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Bite – Nob Hill

Tired of Ike’s Sandwiches? Okay, so maybe you aren’t (What kind of San Franciscan tires of Ike’s?). Maybe you’re too far from a noteworthy sandwich shop or maybe you just want to try something new. Bite may be a small storefront, but it packs a lot of amazing options.

Bite isn’t just a sandwich shop. It doubles as a deli. If ordering varieties of meat and cheeses by the pound is your thing, they’ve got a decent selection at this pint-sized deli. Bite is mainly known for their rotisserie chicken. They’ve usually got 6 of the birds rotating right next to the cash register. There’s a reason for this! The rotisserie chicken is easily their best meat. Not only can you buy a whole chicken for dinner, but you can also get it on your sandwich!

To date, I’ve tried the Day After Thanksgiving, Moshe Moshe, Firecracker, Gouda Good, Kookooroo, My Ex, Chickenapolis, and Porky’s Revenge. They’re all good. This place is definitely on par with Ikes, but the sandwiches with the rotisserie chicken standout from the crowd. If you only have one chance to visit Bite, I’d suggest you order the Kookooroo, My Ex, or Gouda Good. They’re my go-to sandwiches when I’m not trying to cross every sandwich on the menu off my list.

In addition to their deli, sandwiches, and drinks, Bite offers wraps and salads. I’ve only tried one salad, but it really wasn’t anything to write home about. Whatever you decide upon, there’s a good amount of seating right outside the front door. Bite will also give you plenty of napkins AND a free lollypop (They just can’t escape the comparisons to Ike’s!). Check them out if you’re ever around NobHill. Never stop eating!

 

 

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Patxi’s

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Patxi’s Chicago Pizza – Marina

Arrived starving.

Waited 40 excruciating minutes for a deep dish.

Ordered a few drinks, then appetizers.

And you know what? It was totally worth the wait!

 Patxi’s (pronounced ‘pah-cheese’) boasts four separate locations in SF alone (there’s another 8 more in Colorado). I had thought my co-worker was making a joke when he pronounced it : “Patchy’s”, but the waitress assured us, that’s how it’s pronounced!

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I’ve tried a lot of the appetizers here and a couple different pizzas. Of course the main attraction are the deep-dishes. They’re amazing, but require around 40 minutes to cook. If you’re starving beware of the wait. Though you can always order a few appetizers like we did! It should be noted that there are also thin-crust pizzas, which arrive considerably faster.

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We ordered a salad (not pictured), which was good, but wasn’t exciting. Though, if you want to blow your socks right off, I would suggest ordering the Artichoke Dip: two cheese, roasted red pepper, jalapeno, and plenty of miniature toasts for dipping. I’ve had it twice now and each time it really hit the spot.

Hats off for the Antipasti served here. I don’t usually splurge for cured meats, but it’s totally worth it.

Finally, the pizza arrives. We ordered the “Favorite”, which consists of Zoe’s pepperoni, fresh sliced mushrooms, and black olives to top it all off. My hunger had been curbed quite a bit by the appetizers, but that didn’t stop me from ravenously devouring every bite of this delicious pie.

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Little Star Pizza

                                                                 Little Star Pizza – Western Addition

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Located at 846 Divisadero St. is just one of their three locations. There’s one in NOPA, Mission, and lastly one in Albany across the bay. They serve up everything you’d expect a pizza joint to, from deep dish pizzas and thin crust pies to spicy chicken wings and even Caprese salads.

As the clock struck 2 P.M, I realized I was starved (as usual). So, my colleagues and I decided to grab a bite to eat. Everyone was very indifferent as to what and where we would eat. We made a last minute decision to come here and everyone was pretty happy that we did.

We walked into Little Star Pizza and were immediately seated. We decided to go all out by ordering the spicy chicken wings and a deep dish pizza complete with mozzarella, pepperoni, mushrooms, and anchovies. What a combo! I had stated that I really didn’t mind whatever toppings my workmates wanted to throw on the pizza, but after I heard what was actually going on the pizza I was a little hesitant.

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image_3The wings came very quickly while we waited for our Smörgåsbord of a pizza. Earlier, it had been foretold that the wings were superb and thus we had to to try them. And they were cooked perfectly. The meat was practically falling off of each chicken bone, making it a cinch to pick them clean. The wings came with some baby carrots and blue cheese dressing. The blue cheese was the perfect match for the slightly spicy chicken and carrots. The wings really didn’t need it, but it was nice to have nonetheless.

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Just before we could even finish our wings, the pizza had arrived. It looked a little unconventional and tasted much the same. Not to say that unconventionality is necessarily a bad thing! Although I was initially hesitant about the anchovies, they were used sparingly and actually added a nice touch to the pie.

The crust was amazing and possibly my favorite part. It was crisped on the outside, but only to such a degree where the inside of the pizza was still insanely fluffy. This worked very well with the heaps of tomato sauce, pepperoni,and mushrooms.

Little Star Pizza is a classy establishment that knows how to fill their niche and do it well. How classy are they? Apart from the modern decor, they were even so classy as to charge a mere 25 cents for the use of their in-house ATM. I don’t know how often you get that price at your local ATM, but 25 cents is unheard in regards to most ATMs in San Francisco (they usually charge a dollar or even two). Overall, it was a great experience. You stay classy Little Star Pizza!

 

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What’s Up Dog!

What’s Up Dog – SoMa

This hotdog joint has 5 separate locations in San Francisco. Recently, they’ve expanded their horizons with their latest establishment in Moscow! Instead of buying a plane ticket and a warm jacket, I had to settle for their location on Beale street.

They’ve got so many dogs, you won’t know which one to choose. Take a look at all those dogs on their menu! Most of their hot dogs are under $5 too! I couldn’t decide. It was pretty cold, so I decided on something spicy. I ended up ordering their Louisiana hotlink.

It might not look like much, but there was a lot of flavor packed in here! I’m not entirely sure what type of bread it was, but it was filling, fancy, and fresh! I admit I did go a little overboard with the toppings, but I have no regrets! I’ll definitely be back again for their signature dog or just to say, “What’s up?”

 

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Brass Knuckle

Brass Knuckle – SoMa

I was walking around downtown one day, when I noticed a ton of people ducking into an alleyway somewhere around 528 Mission St. San Francisco, CA .

There are usually two to three food trucks parked in this particular alleyway. Pictured above is Tandoori Chicken USA with a burger truck behind it. Sadly, I didn’t get to check out since I was running a little late. The truck I decided to grab a bite from before work, was non other than, Brass Knuckle. Their website states that they’ve even been featured on The Food Network! I don’t subscribe to TV anymore, but I figured that it was a good sign that this place was good!

I decided I was going to ask someone in line (hopefully a regular costumer) what I should order. I had done this before at Sushrrito, but I wasn’t entirely happy with the results. I figured if I actually asked for a recommendation, it might go a bit better. So I explained to some random guy that I had never been to this food truck before and that I wanted to get his opinion on what to order. He told me that one of their best items was the “Fryin’ Maiden”. It was at the top of their menu, so I figured this guy must know what he’s talking about.

   I got my food fairly quickly considering there were around 10-15 people waiting in line at the Brass Knuckle food truck. I decided to find some shade and eat my sandwich in peace since there really wasn’t any place to do so in the alley.  I opened up the box to find what looked like Coleslaw on top of some friend chicken.

It may be hard to make out, but the sandwich I got is at the top of the menu to the left. It’s described as having Buttermilk Fried Chicken with apple jalapeno slaw.

I didn’t taste any jalapenos in the sandwich, which would have been nice, because I usually like a little bit of kick to my chicken. The chicken itself was definitely the best part of the sandwich. It seemed as if it had been shredded and then fried. It was far from dry and even had some sort of awesome rub on it.  The apple was apparent, but it was counteracted by the presence of far too much mayo. Luckily, the truck had bottles of sriracha, which I used liberally.

I’m not sure if the chicken sandwich was the best choice, but it was decent. I saw someone order the “Occupy SF Fries” and they looked amazing. I can’t say that I blame the guy who recommended the chicken sandwich to me. It just sounded a little more extravagant than it actually was… *EDIT* I wish it would have looked a little more like Patricia Suh’s fryin’ maiden.

Since this food truck is usually so close to my work place, I’ll definitely have to come back and give another one of their items a try and when I do I’ll update this post!

 

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Sushirrito

Sushiritto – SoMa & Financial District

has been a busy place ever since it opened. This is partly due to the restaurant’s small size and short open hours. However, it’s mostly, because of the great food! It’s so small that they’ve usually got a line winding outside of their small establishment onto the sidewalk. They’re only open Mon-Fri 11AM – 3PM! I’d usually rather go out for dinner rather than lunch, but Sushiritto gave me no choice.

I got to Sushiritto a little after noon. I had no idea what to get, so I decided I would simply order whatever the person in front of me was ordering.

It was a little hectic in there to say the least. I suppose it was everyone’s lunch hour at the time, but Sushirrito did a good job at keeping the line moving in a somewhat orderly fashion. When I was finally able to see their menu, I considered ordering the Salmon Samba. But, I decided to keep my word and just order whatever the guy in front of me was ordering.

The guy in front of me ended up ordering the Porkivore, which didn’t even seem to have any fish in it. I love me some good roasted pork, so I didn’t mind this fellow’s order. I got my food about 5 minutes after I had ordered and I took it outside since there really isn’t any in-house seating available. It was a beautiful day and the burrito itself was just as full of beauty.

The Porkivore was pretty damn greasy though. The tasty kind of greasy, probably some sort of oil, but I couldn’t put my finger on what type. The burrito could have benefited with a bit more cilantro, but then again..  I like an oddly large amount of cilantro on my foods.

Soon after I finished with my burrito, I was back at work and I told my coworkers of my experience. It appears that another one of my coworkers had been to Sushiritto and ended up ordering the chicken roll at one point (not pictured on the menu above). He said the chicken roll had also been pretty greasy…

I’m determined to go back and visit Sushiritto again. Judging by the way my last burrito went, it will certainly be delicious. But, I have to order another roll with fish in it to find out if it’s just as oily as the meat. I’ll update this post next time I visit!

 

UPDATE

I made it back to Sushirrito two days ago and was finally able to try out the Salmon Samba. It turns out that the Salmon Samba was indeed oily, but not nearly as oily as the Porkivore had been. Maybe the oil is to make sure that the roll isn’t dry, but I feel like it’s a tad unnecessary.

I definitely preferred the salmon to the pork roll. I would like to go back and try their other items on the menu. Sushirrito is probably not something you should be eating everyday, but for a quick lunch it’s a good bet and a delicious one at that. This is what makes the establishment so successful with the white collared crowd on their lunch breaks in SOMA. If you have’t already, go check out Sushirrito for yourself!

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Dinosaurs #2


Dinosaurs #2 – Sunset

I’m not 100% sure if the first Dinosaurs died out or if this is simply its offspring. This one is located on Ocean Avenue between 19th Ave and Junipero Serra Blvd.

My Vietnamese friend wanted to try this place out, because he had heard good things about the restaurant Dinosaurs. This place is really tiny and is housed in a
small shack. I was tempted to ask what the rent was on the place, but I figured they wouldn’t know.

I ordered the sandwich special of the day, which contained three different types of pork, carrots, jalapenos, cilantro, and a little onion.

It was only $5 and I have to say it was worth every penny. All the ingredients super-fresh and delectable. I was especially impressed with how fresh the bread was. It’s the staple of any sandwich, but it’s too often an afterthought.

Overall the food was great, the price awesome, and the service impeccable. I was offered water and Sriracha, twice at no extra charge. My buddy got the same sandwich and equally enjoyed it as much as I did. I will definitely be coming back here again for a cheap yet scrumptious sandwich.

 

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Joe Convenes at Town Hall

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Town Hall is a very fancy restaurant in the heart of San Francisco. It may be the fanciest place I’ve been to yet.

Their menu is rather limited. But the taste behind each dish definitely makes up for it. The setting in and of itself is pretty spectacular. ‘Bon Appetit’ magazine had this to say about the restaurant in their June 2004 edition, “Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio has become a veritable culinary college, and the latest three to graduate are the Rosenthal brothers, Mitchell and Steven, and cohort Doug Washington. The trio recently opened Town Hall in an old ship engine manufacturing building in the South of Market neighborhood. ‘It resembles a New England schoolhouse, redone stylishly with fanciful light fixtures,’ says Sens, who likes the menu’s wide range of American regional cooking, particularly the southwestern gumbo.”
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Even the SF Chronicle’s Michael Bauer got up in arms when Town Hall first made it’s move into the culinary world of San Francisco. He was impressed with everything (like I was), from the chefs, the location, and even to the same dessert that I had, “The most memorable is the layers of butterscotch and chocolate in a pot de creme topped with a thin blanket of butter crunch”.image_2

Now let me tell you, my meal was amazing, almost every aspect of it was perfect, but the pot de creme just wasn’t my cup of… mousseyness. I was already quite full before dessert came, and wasn’t really feeling up to it (which may be the reason why I couldn’t fully enjoy it). When the butterscotch and chocolate in a pot de creme came to our table, I knew I was not going to be able to finish what I was about to start. It was one of the richest desserts I’ve had in some time, which is saying something. It did have what I thought might be a redeeming quality in that it had some toffee stuck lightly into the top layer of the mousse, but it wasn’t nearly like mom used to make.
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Overall, everything was pretty nice as most other reviews concluded with Town Hall. I got the soup special of the day, which was a sweet corn soup.
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It was decent, I don’t really ever have corn soups at restaurants. SF Magazine said, “This food come from our memories. It’s what we grew up with and what we’ve learned over the years as cooks”. I guess my childhood was vastly different from this writer, because this soup and all of the food in general is nothing like any mother I knew ever cooked! Not to say it wasn’t delicious, but much of this was Greek to me!
I happened to be with my boss, who got the Lemon Cucumber and Heirloom Tomato salad, Feta Cheese, Nicoise Olives, Tomato Crostini, and Lemon Vinaigrette to start off with. She said she was quite pleased with her starter. I was pretty happy with mine as well. They both went great with the whole grain bread that they brought out as an appetizer (although it could have been warmed. Who doesn’t like warm bread?)
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For my entree I got the Beeler Farms pork chop, fingerling potatoes, Fuji apples, peanut tasso butter, and apple cider jus for a mere $27. This was probably one of the best dishes I’ve had in San Francisco yet, and definitely the best pork chop I’ve ever had in my life. They even utilized applesauce, which I didn’t seem on par with the classiness. Maybe they wanted to do it more like Mom did (I know mine did) by using  applesauce on their porkchops. They even threw in some Fuji Apples, which was a great choice.

Everything was great. To top it all off, when they brought the check, they brought it in an old book. Many other people who had previously been to the restaurant had written all in the pages with some crazy, some nice, and some pretty down-right odd comments. Before I left, I was sure to leave my unrefined mark in the first few pages, where hopefully it will serve to entertain the socialites that frequent Town Hall.

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Cafe Museo

Cafe Museo is a fairly small cafe over on 151 3rd Street. It’s connected to the SFMOMA, so people will usually stop by the cafe after their long walks through the museum exhibits. Their website makes such boastful statements as, “We specialize in edible art created with the finest local ingredients”. image_2 (1)

Now I know the MOMA is a very refined place, with many quality pieces of artwork housed inside, but when I traveled to the cafe with a friend, we found something entirely different.

We arrived with almost literal black holes in our stomachs (I had only eaten a blueberry muffin from Costco earlier that morning). So, we walk inside and glance over the menu, trying to decide which fancy plate might fancy our taste buds. My friend decided on the sweet corn gnocchi, while I myself was feeling more like the roasted chicken Panino.

I made both the orders and I was surprised to find, right after I ordered my $11 plate it was ready to go… This made me wonder where my sandwich had been sitting moments before it magically apparated in front of me. It was warm, but that’s not to say that it wasn’t sitting under a heat lamp, or had not just been nuked in a microwave. Contrary to the website’s claims, my food did not look the least bit like art.

Funny enough, single guy chef, a fellow blogger, came to the same sentiment in his his critical review of the cafe, “The space is a nice environment with the jazz music flowing, but the food, while decent, doesn’t match the same sophistication as the art on the walls.”
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However, maybe I’m being too hard on the Panino. It wasn’t that bad, just not nearly $11 good. Many other people both on yelp and other restaurant review websites say that the prices are quite ridiculous for what you get. For example here’s one reviewer’s take,  “If I didn’t have to pay $20 for a turkey burger for lunch, this would have been a 4 star. I guess you have to expect a high tag with museum fare..” & “$2.25 for a micro-sized coffee? Are you out of your fucking mind? Too late, you already poured it, and I paid because I was too lazy to haul my ass to the Peet’s on the corner, and then I’m so bored with that stupid piece of foccacia I could only choke down two bites”.

Cafe Museo needs to liven up their menu to keep their food on par with the artwork!

 

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My First Review, Scoma’s

Often times I’ll be trying to find the cheapest and most delicious places in San Francisco to eat. This entry however, goes against that outlook, because Scoma’s is definitely not cheap, however it does adhere very well to the later part of my usual requirements. Scoma’s has a great location overlooking the bay. They even have a virtual tour of the premises on their website here. Be sure to check out the “AutoDrive” feature that automatically takes you in and around the restaurant. 
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I wasn’t quite sure what to order when I first sat down, I was too entranced by all the famous people that had their pictures adorned on the walls. Once I had got past the setting, I took a deeper look at the menu. Now, I love clam chowder, but I didn’t want to get something so simple at a restaurant so elegant. I decided instead on the Lobster Ravioli. I’m glad I decided to get something I normally wouldn’t, because it was no less than spectacular. Considering the pricing at Scoma’s, each and every plate should be up to par with mine. I had a cup of clam chowder as an appetizer and I believe it lived up to the pricing as well. The portions were a great size. Occasionally restaurants and in particular the fancier ones like to short you on food to better their presentation.Luckily,  they make sure you won’t go hungry Scoma’s! I was full of the lobster ravioli before I could see the bottom of the plate.

I would have to say Scoma’s is one of the best seafood restaurants I’ve been to so far in San Francisco. If it’s a nice day and you’ve got the money, I would recommend you check out this famous San Francisco landmark.

 

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