|Welcome to San Francisco|
On our second night after visiting the beautiful Golden Gate and walking around the Golden Gate Park, it was time to look for some good Italian food. We found Calzone’s on Columbus Avenue. They had tables set outside the restaurant on the walkway facing the street. The ambiance was pretty nice and it looked inviting. People watching on holiday is always fun. Food was pretty amazing. Clams Escargot was fresh and tasty baked with butter, parsley and breadcrumbs. The Combo Pizza of sausage meat, pepperoni, eggplant and tomato was a refreshing change from the usual meat lovers. It was an oblong pizza to start with, beautiful thin and crispy base with perfect balance of ingredients. I love my pasta and seafood so of course I had to order Crab Fettucine cooked with scallop sauce and cherry tomatoes. The hand cut fettucine was cooked beautifully and tasted yummy. I definitely got decent chunks of crab meat too! Oh and parmesan cheese freshly grated off the block in front of you is always a plus!
On Thanksgiving morning it was a little quieter than usual but being a tourist destination there were still plenty of people about. Shops were still open. Breakfast was a Crab and Shrimp Chowder in Sourdough Bread Bowl. Gotta do that in San Francisco don’t ya?
Thanksgiving night was the beginning of our quest for Black Friday bargains with Target at Union Square being the first to open at 9pm. Mr. Foodie was mostly tracking down console games, I was just there for the atmosphere. Between our run and grab at Target and Best Buy at midnight, we got hungry. We actually discovered a lot of nice Thai food in America which was very comforting. They were very good and affordable eats. We came across Bangkok Noodles which looked busy. Red Curry Chicken and Rice – Absolutely delicious!
Pad Prik Pork – Stir fry chilli pork with long beans and vegetables served with rice. Completely appetizing and yummy.
The next day we were at Union Square again looking for Black Friday deals when we found another busy Thai restaurant – King of Thai Noodle House. I don’t know about authenticity but taste was very good. We ordered Tom Yum Goong, Pad Thai and Crispy Egg Noodle with Chicken and Vegetable Gravy. All very delicious and cheap.
While we were shopping in Westfield Union Square, we checked out the food court. Man the choices are amazing and they all look so good. We weren’t really hungry but could probably spend a week trying stuff from each counter. Anyway, there was one thing we haven’t had since we got here. Fish Tacos! We found Catch Isle which had good reviews and decided to order Fish Tacos and Garlic Fries. Boy were they delicious and fresh! Another tick off the list.
One of the places we read about before going to San Francisco was Hollywood Cafe. It was a pretty cool breakfast cafe with pictures of Hollywood stars along the wall and some breakfast menu items named after Hollywood Stars of the past. One thing we noticed is how common a 3 egg breakfast is. Portions are massive! What we love though, is how readily available sauces, butter, jam and syrup is for no extra charge. In fact this was the case everywhere! Sauce in abundance, no charge. A big difference from Australia.
One of the recommendations was to try the Hollywood Hash browns and so we did. The first order was a Three egg omelette with hash browns and toast, extremely filling and overly massive. It didn’t quite resemble the shape of an omelette, more scrambled if you ask me but then again with all that filling, it might be a bit difficult. It had potatoes, bacon, ham, sausage, capsicum, cheese, onions, tomatoes and avocado. Delicious, very delicious but couldn’t finish it at all.
Mr. Foodie had Toast, Sausage and Egg with Hollywood Hash Brown. The toast was slices of French stick bread, fresh and soft in the middle. Hollywood Hash Brown is basically hash brown topped with a mix of bacon bits, avocado, onions, peppers and melted cheese. The cheese they use there is different to what we use in Australia. They use Monterey Jack’s cheese which is a semi hard cheese made from cow’s milk in America. The hash browns are also different, not as we know it fast food style. At a breakfast cafe they make it themselves, almost like potato rosti. It’s fresh and delicious.
This was our last day in San Francisco so we went to Hyde Street Pier and Ghirardelli Square after looking at a few other places. Ghirardelli is a proudly San Francisco born chocolatier since 1852. It’s everywhere in San Francisco. Being holiday season I think I got about 3 free chocolate squares from place to place. They had a chocolate and ice cream cafe, actually there was about 3 of them along the street all equally popular with a big line up.
The Gold Rush – Vanilla ice cream with freshly homemade hot fudge and melted peanut butter throughout. Perfectly topped with whipped cream, chopped almonds, a cherry and a Ghirardelli SQUARES Milk Chocolate. Enough said.
Our last dinner was an interesting experience. We dined at The Pub at Ghirardelli Square. The Pub boasts amazing house smoked ribs and pulled pork cooked for 16 to 18 hours in house. We ordered Kim’s Triple Threat thinking it was a sampling plate at USD$24. Unknowingly, while we were thinking that we were being good sharing a main, this meal was enough for three! This was also my last chance to eat Buffalo Wings which I love so much so we ordered a serve of Buffalo Wings and a BLT Chopped Salad as well. The BLT Salad was interesting and very yummy with crispy bacon strips, blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado and croutons.
Triple Threat $24 – 4 Pieces of Southern Fried Chicken, 4 Ribs, Pulled Pork, 3 Cornbread Muffins, Jalapeno Coleslaw, Brocolli and Bacon Laced Corn Kernels. Absolutely delicious. The Southern Fried Chicken was crispy and the ribs and pulled pork just melted in the mouth. Bacon laced corn is just combining everything I like and the corn muffins were so moist. A great last meal before leaving San Francisco but a shame about all the wastage. We just couldn’t eat anymore.
And so ends out journey in San Francisco!