62 Hours in San Francisco
Phill and I left Thursday afternoon at 4, managing to get out of the greater Los Angeles area with little slow downs, making our drive up to San Francisco about 5 and a half hours long, which isn’t too shabby.
By the time we got there we were starving, so Jeremy, Shane, Phill and I went to the Mission and found Lolo still open. They were pretty busy, but had a table for four available. We ordered a bunch of tacos, ceviche, and steak. Our favorite was the taco tropical (above), which we ordered another round of because we liked them so much. After stuffing ourselves, we were pretty tired, so we retired back at Shane’s place for the night.
The next morning we slept in a bit and Jeremy, Phill and I went down the street for breakfast at Bernal Star.
I had the pulled pork scramble, which was okay, but not as good as I was hoping.
Then we walked around Haight Ashbury. It was my first time in the area and it felt like if all the hippy stories in Santa Monica and Venice were grouped right together this would be it.
After all that walking we went back to Shane’s to rest and regroup for dinner. Before dinner we decided to go out for drinks, but we got there before 5 when most places were still closed so we strolled down Clarion Alley to admire the street art.
There were a lot of great murals up there, and it was cool to see a group of ladies spray painting their own in the mix too. After that we headed to Wildhawk and sat around enjoying a few drinks. I had the Chi Wa Wa and then the Dutch Daisy, both of which were good enough to recommend.
Then we went to Hog & Rocks for pre-dinner oysters and hummus. The hummus had some cumin in it which gave it a distinct flavor and was really good.
Next stop was dinner at the Bissap Baobab for some Senegalese food. We shared some pastelles and Somone.Phill and I shared our two dishes, the lamb dibs (above) and the seafood coco. The food was all really good, with some different flavors making it distinct.After dinner we went to the Castro for some more drinks, which was bustling even though it wasn’t even 11. It didn’t take long for us to return to Shane’s to before retire from the long day.
Next morning Shane and Jeremy left for Mendocino, so Phill and I took our time getting up, going over to the bakery the next block over for a breakfast snack.
Then we went up to the Bernal Heights Park to see some views of the city.I spied some art on the way up.
Even at the side of the hill the views were nice.But we had more hill to climb.
And those views were worth it.
It was such a clear day and nice to go in the morning before it got too hot. After that we met Mark and Claire over at Noeteca Wine Bar for brunch. They met Phill for the first time and we had a lot to catch up on.
After our meal Phill and I headed down to Dolores Park.
Fleet week was going on, so we stayed there for a few minutes watching the planes loop around.
Then we took the long walk to Chinatown, since I had never seen SF’s Chinatown before. We paused for a boboa break.
And then it was onward to Trademark / Copyright for the Michigan Game with Mark, Claire and Aaron and Holly. It was decent bar to view the game at, although the game itself was far from fun…
After that sad loss, Phill and I headed to Little Italy to try and find dinner since Phill really wanted some Italian food.
Our first few choices had long waits, so we went over Ideale for dinner.
We shared our two pasta orders the tagliarini di seppia alle vongole verace and…And the chicken farm with spaghetti (Phill didn’t want the potatoes that it came with.)And because we were in Little Italy we couldn’t skimp on the cannoli. Now stuffed and tired, we headed back to Shane’s for the rest of the night.
Next morning we went over to Front Porch for breakfast.
Phill was excited to have one last meal before leaving. It was good we got there early without a reservation, the place filled up fast.
We shared the gumbo (yum)…And the blueberry cornbread pudding.Then I had to try the biscuit sandwich with grits because apparently I didn’t get enough biscuits in Portland.After that we went back to shower, pack and then left on our five and half hour drive back home.