Weekend Special: Amazing Things I Ate in the Bay Area


“Crab butter” featuring local crab at the Swan Oyster Depot, San Francisco (click to savor)

A recent 10-day trip to San Francisco convinced me that, taken together, the California coastal strip from San Jose to Fort Bragg offers eating every bit as good as we have here in the NY metro area. The opportunities to enjoy sustainable seafood are profuse, and, with three growing seasons per year, the fruit and vegetables are often more luscious. A trip through the Anderson Valley during the peach and cherry season made me almost want to stay forever. Wineries and breweries are of the highest quality, and, at places like Tony’s Pizza Napoletana and Delfina Pizzeria, San Francisco seems to be finally getting its pizza act together. Cal-Mex cooking is an estimable cuisine in its own right, and the South Bay (a/k/a Silicon Valley) mounts more memorable Chinese restaurants than you can shake a chopstick at. Forge onward for more photos.

Chile colorado, Taqueria Sinaloense, San Mateo

Pani poori at Chaat Bhavan, Fremont

Pollo enjococado at Fiesta del Mar Too, Mountain View

Joe’s Special, Original Joe’s, San Jose

Vietnamese pot stickers, La Petite Camille, Millbrae

Grilled bunny, Yucatecan Taqueria, San Francisco

Fresh blackberry cobbler made from wild berries, Duarte’s, Pescadero

Main Street, Pescadero, CA


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