New job means new business trips. This time it was San Francisco. As a former flight attendant, I’ve been to San Francisco many times. In fact, when I was a baby my parents and I lived together on Treasure Island off the Bay Bridge. I know many people love San Fran (including my parents), but let’s just say it’s not my cup of tea. In any case, it’s a GREAT city to eat your way through, and because SF will be a regular stop for me in the coming months, I am delighted that there seems to be an never-ending list of excellent culinary experiences.
First Stop: The Square
We started off happy hour with The Square off of Powell and Columbus. The picture above is the Corpse Reviver No. 2. Super refreshing, and so good I probably drank it too fast. Below is the Wooden Nickel. UN-BE-LIEV-ABLE. So good. Kind of tasted like it sounds, but in the most delicious way. They also had this ironic sign that said “POT” with a copper pot underneath it. Bartender was super-friendly.
Second Stop: Blue Bottle Coffee
I’ve heard of this place from everywhere and everyone. One of the locations was at the Mint – right across the street from our hotel. On this particular morning, the fire alarm went off in our hotel room at 6:45am. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to beat the long line (which tripled in size 15 minutes after we arrived). I got a latte and waffle, Matt got a regular coffee and poached eggs on toast. The coffee was good, but the food was GREAT!
Third stop: Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
This place is apparently known as the best breakfast in San Francisco, even featured on Diner’s, Drive-in’s and Dives! We read online that people would wait in line for hours (plural) for breakfast there. Thankfully, we only had to wait for about 30 minutes. We both had pretty satisfactory breakfasts, the most tasty part being their cheddar cornbread with jalapeño jam. I also really liked the coffee here.
The highlight of this place was our server, Damon. He was kind of fabulous and wore a very tight t-shirt from Mariah Carey’s 2003 Charmbracelet Tour. If you’re at Dottie’s definitely ask for Damon, he’s pretty spectacular.
Fourth stop: The Full House Tour
They say when you get married you begin to pull back the onion layers of your spouse’s inner-psyche. Well, my spouse never expected to find a vast wealth of Full House fanaticism. We couldn’t leave the city without seeing the Painted Ladies (who were actually getting painted at the time). Contrary to what most people think, the front stoop of the tanner house is not one of the Painted Ladies. It’s actually located at 1709 Broderick Street. I think the owners painted the house to stop tourist like me from taking pictures.
Final Stop: Sausalito
My husband’s parents met, courted and married in Marin County. Their first date was in Sausalito. We had to take a selfie on the overlook, which had the most beautiful view of the Bay. Until next time, San Francisco!