Guess who went on vacation?! 2 months into this blog and I haven’t had one post about booze. That just ain’t like me! I went on vacation and had some hits and misses.
Gold Dust Lounge
Old school, no frills, cash only, tacky joint. Down to earth people and a place I can sit at all day. Would I Buy It Again? Yes. I would live above this place if I could.
Never been to anything like this. It is basically wine tasting in the city. 8 wineries represented. Yuppie holding tank, but the architecture was fresh and I like the idea. If I was single in the city, I would be kicking here after I tied one on at the Gold Dust. Would I Buy It Again? Yes, I would go there when I visit SF, but it is not something I have to do.
Tacos and Burritos:
My favorite kind of food is Mexican. We have great Mexican grocery stores/food in Indiana, but when in SF, I like to try the local offerings.
Los Compadres Taco Truck
$7.50 for a Super Burrito. Get the Carne Asada, sit down on the curb and chow down. A true gut bomb. Would I Buy It Again? Yes. I wouldn’t make a trip for it though because of…
Pancho Villa Taqueria
My first stop when I roll into the Mission District. This place was packed on a Friday afternoon. Mariachi singer and all. Large menu and everything is fresh and clean. Same format as Chipotle or Qdoba. I can only assume both of them were designed after this place. Would I buy It Again? Yes. A must have in SF.
Escape From New York Pizza
Looking at the list so far, I ate like a pig during this trip. Pizza by the slice at about all hours. I hit up the one on Haight St. Try the garlic pesto with potato. Potato on a pizza? Yup, and it was good. Otherwise, try the mushroom. They also have one in Portland, OR (his brother, cool guy but hates the potato pizza. He told me when I was visiting). Would I Buy It Again? Yes. I made 2 trips while I was in SF.
Pizza Place on Noreiga:
What happens when you combine punk rock and pizza? This place. I felt like yuppie scum while there, but cold Anchor Steam on tap, sausage, pepperoni and mushroom pizza and a great house salad. I really liked this place. Would I Buy It Again? Yes. It is not a must have though.
A solid Dim Sum, no doubt about it. I love Dim Sum, but I eat about everything and walk out with a huge bill. Would I Buy It Again? Yes. If we had Dim Sum in Indy, I might pass.
Basil spicy chicken and hot and sour soup were solid. The rest was passable. It is not a bad restaurant, just not good enough for my must haves. Would I Buy It Again? No, read the prior sentence.
I walked over here after the taco truck. Oven roasted and manila clams, basil, crispy pork belly, fresh chilies. $14. So good, it was awesome. I had a soup that was out of this world. Pork, noodles etc… It was honestly the best soup that I have ever had. Would I Buy It Again? Yes and highly recommended.
Underwood Bar and Grill. Graton, CA.
ool place that you can just relax. Sit at the bar, they have a great bartender. Have a few drinks and order Coff the small plates menu. Avoid the harissa fries. Would I Buy It Again? Yes, recommended.
So what didn’t I like?
26th and Mission.
Boring hole in the wall with bouncer turned bartender. Decent jukebox and cheap drinks during happy hour but that is about it. You are no Gold Dust my friend! Would I Buy It Again? No.
The Lodge at Cavallo Point
I told you that I would review Michelean Star Rated restaurants! Wow, what a disappointment. I had three courses, all were underwhelming. To think the distinguished Michelean guide gave this place one star is a shame. If you are looking for a Michealean Star rated restaurant, go to Gary Danko and never look back. Would I Buy It Again? No
Overcrowded and lame. Cheap food was a draw, but the food wasn’t good. Great location and beautiful restaurant, but it has to be all about the food. Walk a few blocks to Boulevard. Would I Buy It Again? No.
In The End:
An awesome trip and the best part – I have great family to enjoy it all with. SF is an amazing place to eat your way through. Great food around every corner. You have quick and easy access to about every nationality you can image and many of them fused together. If you like to eat, you have to make a trip and try out a few of the above places.