First StopTartine Bakery 600 Guerrero Street San Francisco, CA 94110 415 487 2600
We started the day off with a drive to the Mission. We met our friends Mika and Ryan at, the one, the only Tartine! (I’ve been waiting all week for this). We shared a Pain au Chocolat (perfectly bittersweet chocolate too) and a Breakfast bun made of orange and honey. We enjoyed our coffees and breakfast outside in the sun before heading out to Muir Woods. Incidentally, we also took a sweet treat with us for the road…I title the last shot “Still Life with Meyer Lemon Tart in Redwoods”.
Second StopIn-N-Out 798 Redwood Hwy Mill Valley, CA (800) 786-1000
We couldn’t come to CA without a visit to this institution. We ordered cheeseburgers, animal style of course, with fries and chocolate shakes. Did you know you can get the fries animal style too? A very enthusiastic 12-year old boy informed me of this well after I’d ordered but plan to try it next time. Who knew fast food could be so good?…California did.
Third Stop:Zuni Café 1658 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94102
And for a real change of pace, we decided to finish our amazing trip with a couple stops. We started the night off with oysters and martini’s at Zuni. We were given a mix of:
- Eld Inlet Kumamotos (WA – win!)
- Sister’s Point (CA)
- Pearl Point (CA)
- Drake’s Bay (CA)
- Hog Island Pacifics (CA)
- Little Skookum (WA)
Forth Stop:Flour + Water 2401 Harrison St. @ 20th St.
San Francisco, CA 415.826.7000
I’ve gotten more recommendations for this place than any other in SF, including a random “have you been to flour and water?” from a shop owner in the Haight. Our reservations were for 10 PM and I wasn’t sure I was going to make it. But it was packed and lively and very well decorated (both in décor and with hipster doofus’). Don’t miss the bathroom’s curio cabinet (a highlight) filled with old photographs and dried coral. We started with a glass of Montepulciano at the bar and move to our table.
We ordered a Margherita Pizza (simple enough) to split as a starter (WIN!). These thin crust Neopolitan pizzas actually competes with NYC. For dinner, I had the fried sunchoke and potato tortellis and James had the seafood stuffed tortellini verde with prosecco, fennel and tarragon. Both were served in simple subtle butter sauces that were very good and not at all rich. We didn’t get pictures – camera ran out of batteries – but this is certainly a place to come with friends and plan on staying a few hours enjoying good wine and food. It was the perfect finale to a wonderful culinary week.