We’re here! And so excited to be…It was a little rainy when we landed but the sun came out a few hours later (par for the course).
2250 Chestnut St
(between Avila St & Scott St)
San Francisco, CA 94123
We took a little walk around the neighborhood we were staying in (The Marina – hello, thank you fancy pants) to find we were very close to some pretty great places. I used to frequent The Grove at the Fillmore location and loved the BLT’s. It’s a perfect SF quick stop for lunch.
We had the French Onion Soup (which perhaps was an odd choice but we were distracted by it when the waiter brought it to the next table), a BLT and a Tuna Melt (after we were told they were out of the Cubano).
2030 Union Street
San Francisco, CA 94123-4121
Later last night we met Lexi and Dan for some pre-dinner drinks and quick bites at Betelnut. This place reminded me of a Shanghai hideaway in the 1930s. Their website explains that “for hundreds of years in the bustling cities and fragrant harbors of Asia, a favorite and familiar place to savor distinctive local dishes has been the side street beer house, or pejiu wu”.
We sat at the bar, caught up with some nice Napa Cabernet and ordered glazed pork short ribs with thai basil & garlic (win!) and Mongolian hoisin pork, hand pulled with grilled pancakes.
817 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
We had made reservations for the 8 PM seating at Canteen a few months ago. I chose Tuesday night for the prix fixe tasting menu. I was VERY excited about this place as I’ve been hearing about it for years. There are usually three seatings a night and the seasonal menu changes weekly. It’s very small, with only 4 tables and the countertop (has an upscale diner feel) so reservations are necessary. People rave about the brunch and maybe we should have heeded that suggestion. Although it was very good (a solid 7 out of 10) none of us were wowed. Maybe if we’d gone on another night with some options we would have changed our minds. Don’t be nervous that the bathrooms are located in the youth hostel attached next door and are shared with the SF Academy of Art students dorming in the building. The best part of the meal (besides the company and the VERY good dessert) was the bottle of Parusso Dolcetto D’Alba , Brussa IT 2008 (the horror! We ordered Italian wine in CA – but it came recommended).
Amuse Bouche – Crab cole slaw over cocktail sauce:
Appetizer: Asparagus Salad with breadcrumbs and hollandaise
Dinner: White Seabass with braised savoy cabbage, white beans puree and bacon
Dessert: Hazelnut and Rubarb Vacherin.