Challenge – top foods in your town

20 08 2010

A dear friend of mine read an article about amazing things to eat in SF before you die, (not this article), and was excited enough by the bacon wrapped oysters listed to suggest that we eat at the establishment that has them for dinner while he was visiting last weekend.  For the record, I did not feel that our meal was worth the effort of going downtown or the expense, and I’m pretty easy to please in the food adventure department.  The service was HORRIBLE and admitted it and didn’t fix things and the food was only decent (and overpriced).  The best item we tasted was the lemon aoili that came with our fried artichokes.  But I digress…

This made me think of what kind of food list I would actually be excited to have: a list of my friends’ favorite eats.  Not the fanciest or most avant garde (unless it’s also delicious), but the stuff that you crave after a long day or week or that thing you just have to share when the folks are in town.

Here is a list of 37 of my favorite things to eat in San Francisco:

  1. “spicy white tuna” and halibut cheek at Warakubune
  2. oysters and “steamer” clams at Hot Island Oyster Company
  3. chicken and yucca frita at Limon Rotisserie
  4. cauliflower and calamari at Spork
  5. fried tofu udon at Mifune
  6. house cured prosciutto at Bar Bambino
  7. samosas at Pakwan
  8. falafel at Truly Mediterranean
  9. mutter paneer at Udupi Palace
  10. bagel with salmon, capers, cream cheese, red onion & tamarind syrup at La Mediterranee
  11. dim sum at City View Restaurant
  12. filet mignon at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse
  13. fried pickles at Weird Fish
  14. boiled chicken burrito with everything at El Farolito
  15. lemon tart at Schmidt’s
  16. black pepper gougere at Tartine
  17. sour baguette from Acme bread
  18. Sir Francis Drake brie from Cowgirl Creamery
  19. jicama salad and carnitas tacos at Mijita
  20. affogato at Blue Bottle Coffee with Pecan Sandie from Humphry Slocombe
  21. dungeness crab at The Anchor Oyster Bar
  22. pot stickers at Betelnut
  23. caesar salad at Slowclub
  24. eclairs at Miette
  25. sausage on a stick with mustard at Golden Gate Meat Company
  26. sliced beet and greens sandwich at Atlas Cafe
  27. shaved asparagus salad with poached quail eggs at Flour + Water
  28. coffee crusted pork shoulder at Range (I know – everyone loves it)
  29. house made pasta with pesto at Farina
  30. goat cheese fondue at Luna Park
  31. rainbow salad at Burma Superstar
  32. shaking beef at The Slanted Door
  33. salami from Molinari Deli
  34. sesame chicken at House of Nanking
  35. turkey sandwich with everything from Mr. Pickles
  36. orange cardamom ice cream from Bi-Rite
  37. agedashi tofu at Moki’s

Maybe at some point I’ll put all the links in here…  Note that I limited myself to San Francisco.  I have favorite eats in other places too but those will have to wait for another list.  And a list of favorite drinks and places to drink is on the brain.

The challenge! I’d love to see similar lists – longer or shorter – of favorite eats from the following: Amber &, The (not so) Little Things, and Revolutionary Grammar. And from my friends without blogs who should have them like The Dr. up in Seattle.

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3 responses

20 08 2010
Stephanie

Whoa I think I have already been beaten in this challenge. I’ve only been to like five of those places – but rainbow salad would definitely be on it….hmmm, must keep thinking…

20 08 2010
laurawp

yes, i like the rainbow salad too. and the sushi boat place. i’m definitely impressed! what an adventure! btw… loved the white & nerdy dancing… yaye!

2 09 2010
Top Foods in My Town? Hmmmm… « REVOLUTIONARY GRAMMAR

[…] · Leave a Comment  So, Erl recently challenged me to put together a list of “Top Foods in Your Town.” I was impressed with her list, and got excited to think about my list, too. And then, I […]

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