Monday, February 8, 2010

San Francisco, February 2010, Day 2

On my second day in SF (Wed 2/3), Ben and Azusa took me to Mission Pie.

Azusa tells me that there is a kind of pie farm where they make their pies, and they get many of their ingredients from neighboring farms. I like the idea of pies growing on trees. Or bushes. Maybe it's more like pumpkins, like a pie patch.

Anyway, I got a savory galette which was really good.

I like this place. I wish we had a place like this in our neighborhood, although now that I think of it, it's probably better for my health that we don't.

Ben and Azusa know the sad state of Mexican food in New York, so for lunch they took me to Taqueria el Farolito for a burrito.

I was advised to order a Super Burrito Al Pastor. Apparently "super" is Spanish for sour cream, cheese, and avocado. Actually, that's not a bad definition at all.

The burrito was awesome. And such large portions. I could have cut the burrito in 3 and then eaten it comfortably for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The pork tasted like it had been slow cooked with care and had a deep, satisfying flavor. And it was all wrapped up just perfectly. I felt like it was the best burrito that I've ever had.

I couldn't eat the whole thing, not exactly because I couldn't, but I was headed to conferences at UCSF in the afternoon and didn't want to fall asleep.

The program took the applicants out to dinner afterwards. I don't usually like to write about places that people have taken me out to, but I need to mention the Shitake Mushroom Dumplings at EOS Wine Salon. These were apparently vegetarian dumplings, but they were the most pleasantly umami-packed things I've eaten in recent memory.

Mission Pie
2901 Mission Street (at 25th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 282-1500

Taqueria el Farolito
2779 Mission St (btn 23rd St and 24th St)
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-7877

EOS Wine Salon
901 Cole St (btn Carl St and Parnassus Ave)
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 566-3063

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