After a flight, a BART ride and a long exploration walk through Chinatown, we needed nourishment. We posted up in the House of Nanking, which is rumored to have long lines all the time, but at 3:30pm almost nobody has lines. We had the famous super crunchy sesame chicken with sweet potatoes and pickled Chinese squash.
On this Friday night in the Mission we utilized my favorite long line strategy: put your name on the list, go have a drink somewhere else and then come back to eat. We ate crispy pizza and a stinging nettle calzone at Pizzeria Delfina with Anchor Steam beers.
There was no way to resist the plethora of produce at the farmers market so we bought fresh garlic, lemon grass, cilantro and heavy cream for fresh butter, and steamed clams. We sopped up the broth with Acme bread and had barely steamed asparagus and snap peas with a goat cheese dressing on the side.
The Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery dished up an amazing brunch. Red eye gravy over fried chicken, crab cakes benedict and a beautifully poached egg with barbecue pork belly over creamy grits. Yes, we couldn't resist trying their unique beers even though it was quite early in the day.
I had to visit the famed Tartine. Yes, I did insist on waiting in line. We savored a beautiful lemon cream tart with a dollop of whipped cream topped with an edible flower petal, mountain like cocoa nib meringues and a flaky croissant that had an excellent crust. We were not there are the golden hour of bread buying time, I guess we really will just have to use the book (that is living on my bookshelf) and make our own.
A delicious home cooked meal what the perfect way to end the trip. Homemade bread and chilled white wine started the conversation and we ate a great meal of barbecue salmon with a spread of Bloomgrade produce. Cilantro and garlic topped our salmon, overwintered butternut squashes were pureed and a spring greens were tossed with peas and radishes.