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San Francisco (August 2009)

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tartine2San Francisco is a food mecca.  I live in New York and am generally convinced that New York offers a mix of range and quality of food equal to or better than any place in the world.  But San Francisco gives New York a run for its money, to say the least.  We made two whirlwind weekend visits to California in late August and early September and tried to pack in as many good meals as possible while we were in San Francisco proper.  To the left is a morning bun from Tartine, which was probably the best morning bun I’ve ever eaten.  There was a line of people waiting, but it was well worth the effort.  This was not the only treat from Tartine: we also got a vegetarian croque monsieur (with fresh tomatoes) and some fantastic bread pudding with fresh berries.  We ordered it all to go, but were so eager to eat that we just took the first available table and went to town.

Before Tartine, however, our first stop in the city was at Tacqueria Cancun, where we ordered a carne asade super burrito and a pork burrito mojado (enchilada style).  I had been skeptical about the quality of the so-called “mission burrito” — being something of a burrito snob from Arizona — but these burritos blew me away.  They were amazing.  The next night we tried another spot called El Farolito, which was good but not as good.  Anyway, for a selection of other highlights from San Fran, continue after the jump.

More from Tartine:

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Here is a shot of the burrito mojado from Tacqueria Cancun:

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Oh my god that was good.

We also had a couple very nice meals at restaurants recommended by friends and friends of friends.  I recommend these places to anyone eating in San Francisco, especially Range.  The first three pictures are from Range, an extraordinary spot on Valencia in the Mission.  Very fresh ingredients, very good food.

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Trout and avocado salad.

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Fig salad with ancho cress, parmesan, pancetta, and breadcrumbs.

On our second trip, we went to a place called Nopa, which was quite popular.  Everyone was saying the tomatoes were in season and incredible, so we heeded their advice and ordered a fresh tomato soup and heirloom tomato salad, both of which were absolutely killer.

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The heirloom tomato salad was unbelievable!  We also ordered fresh sardines.  Yum.

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This post doesn’t include all of the spots we hit.  Some other undocumented highlights were the Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill, which had some of the freshest seafood I’ve ever eaten in a restaurant as well as a great lo-fi ambience (formica counter), Mission Beach Cafe, which had great brunch, and of course Blue Bottle Coffee.  Blue Bottle coffee is amazing, but their little cafe in Hayes Valley was unpleasantly crowded.

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Written by trencherman

September 22, 2009 at 5:03 pm

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