‘Ice cream’ sandwich – State Bird Provisions

Ice cream sandwich - State Bird Provisions
Candied almond and chocolate, apricot meringue. $8
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

This was a really fun and delicious dessert! I liked that it wasn’t overly sweet and the components worked well together.

Pink crystalline ice plant
Pink crystalline ice plant flowers (Mesembryanthemum crystallinum, Aizoaceae), Great Highway.

Cast iron quail eggs – State Bird Provisions

Cast iron quail eggs - State Bird Provisions
1/2 dozen quail eggs, sunchoke, mixed greens, and ravigote. $12
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

This dish was very different! The sauce ravigote tasted great with the quail eggs because it helped to cut the richness of the eggs. The crispy sunchokes were also fun.

St. Laurent wine - State Bird Provisions

St. Laurent, Johanneshof Reinisch, Thermenregion, Austria 2009. $11

Kwanzan cherry tree
Kwanzan cherry tree (Prunus sp., Rosaceae) with double pink flowers, 19th Street.

Tuna dip and chips – State Bird Provisions

Tuna dip and chips - State Bird Provisions
Garbanzo beans, cucumber, tomato, capers, potato chips.
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Dining at State Bird is kind of a trip because I sometimes expect the hipsters pushing the food carts around to yell at me in Cantonese or Mandarin. Instead, they kindly explain every dish and patiently wait to hear if you’d like any. What a trip, lol!

Mencia wine - State Bird Provisions

Mencia, D. Ventura, Vina do Burato, Ribeira Sacra, Spain 2011. $10

Lilac hibiscus flowers
Lilac hibiscus flowers (Alyogyne huegelii ‘Swan River’, Malvaceae), Castro Street.

CA state bird with provisions – State Bird Provisions

CA state bird with provisions - State Bird Provisions
Fried quail half with shaved cheese. $8
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Mmm, this was really good but pretty small. I know it’s a quail, but it left me wanting more of this great dish. Next time we’re doubling our order!

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013, 2014

SF Muni metro stop railing
SF Muni metro stop railing, J-line Church Street.

Smoked sturgeon pancake – State Bird Provisions

Smoked sturgeon pancake - State Bird Provisions
Horseradish schmear, “everything” pancake, frisee, pickled onion. $12
State Bird Provisions, San Francisco CA

Omg, I love State Bird! Their American dim sum fare is fun and delicious and they have amazing service. The hipsters who work there are super friendly and accommodating. This smoked sturgeon pancake was my favorite dish during our first visit. We’ve been there a couple times now, and this dish is still one the best!

Red Calibrachoa
Red Calibrachoa ‘MiniFamous Vampire’ flowers (Solanceae).