San Francisco is full of fabulous food. One of my favorite spots is the Ferry Building, which is a foodies paradise. One of the restaurants there is Hog Island Oyster Company. I was starving! So the quick bread service was always a plus.
Of course I had to get oysters! Mom and I split the Kumamotos, a tiny sweet oyster from the Northern Cali coast. I love the tangy sauce they served with it, but man were they pricey!
For our meals, we split 2 things. First up was the clam chowder. It was a light cream sauce with bacon, potaoes and whole clams. I savored every single bite.
Their grilled cheese had rave reviews so we split that too. The bread was cut a little wonky, but the blend of cheeses was perfection.
Dinner was at The Stinking Rose. I remember someone from the Real World San Francisco (way back in the day) going on a date here. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to eat a meal at this famous garlic restaurant.
On the table was a garlic & raw parsley concoction. Talk about garlic breath! but it was perfect with the bread.
I ordered the Gnocchi with Garlic Gorgonzola Sauce. I am a gnocchi addict! They were mini and tender. The sauce was a little bland, but I added a spoonful of the raw garlic & parsley and that made the dish really pop.
Mom loved her Zuppa di Pesce!
We were in Little Italy so we hunted down some gelato at Gelateria Naia. I got half Tiramisu and half Cannoli. The Cannoli rocked! It had bits of pistachios, chocolate chips, and the cannoli shell.
They even had Roasted Corn Gelato but I was too scared to try it.
Our grand finale of the trip was breakfast at Dottie’s True Blue Café. I sent Jay here when he was at a conference last year and wanted me to find him a great breakfast place. He still says it’s one of the best breakfasts he’s ever had. We got there at 8:30 and there was about a 20 minute wait (always a wait there). But staring at the delicious (ALL homemade!) baked goods board kept me entertained. I wanted one of everything!
Mom and I did the splitaroo again. We both love having savory AND sweet at breakfast so it worked out perfectly. The savory dish was the Gruyere and Ham Scramble. OMFG. It had to be the perfect ratio of cheese and ham to eggs. Putting it on there homemade Buttermilk Dill Toast really put it over the top.
The sweet plate was Pecan Cinnamon French Toast. The pecans are baked into the bread. It was crunchy, sweet, soft awesomeness. I topped it off with their tangy sweet raspberry preserves. Why can’t I make French toast like that? Dottie’s was definitely one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had. I am already thinking of what I will order next time I get the pleasure of going.
That was my overnight excursion to San Fran! Next up…Monterey and Carmel