Food Notes on San Francisco

San Fran Train Darabzine

In San Francisco an unpretentious foodie bonanza awaits.

With a cult following, Philz Coffee brings drip coffee, back to the limelight. Phil, a Lebanese Jew celebrates his passion for the American brew, but injects an international perspective to his caffeinated beverages, which sometimes seem more like concoctions, involving Turkish coffee and ingredients like cardomom and mint.

Tartine’s freshly baked goods are a guilty pleasure to savor. A measured ratio of croissant and muffin dough make for a prized morning bun. Correspondingly, candied orange and butter, crown the sensation that define morning glory.

At Delfina, top-tier Italian is transported from New York to San Francisco. In the heart of the trendy Mission District, sits a pizzeria and restaurant, delivering fresh and simple Italian food, with a focus on local and seasonal ingredients. A thorough, complex wine list awaits, complementing the delectable dishes offered here. Think fluently lip-smacking pasta with tomato and parmesan, whole grilled fish, and bitter green sides, like lemon-garlic chard.

Not too far away, step into Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop. It is here where frozen yogurt and its legion of disciples are pushed aside, their reign reconsidered on the throne of the frozen treat kingdom. The trendy flavor that is salted caramel is catapulted to remarkable territory, never overwhelmed with sugar, but fine-tuned with a smoldering caramel that scintillates with cream and salt.

Balsamic Strawberry makes way for a subtle twist on an ice cream classic. An anticipated vinegary disposition is muted accordingly to delight the palette as opposed to shock it with acidity.

Boulange Darabzine

On the light front, a smoked trout salad at Boulange defined lunch alfresco. Yet not too long after, as the pangs of hunger kick in, be sure to make a stop for grilled cheese at The Melt. The concept is Jonathon Kaplan’s latest venture following the success of his Flip Video revolution. Variations of grilled cheese and bread are paired with different soups. Tomato and bacon are available upon request and at no charge.

Hambrugers Darabzine

Get your burger fix at In-N-Out Burger, or the lesser known Hamburgers in Sausalito, where patties slowly gyrate on a lazy-susan grill.

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