Good Morning Gents and Ladies. It’s my favorite day of the week – Thursday. Why you ask? Well once upon a time it meant the start of the weekend: toga parties, bar crawls, etc. Now it is one more day to the weekend, but I can see the light; I am finally happy that the weekend is so close; and I am not exhausted from an entire week of work. Plus Friday is really just a short work day anyway right? (Sorry work, I am absolutely kidding about that…)
|stuffed french toast from Zazie|
So my number one must eat when I visit San Francisco is San Tung. It is by far my favorite Chinese food in the Bay Area and quite possibly my life. The original dry fried chicken is the best thing on the menu. Once you try it, you will crave it FOR-EV-ER. The dumplings are a big hit and any type of noodles. This place is a little unique because it is a Korean-Chinese family cooking Chinese food so things are a bit different (and spicy), but they still serve beef and broccoli for us white people.
|string beans, “crack” chicken and veggie low mein|
As you know, I like brunch. Like a lot. So when we needed a spot to have our family reunion in SF we quickly chose Zazie. As all brunch spots in SF, Zazie is ALWAYS crowded. However, unlike other spots, it has an outdoor patio that is really cute and comfy and not super loud. The best part is the food though. First order yourself a custom mimosa (yes custom – you can add sherbet into it), then find five friends to help you share as many items on the brunch menu as possible. I highly recommend the stuffed french toast (and this is coming from a girl who doesn’t eat french toast EVER). If that’s still not your thing get one of the many types of benedicts available. Tip: the front tables are first come first serve!
There are so many other spots that I personally love in SF: Brenda’s in the Tenderloin, Guerras out in Sunset, Nick’s Tacos in Russian Hill, and Suppenkuch in Hayes Valley are just a few of them…can’t wait for my next visit!
|fried cookie dough = heaven|
|biggest corn dogs ever, and I don’t mean the girls…|
Other things to be excited for:
Taco Asylum’s brand new menu of tacos (including Bacon PB&J!).
C4 Deli’s Cupcake and Wine Pairing Nights on Thursday.
Blaze has opened in Mission Viejo.
The Robbins Nest Wine Bar is alive and kicking in Santa Ana.
Montreal Poutine has opened in Costa Mesa.
If you are in the Costa Mesa/Newport/Santa Ana area, or need a break from shopping all day at South Coast, I would recommend happy hour here. It’s not crowded, its friendly service (most of the time), and the price is just right.
|crunchy salmon roll with spicy tuna|
The fish here is very fresh, and they have fun rolls that fit every one’s choices. Downside is that there is no sake/beer special, but this is a family place. Don’t expect to do sake bombs here – it’s a classy joint. And reverse happy hour doesn’t start until 8:30.
|Alaskan Roll – skip this|
|Spicy Tuna Tempura Roll|
|4/5 for great sushi with a little bit of an uptight atmosphere. But let’s remember its still reverse happy hour 8:30-close!|