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Usagi

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Omurice w/ Menchi Katsu and Hayashi Sauce

Usagi is a Japanese comfort food restaurant. This type of Japanese cuisine (yoshuku) is Western-influenced, so it features dishes like steak and spaghetti.

Some dishes that may peak your interest are their uni (sea urchin) risotto, mentaiko (spicy cod roe) pasta, and hamburger steak.

My absolute favorite dish to get here is omurice with menchi katsu and hayashi sauce. The omurice is an omelette filled with chicken rice, and menchi katsu is a breaded and deep-fried beef cutlet. Omelettes and deep-fried foods, as you may already know, come from Western cuisine. You can choose what sauce to top off the dish with, but I always go with hayashi. Hayashi is made up of beef, onions, and mushrooms in a thick demi-glace that contains red wine and tomato sauce. Demi-glace is a brown sauce popular in French cooking.

I recommend getting their green tea parfait to finish off your meal! Green tea ice cream is layered with red bean, corn flakes, whipped cream, and then topped off with a cookie to form a nice dessert that you’ll want whether or not it’s hot outside 🙂


Usagi
505 2nd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana

Margherita Pizza

Margherita

They only make 73 of this World Pizza Cup winner a day! They make the dough by hand using caputo red flour and then proof them in napoletana wood boxes. For the toppings, they use san marzano tomatoes, sea salt, mozzarella, basil, and extra virgin olive oil.

Balsamic Pizza

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This pizza features four cheeses: asiago, mozzarella, gorgonzola, and parmesan. Croation sweet fig jam is distributed, topped with prosciutto, and then drizzled with a balsamic reduction, resulting in a wonderful sweet and salty combination. This was a gold medal winner on Food Network Pizza Champions Challenge!


Tony’s Pizza Napoletana
1570 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA 94133

Taste in Mediterranean Food

What’s good food without good service?

Customer service is extremely important in the food industry. No matter how delicious the food is, poor customer service will ultimately ruin your meal. If the food isn’t that great, service still has the power to elevate your meal. To put it simply – being in a good mood will make everything in life seem better (this doesn’t only apply to food!).

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Perhaps it is because they are a family business, but Taste in Mediterranean has some of the warmest customer service I have ever received. They treat you as if you are their friends, which makes the food taste even better than it already does. You can not only tell how much they value their customers, but also taste the wholehearted love they put into their cooking. (more…)

Hogwash

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Just look at the beautifully lit bar with all those beers on tap!

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And their decor LOL. As for food, we got pickled vegetables, fries, and a salad.

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House Pickled Vegetables

Is it weird that I don’t like pickled cucumbers, but I like all other pickled vegetables? (I do like regular cucumbers though)

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Curry Fries

They’re known for these, but we thought they were meh. The sauce just tasted like plain packaged curry and it made the fries soggy quickly. This was the only food item we didn’t like.

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Roasted Root Vegetable Salad

This salad had acorn squash, parsnip, turnip, beet, and arugula with a white balsamic vinaigrette.

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And of course, beer was a must 🙂 They also have a 55 oz beer goblet for you big beer drinkers !!


Hogwash
582 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Mikkeller Bar

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I loved the interior of this place. The brick walls, high ceilings, cool artwork, and lighting gave off a hip and laidback vibe.

They have over 40 beers on tap, served in different temperatures according to the brew. I especially liked how they feature a lots of Belgians, which are my fave! If you like sours, they even have a sour room downstairs.

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They also offer snacks, appetizers, entrees, and dessert (you can pass on their risotto though). Next time, I want to try their hot dogs because they have their own sausage company!

If you’re a beer lover, I definitely recommend coming here with a group of friends to try their vast beer selection!!


Mikkeller Bar
34 Mason St
San Francisco, CA 94102

Dash Japanese Tapas and Sushi

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Baked Baby Scallop

This appetizer had baby scallop baked with their house sauce, uni, and ikura.

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10 pc Omakase

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Unagi

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Uni

*insert heart eyed emoji here*


DASH Japanese Tapas & Sushi
220 Main St
San Mateo, CA 94401

Fraiche Yogurt

Soy Yogurt w/ Mochi and Mango

Soy Yogurt w/ Mango and Homemade Mochi 


Fraiche Yogurt
200 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Yakitori Kokko

I love this place so much I try to come here every time I’m in the bay.

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Everything is good, but here are some must-gets!!

  • fried garlic
  • grilled okra
  • grilled leeks
  • bacon wrapped tomatoes
  • croquettes
  • takowasa
  • tori soboro don

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Farmer’s Market – Ferry Building

Remember how I mentioned that we went to the Farmer’s Market last month? Today, I’m finally going to walk you through what we had there that day!

We started our day with some ice cream for breakfast.

Humphry Slocombe

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Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee & Secret Breakfast

Their Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee is the best coffee ice cream evaaar. It’s bitter but has the sweetness you expect from ice cream (whereas others tend to taste a lot more like sugar than coffee).

If you like cereal and bourbon, then you’ll absolutely love their Secret Breakfast because it’s a happy marriage of the two ingredients! It may sound like an odd combination, but they make it work and it’s their most popular flavor. They make cookies using Kellogg’s corn flakes and bake them until they become so crispy that they won’t become soggy when mixed into the ice cream. The bourbon adds a slight warmth while the crunchy corn flakes add a nice texture.

Humphry’s is one of my favorite ice cream places not only because they offer unique flavors (that they execute flawlessly), but also for their wonderful customer service. So much better than Bi-Rite!

For lunch, we had food from one of the vendors outside of the building.

4505 Meats

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“Zilla Hot Dog”

My boyfriend got their Zilla Dog, which was topped with kimchi, chicharonnes, scallions, and their “money” sauce. Except for rare occasions, I avoid hot dogs because they’re too salty for me. 4505’s hot dog was salty (as expected) but flavorful. Their chicharonnes were airy and crispy like Asian shrimp crackers. My boyfriend thought the hot dog overall was good, but not amazing.

Burger

“Best Damn Cheeseburger”

I, on the other hand, got one of their burgers. This was also good, but not the best. The grass fed beef patty was tender and a nice medium rare, but it needed more seasoning. However, the gruyere cheese was beautifully melted, and the toasted handmade sesame brioche bun (wow, that’s a mouthful) complimented the burger as a whole. It got messy to eat later on though because the bun soaked up the juices of the meat so well. This small burger costs $9, making it a little pricey. Is it worth trying? Ehh, that’s hard to say.

Not pictured from 4505 is their Lime Mint Iced Tea, which is basically a non-alcoholic earl grey mojito! It was refreshing, not too sweet, and perfect to have in the hot weather that day.

We then headed back into the ferry building to have a post-meal snack.

Delica

Chicken Dumpking and Crab Croquette

Chicken Dumpling and Crab Croquette

The chicken dumpling is more like a meatball instead of the normal wrapped dumpling you would expect. It’s $3 for this sweet and savory thing that’s smaller than a sauce container, but it’s ohhhh so good. Personally, I’d rather buy a bunch of these instead of spending the same amount on macarons!

The crab croquette, similarly priced, was so rich and creamy that it seemed to mold everything we had eaten so far that day together in our stomachs. It made us quite full.. But that didn’t stop us from continuing our food adventure!

Boccalone

MEEEAAAAAAT COOOONE

Here, you could customize a cone with three high quality pig parts of your choice for only ~$7!! My boyfriend got prosciutto, headcheese, and lardo. I don’t like headcheese, but I’ll admit that theirs is pretty amazing. And think eating a piece of pure pork fat is gross? Have their Lardo Iberico de Bellota and try thinking that again. As it melts in your mouth, you’ll be converted to a fat lover if you’re not one already!

I love roses but I honestly wouldn’t mind getting a bouquet of these instead. *coughcoughnudgenudge

Afterwards, we walked around and enjoyed the nice weather with happy food babies in our stomachs.

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Then we headed out to start our bar hopping journey.. Stay tuned!


Humphry Slocombe
1 Ferry Bldg Ste 8
San Francisco, CA 94110

4505 Meats
1 Ferry Bldg
San Francisco, CA 94111

Delica
1 Ferry Bldg Ste 45
San Francisco, CA 94111

Boccalone
1 Ferry Bldg Ste 21
San Francisco, CA 94111