Hi there– We pretty much ate our way across San Francisco a couple weekends ago– all that lovely food and I’m just not good at pushing back from the table and saying no thank you! We sat over a few glorious dinners and nibbled some great things in between. Since, I’m suspecting that you all enjoy eating as much as we do, I wanted to pass along a few suggestions…
On a sunny afternoon we strolled past Delores Park to find a table at Namu Gaji–a Korean-San Franciscan restaurant with an inventive menu that includes okonomiyaki. It’s a rice dish topped with bonita (tuna) flakes that literally dance as you chop stick them up to your mouth. I think it’s the heat or the stone dish that makes it happen– or maybe it’s magic! But we loved the stylish interior and all the foods we tried…
Valentine’s dinner found us at a intimate (?) table for eight at Cotogna. We chatted over 4 beautiful courses–boards of appetizers–seafood, cheeses, then first plate the most tender, exquisite lasagne, second plate flavorful sea bass and a berry pavlova for dessert. Loved the dinner with our favorite valentines–our kids.
After a Saturday morning hike through Muir Woods, we warmed up at Shanghai Dumpling King, an old favorite. Of, course there were dumplings, Shanghai lions’ head meatball soup… As we were digging in to the golden puffs for dessert, lion dancers came roaring through the tiny restaurant while fire crackers exploded out on the sidewalk–a little after lunch excitement!
After our morning hike up the rocky outcroppings of Corona Heights Park, we rewarded ourselves with a stop at the Ice Cream Bar–for a round of “adult” ice cream treats. I savored my bourbon ice cream topped with hot fudge and Larry sipped his beer & chocolate shake. Fun and refreshing!
We sat at a quiet table in the front window of Ragazza for some of the best pizza in SF. We started with a kale salad with avocado and green goddess dressing — and and arugula salad with goat cheese, beets and hazelnuts. Then dug into a trio of pizzas–sausage, amatriciana and Brussel sprout. A delectable pizza feast.
Thanks Aaron & Jessica, Ani & Brian and Laurel & John for all the delicious times around the table with you all… Loved it.