Tuesday, July 29, 2014

GS RIVERSIDE BBQ WELCOME TO MEAT WEEK

Geary is a long avenue that stretches nearly the entire length of San Francisco from Market Street all the way out to Ocean Beach. Along the way it speeds through downtown and several neighborhoods all with their own splash of San Francisco-ness.  Once it crosses Arguello is becomes the Richmond District which is a large and encompassing area. I get out their occasionally to visit Green Apple Books and figure since I took the exhausting trip on the 38 Geary MUNI bus I may as well make the most of my time here and hit some places to eat, of which there are many. They seem to take up every other storefront as you make your way down Geary and are mostly of the Chinese, Mexican, coffee shop variety. Though every now and then something different appears, in this case GS Riverside BBQ, a small corner spot serving up smoke meat stuff, and of course I am so going to give it a try.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

YOUR WEEKLY DIGESTION OF FOOD NEWS TO CONSUME

Chicken salad from The Sandwich Shop in Dogpatch is a tiny mom and pop with some great sandwiches made to order like this one. House made chicken salad on toasted 9 grain with all the fixings or whichever ones you choose. And to top it off most of their choices are just $6 for a very large sandwich--where else you gonna get that in this town? It makes a great hidden find for folks who work in the neighborhood and don't want to drop a lot for lunch. 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

FRANCES IN THE CASTRO...THIS IS WHAT FOOD IS FOR

Most folks like me keep a list of some sort of places they want to try. From hole in the wall to fancy shmancy places that may require a small loan to dine at. My list is pretty long and just as I take something off 2 more come on to take its place--kind of like the mythical hydra and I trying to be like an eating Hercules getting through them all. It's a Sisyphean task to say the least but I soldier on because I like food and if it's good then all the better. One such place that's been near the top of my list for awhile is Frances. I'd heard nothing but raves about since it opened thus it is a difficult place to get reservations at unless you can go right when they open at 5pm (during the week no less!) but you know folks have jobs and stuff and it's difficult sometimes to make that work. Though me and SO finally got schedules to mesh and made our way their one weekday at 5 night--miracles happen.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

YOUR WEEKLY DIGESTION OF FOOD NEWS TO CONSUME

A peanut butter and jam cookie from Frog Hollow Farms at the Ferry Building. This was a delightful surprise--very nutty and filled with homemade apricot jam--tasty, slightly crisp and sweet--I could have eaten more than one. Can't wait to see if they try a different jam flavor because I will try them all.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

FOOD TRUCK QUICK BITE: FIRETRAIL PIZZA AT THE SOMA STREATFOOD PARK

Pizza from a truck, it used to be a novelty when Del Popolo hit the streets with a wood-fired oven that was mobile and served up hot pizzas to the masses. Since then several other trucks have come on the scene so it's not such a rare occurrence to come across one at Off The Grid or in this case at SOMA StrEatFood Park. This time around it's Firetrail Pizza truck, which isn't so much a truck as a trailer with a semi-permanent spot here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

JAMBER WINE PUB IN SOMA AN OFF-BEAT SANDWICH APPROACH

In this town you can pretty much turn any corner and come across a restaurant you've never heard of. Sometimes they are new, sometimes they've been there for awhile and it's flown under every one's (meaning mine) radar. When this happens I feel out of the loop and think how did I miss this? I was out running some errands one day and while I was heading back home I took a different root (really I was trying to stay in the shade) and came down 5th and made a left on Folsom and walked half a block when I strolled past this little place that had a patio out front. I stopped and took a gander at it and the menu hanging out front. It was called Jamber Wine Pub and I tried to think if I'd read about it somewhere and forgotten or just totally missed the run up to it's opening. I'm going to go with a little of both, lest you think I don't have my pulse on the food scene of San Francisco and I loose any credibility I've built up. Or whatever. I marked this place down on my "to try" list and one late lunch day while I was still gainfully unemployed I made my way over there to see what was the what.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

SAIGON SANDWICH IN THE TENDERLOIN GET A BITE OF THIS

In the great pantheon of sandwiches I'd heard of banh mi's but never really tried one. Then I was in Vietnam and, well, they are everywhere and for about a $1 you get a smallish sandwich with a strip of meat, supposedly pork, with some carrots, some onion, a little cilantro, a pepper or two and a smear of what looks like mayo on a bun with the size and look of hot dog buns. A little street food to just grab and go. Interesting, but mostly, unimpressed. Back here, especially in the last few years, the banh mi has really taken off with any number of placing serving up what I'd like to call a suped big American size version of it. I've had a few since my return and for the most part, I kind of like what's being done. One place in town that's been slinging these banh's for long before it became a fad is a tiny (I mean really tiny) little place called Saigon Sandwich in that lovely part of town called the Tenderloin.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

NOODLE THEORY IN OAKLAND HAS A FOOD SOLUTION

"There is no there there," is a famous quote by Gertrude Stein about her childhood home in Oakland and as you can rightly guess, it is not a compliment. While I don't consider the East Bay a wasteland like she did, I don't get over there much, but not for the reason you think. Mostly I start to think, oh I should pop over there and then I see myself getting on MUNI to BART and the whole idea just exhausts me. So yes, I'm a bit lazy and joining the huddle masses on public transportation is not the most fun thing in this town--I ride it enough to know. But I had been promising my friends and former co-workers CW and CR I'd come over someday and we could all nosh and catch up. Thus it was that I rallied my internal fortitude and made plans to journey across the bay and dine. Only knowing peripheral places over there I left it up to them to pick a spot and didn't put any parameters on what kind of food. After de-BART-ing at Rockridge and jumping in CW's cute tiny car we headed over to try a hotspot and favorite of her's Noodle Theory.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

YOUR WEEKLY DIGESTION OF FOOD NEWS TO CONSUME

El Porteno is mainly known for empanadas (which you should definitely try--especially the mushroom) but at the Ferry Building they also sell shortbread cookies filled with dulce de leche and covered in white or dark chocolate. They are crumbly goodness that will give you a real sugar rush for only $2.50--a bargain that you can pair with a cup of coffee from Blue Bottle a few stalls away. 


Friday, June 27, 2014

Q RESTAURANT....A FINAL MEAL AT LAST CALL WITH AN OLD FAVORITE

I (vaguely) remember when I moved here 16 years ago this month and marveled at this city by the sea. It was also at this time that I became enthralled, and a bit overwhelmed by all the restaurants that seemed to be everywhere. Little neighborhood spots that you heard about from friends, in the paper weeklies that filled newsstands or just stumbling across something while wandering around the different hoods. Internet was around but it wasn't exactly easily accessible to track down hot new things like cool new places to eat. Into this world was when Q Restaurant came into existence and me and my friend Miss O (who works in the neighborhood) found this place serving up Southernish dishes, like ribs and tater tots and drew us into it's food web. Thus it was with some sadness when I heard the news they were closing down, not because business was bad, but after all these years they were just ready to move on. As June 29th would be their last day I texted up Miss O and said we really need to have a last meal there and we finally got our calendars to mesh and showed up on a Thursday at 5pm right when they opened to have one last meal for old times sakes.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

TABLE FOR ONE: EATING SINGLE IN THE BIG CITY....DINERS!!!

"Adam and Eve on a raft! Wreck 'em!" I first heard this phrase on an episode of "I Love Lucy" where the gang of four bought a diner to run together and then of course things fell apart and hilarity ensued. The term is diner lingo for 2 scrambled eggs with toast and it came to mind when I was thinking of places for solo eaters to dine. And of course, what better way to get a decent meal at a decent price when by yourself than at a diner--a place as ubiquitous to American eating as pie.

Monday, June 16, 2014

TOMMY'S JOYNT....NO IT REALLY ISN'T ABOUT THE FOOD

A few weeks ago The San Francisco Heritage Foundation completed their list of the 100 "Legacy Bars & Restaurants"  in town and like most folks I decided to look over the list and see how many of the places I'd been to over the years. Turns out I'd been to a fair number over the years, though some I hadn't hit up in a while. This whole list came to mind as me and the SO had just gotten out of a movie at Van Ness and were looking for something to eat when the neon brightness of Tommy's Joynt caught my eye. I took it as a "sign" to get back in touch with one of the first places I myself had eaten at upon my arrival here 16 years ago. Thus we made our way up the block and across the street to eat.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

FOOD TRUCK QUICK BITE: OUI CHEF FRENCH AMERICAN CUISINE

It's a mostly sunny, breezy Saturday and what better time to hit up SOMA StrEat Food Park to grab some grub while running errands. The SO and  get lucky with the parking and make the circle stroll to see what our choices are. Normally we end up getting different things but there are only a handful of truck today and by some miraculousness we both decide to try the same vendor and hit up Oui Chef.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

4505 BURGERS & BBQ....THE MEAT PARADE CONTINUES

After a brief break for brunch I'm back on the meat wagon again as the explosion of roast/smoke/barbecue houses continues in San Francisco. This time I'm turning my attention to 4505 Burgers & BBQ, the new brick and mortar location on Divisadero of the popular burger/meat vendor from the Ferry Plaza's Farmers Market.