Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
In this second part of the San Francisco series, I go over the most important thing to do in San Francisco….EAT!!!
1. Get real Mexican food in the Mission.
If you go to the wrong place, you get the Swine Flu. It’s as simple as that. You could play Russian Roulette or you could listen to eMarkLee. El Farolito on 24th and Mission (not 16th and Mission) is the tried and true Mission Mexican spot. Don’t be scared by the homeless and Mexicans outside and inside this gem of a taqueria. Order the Pollo Asado or Carnitas Super Quesadilla and you will experience a rapture of flavours. Quesadillas are better than the burritoes here and the super nachos rock the house. I’m gettin hungry just thinking about that guacamole salsa. Help yourself to two small containers of each salsa. You will use it…just get it before the homeless guy gets to it.
2. Eat prime rib…then ask for another slice at the House of Prime Rib. It’s pretty simple. Either you like prime rib or you don’t. If you do, this is the shiznit. If you don’t, don’t go here. I like to ask for the end cut for more seasoning and flava but you know…different folks, different strokes. They will give you a second cut if you ask for it…so ask for it, mate.
3. Eat Dungeoness crab
Get crabs like a proper San Franciscan….wait..let me start over. Eat Dungeoness crab like the locals. And by locals, mean the Orientals (aka Ornamentals to the white folk). PPQ Dungeoness Island is Mecca for crab. Huge crab for two with garlic butter sauce with a side of garlic noodles. Yeah. That’s all I have to say about that….other than be prepared to get your hands dirty.
4. Eat freshly shucked oysters at the Ferry Building market at Pier 1. There’s a market there with some food stalls, food products and such around. It’s not huge but a nice area to walk around when the sun is out. Brings me back to good times working in this area.
5. Enjoy a pint overlooking the Pacific sunset at the the Beach Chalet. Go here after a long day of siteseeing and enjoy a locally brewed beer overlooking the Pacific ocean. One of my favourite spots for a sunset drink. Get the beer sampler for a taste of all their beers and to enjoy that sunset fade, yo.
6. Pound a pint in the sun in China Basin. It’s a industrial and non-touristed part of the city but home of The Ramp, where on a sunny day is a superb place to enjoy lunch and beer amongst the locals. Festive scene here with all kinds of hipsters chillin, illin, stealin, and rhymin.
7. Get that juicy double. Mixalot’s in trouble…get a piece of that bubble. It’s much better in person…believe me. In n Out is a must if you’re not from California. A burger joint with freshly cut fries and no freezer on premises allows this place to produce some of the best burgers in the world. Ask for a “Double Double, animal style with fresh onions also” like a pro. After that, ask her not to make that face at you…cuz it’s fugly.
9. Eat Dim Sum in Chinatown. If you just show up in Chinatown and pick a place randomly…you will get a crazy SARS / Swine Flu strain that will destroy your kidneys. I don’t think you want that. Go to New Asia for a long-standing solid dim sum restaurant. They will even ignore your requests for a fork and knife like a proper Dim Sum restaurant.
There are lots of other places but these are some of my favourite places that should be able to fill up your trip to my adopted home city. Feel free to try or you always just ax somebody for more suggestions as there are plenty of new and old spots I haven’t been to. Let me know if you find a spot I should hit up next time I’m in town!