Bar Tartine

My family and I went to Bar Tartine on my last night in San Francisco. We left stuffed and satisfied. The restaurant has a definite light, hip San Francisco feel present in the restaurant’s design and transcending into their service and dishes. The dishes are unique, the best by far being the beef tartare flatbread; some dishes, like the lobster mushrooms, were disappointing.

Overall, I would return to Bar Tartine, but not for my last meal in SF. The bread, wheeled over from Tartine Bakery, is obviously superb. The cultured butter was better than the more eccentric lard.

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Rye kvass / pickleback

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Sliced Bread + Cultured Butter

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Sliced Bread + Lard, onion, paprika

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Beets in chickpea sauce

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Lobster mushrooms and sorrel

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Beef tartare on potato flatbread with green horseradish

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Charred salmon with padron peppers, corn, and mushrooms

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Smoked potatoes with black garlic

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Sprouted lentil croquettes with kefir and coriander

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Poached Chicken with white beans, tomatoes, and skordalia

Bar Tartine

561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 487-1600

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Consuming Culture at Cassava

In a post-Outside Lands stupor, my friend Alicia and I ventured out to the Outer Richmond for breakfast before her flight. Cassava is a hip and trendy restaurant open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. For morning meals, Cassava is known for their Japanese breakfast, which is exactly what it sounds like – a traditional Japanese breakfast, providing a different and unique break from the traditional American breakfast. Every once in a while, maybe you should eat breakfast with chopsticks.

We basked in the nice sunlight shining through the large windows and enjoyed the plethora of different flavors in our meal.IMG_3658IMG_3664IMG_3662

 

Spiced Honey Latte – awesome, albeit a little too sweet for my taste.

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Spiced Honey Latte Pt. II – Iced, with no added sugar. Even more awesome.IMG_3665

The Japanese Breakfast – koshihikari rice, seared albacore, cured lemon natto, house made miso, market pickles, “hot spring” soft poached egg.  We were not huge fans of the natto, but every other dish was great.

IMG_3675Scramble Eggs + Toast + Jam – fluffy scramble eggs in olive oil, rustic levain toast, house made market fruit jam, small salad.

 

A Richmond gem. Who says the Richmond isn’t hip?

 

Cassava

3519 Balboa St, San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 640-8990

 

 

Brunchin’ at Zazie

My parents and I have been to Zazie for dinner, which was good not great, but I’ve always wanted return for their infamous brunch. And so, on a rare sunny morning (and my last sunny morning) in San Francisco my mom and I ventured to Cole Valley to enjoy a glorious mid-day feast.

The line was long. What you need to know about Zazie is that they operate on two separate waiting systems. The outside tables go on a first-come-first-serve basis, and the wait list only seats those inside and on the patio out back. We slid into a table outside and had…

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Miracle Pancakes – Bread Pudding Pancakes with grilled bananas and whipped cream

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And the Omelette du Jour – bacon, tomato provençale, fresh basil, and feta cheese

 

Like all San Franciscans, we love to brunch. We left full and fantastically happy.

 

Zazie

941 Cole St, San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 564-5332

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