Rain again…boo hoo…but alas, we didn’t let it ruin the day.
Squat and Gobble Cafe
@ Scott & Pierce
We woke up early to make our way to Squat and Gobble. Again, this is one of these SF chains that I used to frequent in my old neighborhood (Lower Haight). This location is a more civilized version of the one on Fillmore (which is probably the more fun of the two). Known for it’s crepes, it’s a good stop for a quick breakfast bite. Word of warning, don’t drink the coffee if you aren’t used to a West Coast brew…I jittered my way around the city for hours afterward. I had a crepe with chedder, mushrooms, onions and spinach served with crispy rosemary garlic homefries and James ate the Triple Gobble which is 2 eggs any style, two buttermilk pancakes and bacon.
The Ferry Building
One Ferry Building
San Francisco, California 94111
Dear New York,
I wish you had a Ferry Building. I also wish you grew things The Ferry Building sells daily (see this map…click on California, then click on New York).
Love, Jess and James
This place is so wonderful and it is littered with little stalls full of great pastry, wine and mushrooms. Yes, mushrooms. Also, we went back in time to take the above picture. If you ever come to SF I implore you to make an afternoon of it and stop here. The views of the bay and Bay Bridge are unparalleled and, even on a foggy day, are still pretty incredible. We basically ate our way through the building, picking up goodies for our Napa picnic, until we stopped at Hog Island Oyster CO. for a seafood lunch.
Cowgirl Creamery's Artisan Cheese Shop
Far West Fungi
Hog Island Oyster Co.
A few years ago we drove to their farm in Marshall, CA, about an hour and a half north of SF. We got there about 2 minutes after closing (it sure was a pretty drive though) and didn’t get to eat any of the oysters they pull out of the water for you – but our plan is to return there on Saturday. They have a restaurant in the Ferry Building where we ate lunch. They, like Brooklyn Plated, serve off Heath. We ate a mix of a dozen oysters and finished it with some clam chowder and oyster stew and I listed to James tell me everything he’s been learning about Oysters from this book.
They served us:
- Hog Island Sweetwaters (CA)
- Hood Canals (WA)
- Chelsea Gems (WA)
- Otter Creeks (WA)
- Island Creeks (MA)
- Old Salts (VA)
After Oysters, we needed sweets. So we finished our meal with a stop at Miette. You might remember Miette from a failed cake I made a while back. Miette provided us with a yellow cupcake with lemon buttercream frosting. I don’t generally even like buttercream frosting but this is incredible.
1911 Fillmore Street
San Francisco, CA 94115
We met Dan and Lexi for dinner for the second night in a row (lucky us!). I made reservations at SPQR, which I’d been wanting to try for some time. I know it’s changed hands over the last few years and many warned that it couldn’t possibly be what it was but, in all honesty, was one of the most memorable eating experiences I’ve had this year (I know we’re only three months in). The menu is extensive with lots of offal and other parts (be warned) and the wine list intimidating but the staff is really friendly and helpful. It’s a cozy space but well decorated with dark woods and marble countertops. We split four starters and desserts and each had our own meal. Also, I apologize for the moody photos…it was dark in there!
- Burrata, peperonata, watercress & aged balsamic vinegar
- Baked ricotta, braised leeks, balsamic brown butter & almonds
- Pork belly croccante, sundried tomato, olives & gremolata (WIN!)
- Fried surf clams, cherry pepper salad & agrodolce
- Buckwheat spaghetti, suckling pig ragu, broccoli rabe & sarvecchio cheese (James) (WIN!)
- Rabbit & truffle cappelletti ‘en consomme’, california asparagus (Jess)
- Jones farm rabbit, bacon, gigante beans, savoy cabbage & cranberry (Lexi)
- Lamb shoulder, chestnuts, mushrooms, parsnip & dandelion leaves (Dan)
- Goat cheese & ricotta filled crespelle with orange sauce (WIN!)
- Milk chocolate gelato, buttermilk crumble & candied almonds
- Brown butter torta, meyer lemon curd & sicilian pistachio
- Selection of Italian cheeses