Say San Francisco, and a foodie’s taste buds start purring. From sourdough to seafood, and burgers to birds, the ‘City by the Bay’ is famous for its eats.
Here is a look at five of the fabulous foods of San Francisco, a must for gourmet guests.
Sourdough Bread Bowl
The sourdough bread bowl has achieved perfection at Bistro Boudin. The bowl makes a perfect pot for creamy Crab Bisque. The corn and crab soup is rich, piquant and satisfying. And the best it yet to come. When you finish the soup, you can eat your bowl. The sourdough, flavorful by itself, is rich with flavor from soaking up the savory bisque tastes.
Boudin, synonymous with San Francisco’s famous sourdough bread, offers the bread in a number of forms. On another visit, try pizza with sourdough crust or some of their unique sourdough loaves, baked in the shape of turtles. Anyway you eat it, sourdough is an essential part of the San Francisco experience.
The Rossini Burger at the Burger Bar is a special event, and the price reflects that. At $65, it is one heck of a burger. It features Wagyu beef, Kobe-style, direct from Australian ranches. This is topped with foie gras and shaved black truffles. And it’s finished off with black truffle sauce, just because.
Quail in Buttermilk
Did you know quail is the California state bird? These tiny fowls make good eating, though they are just a mouthful apiece. State Bird Provisions in the Western Addition neighborhood is an urban-rustic restaurant serving one of the best recipes of quail in the country.
Each bird is marinated in buttermilk and then covered in breadcrumbs that include crushed pepita seeds. The bird is fried and served with a mix of onions, rosemary, Meyer lemon juice and butter.
San Francisco is known for great seafood. One of the best offerings is the lobster risotto at Gary Danko. This signature dish is rich, creamy and totally delicious. Occasionally the chef whips up variations of the basic, excellent, recipe. Be sure to ask what is available.
Tadich Grill serves up a classic crab cioppino, the perfect melding of Italian and traditional American cooking. The recipe includes crabmeat, of course, but also bay shrimp, prawns, mussels, scallops, clams and white fish, in a seasoned tomato-based sauce.
Fun fact: Tadich Grill is the oldest restaurant in the State of California. As such, they have a lot of years of experience perfecting their cioppino. It’s not easy to cook those different types of seafood all for the right amount of time, but these chefs have it down to a fine art. Their cioppino is served with garlic bread to help you sop of the tasty broth.
There it is, five of the most delectable dishes in San Francisco. Eat hearty, walk it off on the hills of the city. Then start all over again.