband Topher can eat for days while I get starving and then can usually only manage a small portion (boo!).
As for this time, take a look at everything we ate:
What’s a first time trip to San Francisco without visiting the historic Boudin Bakery. Being a seafood lover I had to get the clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl. I did have reservations about not being able to finish the whole thing as I saw loads of people leaving their bread bowls but I had no problem at all.
It was so delicious and Topher and I really wanted to take home some chocolate bread too but decided against it due to the sheer amount of other food we needed to consume that weekend. If I ever come back to San Francisco, I’ll definitely be getting this again. Topher had beef chilli in a bread bowl and wolfed the whole thing down. I had a taste of it too and it was nom!
First thing in the morning, we set off to line up for Mr Holmes Bakehouse as I wanted to try a cruffin. One thing to point out with San Francisco, they love queuing for stuff. If something is good, there will pretty much always be a line so keep that in mind! We arrived at about 7.45am on a Saturday morning and the place was due to open at 8. There were about 5 people in line ahead of us and more people joined behind us.
Unfortunately, cruffins don’t actually arrive on the premises until 9am. I didn’t know this until reading the signs outside as at the time of researching I’m pretty sure it didn’t say on their website. They now have a countdown clock on their website so you can figure out what time they arrive. Boo. We had another bakery to hit so I just picked a churro croissant instead.
You can see them to the left of the green dipped croissants. It was amazing and I don’t even usually like croissants. Topher had a savoury danish which he said “hit the spot”. Croissant in hand, I turned around ready to get my instagram shot with the pink “I got baked in San Francisco” neon sign but it was turned off. Broken? Or the staff couldn’t be bothered to turn it on? Not sure, I felt stupid asking so we left.
I was a bit miffed but it wasn’t the end of the world and I got a tasty pastry so we headed off to our next
I had heard great things about B.Patisserie’s Kouign Aman (pronounced Queen Aman) pastry but nothing prepared me for the piece of heaven I tasted. I could have had a whole plate of them. Dough, butter and sugar have never tasted so good! Topher had a chocolate pastry which he really enjoyed.
On the hunt for carbohydrates after our busy morning, we finally reached The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen where the smell of cheese greeted us. Topher found himself overwhelmed with all the choice but I knew what I wanted. The mac n cheese grilled cheese. Doesn’t that sound like carb heaven?
It was everything I thought it would be and more!
Topher finally decided on the Reuben Adams which is essentially a pastrami sandwich and he loved it.
We also had a side of garlic fries as we were starving. They were tasty and I really liked the dip that came with the
This wasn’t a planned stop but while we were strolling through Chinatown, we had a craving for bobo tea so we stopped here. Turns out it’s quite a famous chain. Topher got a coffee one and I got a red bean one. Delicious! Topher was really impressed that they would make it to your specifications too so he got a super strong one. They were perfect for cooling down as it got quite warm that afternoon.
In the evening we headed out for our fancy meal of the trip, Tadich Grill. It’s a seafood restaurant that was established in 1849! As you know, I’m a massive seafood fan so I couldn’t miss it. They don’t take reservations so you just have to turn up and wait.
We got lucky and got seated straight away despite the long queue because we were willing to sit at the bar. If you want a table, you have to wait and it looks like you may have to wait awhile.
The majority of the bar is used for diners, so we hopped onto our barstools and discussed the menu.
Topher had fish which I don’t remember what it was. Trout perhaps? Whatever it was, he ate it all.
Topher finds my love of seafood funny as every time we go to a restaurant that serves it, I have to pick the dish that has as many different kinds of seafood in it as possible. Yes, yes, I like to eat the ocean. So of course, I picked the famous Cioppino which is a tomatoey stew sauce with clams, prawns, scallops, white fish, shrimp, crab meat and mussels. They even give you an attractive bib to protect your clothes. It was so tasty! I managed to eat the majority of it but had to forgo most of the garlic toast that accompanied it.
So if you love seafood, I definitely recommend this place.
An ice cream shop that is known for it’s interesting flavours, I had to give Humphry Slocombe a try. It usually has a long line but as we arrived not too long before closing at their Ferry Building location, there were only a couple of people in front of us.
Topher of course had the Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee flavour and I tried the Harvest Graham and Honey Milk which was pretty tasty. Out of the two ice cream places we tried (the other being Bi.Rite which is further down), Topher says that this place was his favourite. I’m not sure which I prefer. Guess I’ll have to come back and try again!
Another early start and another queue before opening time, we stood outside Tartine Bakery. I’m glad we did as when we sat down with our purchases, the line was down the street. It did move quickly though.
I of course had to have their famous Morning Bun which is pastry with cinnamon, sugar and candied orange. I think this may have snuck into first place on the pastry front for me. It was incredible. Topher had a savoury scone and a chocolate hazelnut tart which he also enjoyed. He did agree that we would have to come back one day to try one of their massive pain au chocolates though. Those things were huge!
Lunch was at the Haight District branch of Cha Cha Cha – a Caribbean, Cuban tapas place that serves awesome sangria. The interior was super quirky!
Say hello to my only alcoholic drink of the holiday! This sangria was really nice.
Topher had the spicy chicken sandwich.
And I had the steak sandwich.
As good as our sandwiches were, the highlight was definitely the side of plantains. Even Topher was picking away at them and he claimed to not even like plantain!
Be prepared to queue! We weren’t helped that this was a super hot day so of course everyone would be after some ice cream. I would say we queued about 20 minutes – 30 tops, I kind of lost count after awhile as I just wanted to sit down at this point.
So we finally reached the front and went for two scoops each (we earned it!). I got black sesame and ricanelas (snickerdoodle) and Topher got ricanelas and the ritual coffee toffee. I really loved mine. Maybe this was my favourite? I think Topher preferred Humphry’s because the coffee flavour was a lot stronger. I would recommend trying both places so you can pick your own favourite.
I finally got my beignets! And they were awesome. Once again we queued up before opening time and there were only a few people with us. Probably because it was a Monday morning.
So we decided to share everything and went with some french toast and a beignet flight where you get to try the plain, chocolate, apple and crawfish beignets. Obviously start with the crawfish! All of them were delicious and we were surprised at how big they were. We could have probably just had those and been happy.
But of course we made the mistake of ordering the french toast as well which also turned out to be huge. It’s like a loaf of bread! They were incredibly delicious but I could only manage one slice. Topher did his best and finished the majority but even he couldn’t clean the plate. Oops! I would definitely recommend this place though. The beignets were to die for.
I’d heard good things about this sandwich place so for our last meal in San Francisco, we headed over.
The menu was extensive and there’s something for everyone. They even cater for halal and vegans. I was so happy to see a meatball sandwich that had only beef meatballs so I ordered the Michael Jordan which has meatballs, marinara sauce and pepper jack. It was so good but as I was still full from breakfast I could only eat half of it. I really don’t remember what Topher had but he finished the whole thing so that tells me that he liked it!
And that’s it for our food adventure in San Francisco.