Recently I had to travel to San Francisco for a work trip. Since it was near my birthday, my husband Tim decided to tag along and we stayed over the weekend. Now, we’ve been to San Fran before and had done a lot of the top tourist sites like Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf, so this trip was more about going off the beaten path, and eating. Lots and lots of eating!
Naturally, I wanted to share my favorite food destinations with you. So, wether you are planning or own trip or merely dreaming, here was the best of the weekend!
Every guide and list I looked at referenced Tartine Bakery. After reading this guide on Serious Eats, I was sold. And I took notes! We somehow managed to eat 5 of the 10 items they listed as musts. Since there were only two of us, I’d say we did ok. We got the quiche of the day and bread pudding to eat there and took three pastries, the morning bun, classic croissant, and the frangipane croissant to go. And I’d order this exact thing over again. They were all amazing. We ate on those pastries for the next two days and even 48 hours in, they were delicious! I will admit that the morning bun was one I considered skipping, but am so glad I didn’t. It was my favorite!
That night for dinner we at at Zuni Cafe. They are famous for their roasted chicken, which takes an hour to cook. And no, I don’t think you can order in advance. However, it is worth the wait! Just order an app and some wine, relax, and enjoy the evening. We devoured the chicken so quickly that I failed to take a picture, but I did capture these shoestring fries we got while we waited. They may be the best I’ve ever had! Super light and perfectly crispy.
Another must for any food lover is the Ferry Building Marketplace. It’s not far from Pier 39 and other famous tourist landmarks and I had been before, but never on Saturday. It’s a treat any day of the week with Acme Bread, Cowgirl Creamery, plenty of restaurants, and other speciality stores; but on Saturday there is also a bustling farmer’s market. It was amazing and there were almost too many choices, especially given that we were far away from home. I resisted the urge to fill my carry on with mushrooms from Far West Fungi and baby artichokes, and focused on getting some good picnic food. Also, is Far West Fungi not the best name ever!
We gathered figs, pears, a round of seasonal cheese from Cowgirl Creamery, olives, and a baguette from Acme Bread and headed to Golden Gate Park for a picnic. It was by far the best meal I’ve had in months in a beautiful setting. If you are in the city on Saturday, I highly recommend stopping by. You won’t be disappointed!
Finally, we finished out our trip with brunch at Sweet Maple. One of the client’s I was meeting with recommended it, mainly for the Millionaire’s Bacon. Now, I love bacon as much as the next person, but I am not a bacon fanatic and I was skeptical. Not anymore. This bacon is thick cut and baked with a maple and cayenne glaze. It was worth every delicious calorie. The picture I took turned out blurry so just take my word on it! They are also much more than trendy bacon. Tim got some excellent pancakes and I got a scramble that, while not photogenic, was really tasty. It’s off the beaten path, but well worth it!