Balancoire scramble – Balancoire

Balancoire scramble - Balancoire
Seasonal veggies, andouille sausage, pepper jack cheese, potatoes, mixed greens. $12
Balancoire, San Francisco CA

I don’t know how this place is as a club, but as a restaurant it SUCKED! Yelp, you failed me on this one. The food was below marginal and the service was cringingly awkward. These scrambled eggs were super runny and overly cheesy. The potatoes were barely cooked and I think the salad had cheap bottled salad dressing on it. I did like the andouille sausage but even they were inconsistently charred and cooked. Boo!

Biscuits - Balancoire
Biscuits. Compimentary
Omg, these were literally jockey pucks. I’m not sure why they even bothered serving them because they felt and tasted like they were over a week old!

Police telephone box
Police telephone box, Marina.

Mushroom tortellini and Duck confit – Bankers Hill

Housemade mushroom tortellini - Bankers Hill
Housemade mushroom tortellini, rapini, hedgehog mushrooms, truffled sherry sauce, parmesan cheese. $17.95
Bankers Hill, San Diego CA

Both these dishes were really tasty! Unfortunately, we didn’t plan our entrees very well though and weren’t ready for two super heavy and rich dishes. Sorry for the almost indistinguishable pics! 😦

Crispy skin duck confit - Bankers Hill
Crispy skin duck confit, andouille sausage, cassoulet, braised collard greens. $19.25

Lady slipper orchids
Lady slipper orchids (Paphiopedilum spp., Orchidaceae), Balboa Park Botanical Building.

Carolina shrimp and grits – The Glass Onion

Carolina shrimp and grits - The Glass Onion
With andouille sausage and braised tomatoes. $17
The Glass Onion, Charleston SC

This dish was pretty good with great flavor. I loved the texture of the grits, but the shrimp may have been a little overcooked. Not too much, but they were definitely not as tender as I would have liked. Also, I did want to mention that the service was a bit awkward.

Cornbread and honey - The Glass Onion
Cornbread drizzled with honey. These were delicious and I wish I had requested another round!

Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston-Historic District

Lobby of the Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston-Historic District. Sat here several times waiting for my friend to get ready before heading out to dinner, hehe!

Castro Quarter gumbo – Criolla Kitchen

Castro Quarter gumbo Criolla Kitchen

Andouille sausage, gulf shrimp, chicken, holy-trinity (onion, carrots and celery), okra and dark roux, served with Louisiana long grain rice. $11.90
Criolla Kitchen, San Francisco

This dish was just ok. It lacked the depth of flavor that I look for in a delicious gumbo, and there could also have been more of the proteins present. It was more soupy than gumbo. You definitely get a lot of it though, and the price is very reasonable.