Friday, October 18, 2013
Food | San Francisco, CA
A good food scene is sure to always make us love a city, and San Francisco (and Berkeley!) didn't disappoint. We did some meals in San Francisco and some in Berkeley, where we were staying with friends.
By the way, definitely drive over the bridge to Berkeley if you have the time during your trip - it's a fun area with great restaurants, shops, and just a good vibe.
Here's a look at where we ate:
Swan Oyster Depot
This place is a little seedy and a lot of perfect. Family run, tons of regular customers, and great, fresh seafood, like crabs, oysters, and smoked salmon. You have to wait in a line outside for a spot to open up - I think we only had to wait 10 or so minutes since we made sure to get there a littler earlier than the usual 12pm lunch time.
Om Sha Tea House
I'm so sad to see on Yelp that this restaurant is now closed! This was a great spot in the Mission District where you could get a healthy, delicious meal, or just chill out and have some tea. The ambiance was completely soothing and our server was unbelievably friendly. Sorry you guys won't get to try this one out for yourselves. But, trust me: toast some bread and top it with a mixture of olives and smashed avocado and you'll have yourself a delicious lunch.
This was a fun spot to grab a throw-back cocktail, and I always love to see bartenders wearing suspenders. We went in right around happy hour when it was still a little quiet (which I prefer) but it seems that this place gets loud and packed later in the evening.
This might have been one of my favorite meals of the trip (the pictures do the food no justice). We had a very lovely dinner here on our last night in town. We shared a few plates, like Brussels sprouts fried in duck fat, duck pate, and a pasta dish, and even had dessert because everything was so good that we couldn't resist. Be sure to make reservations for this place, as we had to wait a bit for a seat at the bar over looking the cook's line.
We popped in here on a late afternoon when we wanted a drink and a snack. I loved the casual but simplistic vibe and the mac and cheese was to die for.
This night was a fun one - it was our first night in town and we got to catch up with our friends over Mexican food and tequilla cocktails out in the back patio.
And we ate a few other wonderful meals in Berkeley but I honestly cannot remember the restaurant names!
Do you have a favorite San Francisco restaurant?
See all the other San Francisco posts right here.