Porchetta sandwich – Roli Roti

Porchetta sandwich - Roli Roti
Slow rotisserie roasted pork with house made onion marmalade, fresh arugula, herbed sea salt and served on an Acme Bakery roll. $10.50
Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie, San Francisco CA

I really love this porchetta sandwich! I can’t eat it very often because the porchetta is super fatty, but that just means it’s that much more flavorful. Noms!

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Lamb scrumpets – The Cavalier

Lamb scrumpets - The Cavalier
Pickled mint and chiles. Happy hour $9
The Cavalier, San Francisco CA

Mmm, I love these lamb scrumpets! And they’re perfectly priced during happy hour! The lamb is very flavorful and pairs wonderfully with the mint sauce.

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Sizzling cumin lamb – Spices

Sizzling cumin lamb - Spices
Onions, green peppers, chilies, scallions. $16.99
Spices, San Francisco CA

This was good, but I don’t know if it was seventeen dollars good for Chinese food. I also thought it was weird that it came out on aluminum foil while already on a dish. The lamb was also not that tender. I liked the cumin flavor, but it should be on a best-of-the-best list

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Warm bread salad – Jardiniere

Warm bread salad - Jardiniere
Farmanova beet, arugula, crescenza. $16
Jardiniere, San Francisco CA

I liked this salad enough, but it was more of a leafy green salad with some bread thrown in than an actual bread salad. I liked the flavors, but I felt a little misled from the menu description. Definitely wouldn’t be on my list of things I have to try before I die.

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Swedish meatballs – Plaj Restaurant

Swedish meatballs - Plaj Restaurant
Potato puree, pan gravy, lingonberry, pickled cucumber. $20
Plaj Restaurant, San Francisco CA

Mmm, fancy Swedish meatballs! I loved the gravy and lingonberry combo. And the meatballs were really tender. The pickled cucumbers were a nice addition.

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Plajer cocktail - Plaj Restaurant
Plajer cocktail. $12

Baby octopus stew – La Ciccia

Baby octopus stew - La Ciccia
Prupisceddu in umidu con tomatiga. In spicy sauce. $16
La Ciccia, San Francisco CA

Omg, this was SO delicious! The octopus was tender and that sauce was amazing. It was so rich and deep, and I could’ve eaten a vat of it. This would be great to eat on a cold, rainy day at the bar counter with a glass of red wine!

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Pintxos flight – Aatxe

Pintxos flight - Aatxe
Pintxo gilda, smoked quail egg and mushroom, boquerone toast and mojo verde, jamon and squash croqueta, chorizo deviled egg. Happy hour, $1 each
Aatxe, San Francisco CA

I really need to go here more often for happy hour! I could eat these pintxos every day, especially at a buck a piece! Noms!

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House-made spam – Liholiho Yacht Club

House-made spam - Liholiho Yacht Club
Over rice with furikake, pickles, green onions, and spicy mayo.
Liholiho Yacht Club, San Francisco CA

This was good, but not my favorite. I like “real” spam because it has a soft-ish texture that is really easy to eat. This house-made spam was pretty dense and really needed some heavy chewing to bite through. I loved the flavors though.

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Porchetta sandwich – Roli Roti

Porchetta sandwich - Roli Roti
Slow rotisserie roasted pork with house made onion marmalade, fresh arugula, herbed sea salt and served on an Acme Bakery roll. $10.50
Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie, San Francisco CA

They’ve upped the price of this sandwich once again, but I still think it’s a great deal since it’s SO delicious and quite filling. This is still one of my favorite cheat lunches during the work week.

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House “cappuccino” 1919 – Tosca Cafe

House cappuccino 1919 - Tosca Cafe
Marie Dufau Bas Armagnac, bourbon, Dandelion chocolate, ganache, organic milk. $12
Tosca Cafe, San Francisco CA

This boozy “cappuccino” was good, but I’m not convinced that it should be on the 7×7 Big Eat SF list. There are better cocktails in this city. Sometimes I wonder if 7×7 gets kickbacks from these restaurants to get items on their list. Hmm…

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Roasted chicken for 2 – Tosca Cafe

Roasted chicken for 2 - Tosca Cafe
Ricotta, pine nuts, marsala. $48
Tosca Cafe, San Francisco CA

This was delicious! The breast wasn’t the most succulent roasted chicken I’ve had, but I loved the Italian flavors with the marsala sauce. I also thought it was super cute that they kept the chicken claws attached to the drums (sorry it’s cut off in the pic). Was it the best roasted chicken? No. But it was SO worth the relatively low $48 price tag for roasted chicken (for two people) in San Francisco.

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