Sauteed mushroom and onion cheeseburger – Firewood Cafe

Sauteed mushroom and onion cheeseburger - Firewood Cafe
Cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, served with side caesar salad. $14.95
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

This juicy burger was pretty good, but they should really toast their buns. With that many toppings, the untoasted bun gets destroyed pretty quickly.

Oven baked rigatoni – Firewood Cafe

Oven baked rigatoni - Firewood Cafe
Mild Italian sausage, onions, and marinara sauce with mozzarella and fontina cheeses. $12.75
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I can’t ever deny a warm, bubbly, cheesy, saucy pasta dish. I feel like I need to hit the gym again just thinking about it. This was very home-y and yummy.

Seafood linguine – Firewood Cafe

Seafood linguine - Firewood Cafe
Clams, prawns, calamari, salmon sautéed with garlic and olive oil in a light tomato sauce. $14.95
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

I like Firewood because it’s an easy and comfortable place to grab a nice, hearty meal. The food isn’t fancy but it’s consistent and generally tasty. This pasta was good and they included a decent amount of proteins. They also give you plenty of food so I always have leftovers.

Mushroom cheeseburger – Firewood Cafe

Mushroom cheeseburger - Firewood Cafe
Sauteed mushroom, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, served with French fries. $11.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco International Airport(SFO)

I liked this burger too! The patty was a little on the done side for my taste, but it was still tasty overall. The mushrooms were plump and juicy and the fries were killer.

Gate in Terminal 2
Gate in Terminal 2.

Cheeseburger – Firewood Cafe

Cheeseburger - Firewood Cafe
Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, served with French fries. $10.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)

As airport food goes, Firewood Cafe is solid. It’s a good value and the food is actually pretty good. This burger was moist and plenty big. I just wish they would toast the buns. The fries were delicious though!

Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada beers - Firewood Cafe
Blue Moon and Sierra Nevada beers.

Chicken parmigiana – Firewood Cafe

Chicken parmigiana - Firewood Cafe
Served with a side of capellini pasta, oven roasted seasonal vegetables and bread. $15.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

Chicken parmigiana - Firewood Cafe
Mmm, I love chicken parmigiana. This was huge and very good! The chicken was generously smothered in marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese which was amazing! I know that Firewood is the best restaurant in the world, but it definitely holds a place in my heart for quick quality Italian food.

Marinated olives - Firewood Cafe
Marinated olives. Complimentary

Herb roasted chicken – Firewood Cafe

Herb roasted chicken - Firewood Cafe
1/2 rotisserie chicken marinated in olive oil, fresh sage, rosemary and garlic. Served with fire-roasted new potatoes and bread. $9.75
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

I love the rotisserie chicken at Firewood. They’re always moist, tender, and full of flavor! It’s a great value and the potatoes make the perfect side.

Herb roasted chicken - Firewood Cafe
Another night, another 1/2 chicken! I’m such a creature of habit, lol!

Purple potato bush (Solanum rantonnetii, Solanaceae), Dolores Street
Purple potato bush (Solanum rantonnetii, Solanaceae), Dolores Street. Also called Royal Robe Paraguay Nightshade. A house down the street has this bush in front and it blooms like crazy!

Corn salad – Firewood Cafe

Corn salad - Firewood Cafe
With basil, tomato, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing. $4.50
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

This was interesting – maybe a little too sweet for my taste. The combination of the sweet corn kernels and the sweet-ish dressing was a bit much. I will say that they give you plenty of corn!

Marinted olives - Firewood Cafe
Marinted olives. Complimentary.

Hacienda style home, Roosevelt Way

Hacienda style home, Roosevelt Way. I love this house in the Upper Market Terrace neighborhood. It’s actually more of a mansion, and it’s absolutely beautiful!

Mushroom pizza – Firewood Cafe

Mushroom pizza - Firewood Cafe
Sautéed oyster and crimini mushrooms with caramelized onions and homemade tomato sauce. $10.25
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

Mushroom pizza - Firewood Cafe
You really can’t go wrong with sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions – this was delicious! I will say that there may have been too many toppings for the thin crust to handle (gasp, did I just say that?).

Sidewalk graffiti, Market Street

Sidewalk graffiti, Market Street. I usually see the spray painted coi fish stencils on the sidewalk, but this one was new to me!

Chicken pesto pizza – Firewood Cafe

Chicken pesto pizza Firewood Cafe
Rotisserie chicken, pesto sauce, roasted red peppers and sliced red onions. $10.95
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

This pizza was ok. I usually wouldn’t say this, but I think it had too many toppings and pesto. The crust seemed weighted down by everything. I prefer some of their other pizza options.

Chicken pesto pizza - Firewood Cafe
July 3, 2015. $12.95
This was at SFO and it wasn’t as good. The crust was thicker and a little burnt. Not my favorite.

Pinot noir Firewood Cafe

Pinot noir, red wine. $6.95

Dolores Park, San Francisco
View from Dolores Park. From the corner of Church and 20th Streets, you can get a spectacular view of the city. Mission Dolores High School is to the left and the newly remodeled playground is to the right. On a warm, sunny day Dolores Park gets packed with hipsters and sunbathers!

Chicken caesar salad – Firewood Cafe

Chicken caesar salad Firewood Cafe
Romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese and fresh garlic croutons tossed with homemade caesar dressing. Additional fixings include caramelized onions, candied walnuts, and bleu cheese. $12.20
Firewood Cafe, San Francisco CA

For some reason, I sometimes crave the caesar salad at Firewood. I always add roasted chicken on top and take full advantage of the 3 free additional toppings. “Lite on the dressing”, of course!

Marinated olives Firewood Cafe
Marinated olives. Complimentary.

Telephone wires, 17th Street

Tangle of telephone wires over 17th Street at dawn. Mornings in San Francisco can create the best colors. This subdued purple was absolutely beautiful.