Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Eatin' Out in SF

Gentle Friends I think I will use the Wednesday Post as a spot to share San Francisco and California things, snaps, restaurants, quick trips around and town stuff.   It will give me an excuse to get up off my butt and go out exploring and enjoying the city a bit more than I do.....  so with that in mind I'll share our little adventure we had over the weekend at a "new" restaurant, or at least new to us. Our eatin' out friends Tom and Mindy joined us and off we went.....

The restaurant we chose is called "Kitchen Story" located at 16th and Sanchez Streets.  When we first started talking about this place the address sounded really familiar... and after doing a bit of research we found that this used to be a restaurant called "Port Cafe" a place we would go to all the time... but sadly went out of business quite a few years ago.  One thing you have to know about restaurants in SF is that they come and go all the time, for various reasons.  The Port Cafe was a great breakfast/brunch place that had drag queens waiting at table - it was what they were known for - and it was a fun place to go.  

With a total refurbishment "Kitchen Story" is far more upscale -  here are some snaps of what we had.....

We started of with three appetizers...

 Crispy Calamari - Red curry battered Monterrey squid with spicy pepper, garlic aioli and
homemade pickle - delicious!!!!

CASTRO Tower”  - Diced Maguro tuna ceviche tossed with roasted rice, kaffir lime,
lemongrass, diced mango served with crispy chips - I didn't try this one as I do not like mango, but I was told it was delicious also.

Samosa’s In Town  - Red Norland potato, caramelized onion, carrot wrapped in pastry skin,
served with cilantro spice yogurt dip and cucumber salad - it came with two samosa's, but we ate one before I got the snap, now this dish,  the pastry was on the thick and tough side but the filling was top notch.  The cucumber pickle that came with these was superb!!!

Now for the main courses.....

Mindy got ..... Grilled Wagyu Beef Noodle Soup  - Egg noodle, broccolini, basil, bean sprouts, cilantro, green onion, garlic - she said it was quite tasty,  although she ordered it medium spicy, when it came it was beyond spicy hot and almost inedible.

Tom got..... Finger-Lickin’  - Fried chicken breasts, extra crispy russet wedges, coconut Yellow curry dipping sauce, cucumber salad - I also got this and it was superb, I wouldn't hesitate ordering this again and again!!!!!......  here's mine....

....  the chicken breast was boneless and delicious!!!  as was the curry sauce, simple super!!!

and Rico got.....

“Burgah” Boy - Maple Syrup Wagyu Patty, Millionaire’s Bacon, Vermont White Cheddar, arugula, fried leek, super crispy russet wedges, house made pickle - I swear if there's a burger on the menu he's gonna order it!!  It looked and was delicious!!

After all that we had no room for desert, but I did get a snap of the desert menu......

The desert menu changes daily as does the joke - we all agreed that if we had room we would have ordered the "Granny in Town."

Tom had done some research and found that their wine list, while adequate was priced on the high side, so he brought a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon from Grgich Hills Estate,  the corkage fee was $15.

Overall I would say it was a fun evening with great food and fun friends.... we will go back!!

That's about it for today sports fans - thanks for stopping by do stop again!!

Take care,


  1. Looks and sounds like a really fun place.

    I love that you will feature things from you city on Wednesday.

    San Francisco looks so pretty, I am looking forward to your future posts.

    Blessings always

  2. Your post brought beautiful memories. I'd lost my heart in San Francisco some 20 years ago...

  3. Aww sound like a fun place :)
    Sending you big hugs x

  4. Oh my gosh, I want to go there now!!!! Looks so so yummy!

  5. I have been gone so long, and in thinking about it... I didn't get out much at all!! My Dad used to stop at a deli in West Portal on his way home from work, and get a hunk of Teleme cheese. ALL my siblings and I still drool about that... it was creamy and so good! Plus salami, sourdough and See's candy! Ah... Going to write down that Lawyer joke, since I work in a Law firm!! Ha! Hugs!

  6. Will be fun to read your weekly day I hope to get to visit SF...

  7. I love your idea. I have never been to SF and love seeing your photos of your lovely city, the restaurants would be a bonus!!

  8. oh my I want to try so many of these now!
    everything but the mango!! :D

    thanks for watering my mouth so desperately at 8:38AM!!

  9. Hey Edgar, once again you show us the great food choices in the SF area. I do send these onto our son who lives there. Speaking of our son - we will be in SF next week - send you an e-mail - hopefully we can get together.

  10. Thank you so much for this post, and future Wednesday SF posts. My son is doing PhD work at Stanford and loves to go into SF with friends. He is always looking for new places to eat so I will pass on your recommendations to him. Maybe we can join him if we manage to visit from Long Island in the future.

  11. Yummy!! Thanks so much for posting a review. I have been so curious about this place! Will have to go make a visit soon. :)

  12. Oh, yum! There would have been a lot less to photo if it were me. LoL

  13. The fries under that burget look pretty incredible! Thanks for sharing, although we don't get into that section of the city much living in East Bay.


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