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Highlights: San Francisco

25 April 2010 2,796 views 2 Comments

I love love love San Francisco (job offers welcome) and what I’ve especially enjoyed about my recent trips there is that I can visit the same places without feeling guilty that I should explore more.

Niki lives in Noe Valley and I fell in love love love with the neighbourhood when I visited last year. With no conscience for broadening my horizons etc I insisted that we eat at the same two fantastic places again.

Osaka Sushi does the best (insert joke) California rolls. They are huge, charismatic and flavour-full. I’ve already raved about them for 12 months and now they’re cemented in my World Wide Best Of…

Pasta Pomodoro is basically an Italian but it’s the little touches that make a difference here. The service is – even for the US – fantastically friendly and genuinely helpful. Any place that encourages you to taste test the wines before you commit to just a glass has my custom for life. Gorgeous warm bread, olives, perfect street-seat spot, Pasta Pomodoro just gets it right.

I went to Pier 39 a few years back and of course it’s still good fun. Neptune’s Palace is at the end of the Pier which means good water views. Mark and I had long draft beers and an awesome set menu lunch. Although vegetarians be warned, there’s bacon in the clam chowder (not shown on menu).

The Ferry Building at the end of Market Street was new for me this year and I went twice :) There’s a cute range of delis, gift shops and different restaurants & coffee shops. You could spend a few hours and a few $$ in here.
Gott’s Roadside (formerly Taylor’s Automatic Refresher) has an outdoor courtyard area which is made for drinks & people watching. I also returned to sample the ‘famous’ burgers. In a country over-whelmed with burgers finding a really wicked one is surely worth mentioning…? I was impressed: good bun, great condiments, brilliantly salty fries. Still don’t really know what a root beer is but it was delicious.

The Presidio is just gorgeous: wide, open spaces, great views of the bridge, the busy harbour. I have only cycled or run through the Park (see my post on Presidio 10) but you could definitely just hang out happily here too.

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