Combo cheesesteak – Phat Philly

Combo cheesesteak - Phat Philly
Beef with mushrooms, onions and bell peppers, cheddar beer sauce, topped with hot peppers. 7-inch $9.25
Phat Philly, San Francisco CA

It’s good to know that the price hasn’t gone up since last time, which has been the case for a lot of my repeats lately. I love the sandwiches here. Yeah, they’re greasy and messy, but isn’t that what you expect from a cheesesteak? I think they taste great!

Ham and cheese biscuit nuggets – The Wine Kitchen

Ham and cheese biscuit nuggets - The Wine Kitchen
Black pepper gravy. $6
The Wine Kitchen, Leesburg VA

These little bites were yummy and fun to eat. I liked the black pepper gravy too, but I think this ended up being to heavy to eat by myself. This would have been great to share with another diner. It tasted great though, but just too rich to eat the entire thing.

Farmers lettuce salad – Volt

Farmers lettuce salad - Volt
Tuscarora Farms lettuce, avocado puree, diced cucumber, harissa vinaigrette, pickled shallots, toasted caraway seeds crumb. Tasting menu $95
Volt, Frederick MD

Maybe I’m just not a salad person, but this dish was lost on me. I guess I can appreciate the fresh ingredients and the techniques used to create all the components, but I still wasn’t satisfied eating this salad. To each his own…

Cheddar chive buttermilk biscuit - Volt
Cheddar chive buttermilk biscuit. This was SO good! I could live off these. 🙂

Bacon and poached egg breakfast sandwich – Northside Social

Bacon and poached egg breakfast sandwich - Northside Social
Sharp white cheddar, maple butter, frisee, on Italian feather loaf. $6.75
Northside Social, Arlington VA

This breakfast sandwich was very tasty and easy to eat. Or maybe I was just hungry and scarfed it down so quickly, hehe! I thought the Italian feather loaf was a good bread choice for the yummy fillings.

Mini bibingka – Bibingkinitan

Mini bibingka - Bibingkinitan
Soft and moist rice cakes made with 100% rice flour topped with salted duck egg and cheddar cheese.
Bibingkinitan, Manila PHILIPPINES

Omg, these were SO frickin’ good! They were deliciously salty, buttery and super soft. And they’re the perfect size to snack on, but you really can’t stop at just one. Noms!

Malacanan Palace balcony
Malacanan Palace balcony where President Ferdinand Marcos made his last public appearance.

“Marlowe” burger – Park Tavern

Marlowe burger - Park Tavern
Caramelized onion, cheddar, bacon, horseradish aioli and fries. $15
Park Tavern, San Francisco CA

Their sister restaurant Marlowe has a very popular burger that’s supposed to be amazing so I think Park Tavern adopted it too. The burger was very juicy and flavorful and the fries were crispy and delicious! The meal overall was very tasty, but I wish our server had brought out ALL the food we ordered. They didn’t forget to charge us for everything though! Kinda unprofessional to forget a dish even when asked multiple times about it.

Bon Tempe Lake
Bon Tempe Lake.

Tavern burger – Stock in Trade

Tavern burger - Stock in Trade
Angus beef, aged Grafton cheddar, two fried eggs, pickles, caramelized onions, aioli, toasted Acme bun and fries. $13
Stock in Trade, San Francisco CA

This burger had a lot of flavor but it was super cold and lifeless! It was definitely a service mistake and I’m kinda surprised they served it. Damn, I would have microwaved it myself to get a bit of warmth on the plate!

Tavern burger - Stock in Trade

Mimosas - Stock in Trade

Mimosas. This was one of the most bland mimosas I’ve ever tasted. Ew!

Hot sausage has brown sandwich – Art’s Cafe

Hot sausage has brown sandwich - Art's Cafe
Spinach, onion, mushroom, melted cheddar cheese on hash browns, 2 eggs over-medium, and wheat toast. $7
Art’s Cafe, San Francisco CA

Ugh, I was not impressed by this hashbrown sandwich. Yes, I thought this small diner was super cute and neighborhood-y, and the family running it was sweet and efficient, but the food left much to be desired. My eggs were overcooked, and the hashbrowns were super thin and pretty greasy. Because it was so thin, it really didn’t hold up to the filling which there was little of anyway.

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

Wheat toast - Art's Cafe
Wheat toast with grape jelly.

Orange pansies
Orange pansies (Viola tricolor subsp. hortensis, Violaceae), Noe Valley.

Bacon cheddar scone – Four Barrel Coffee

Bacon cheddar scone - Four Barrel Coffee
Gross, this was probably the most disgusting breakfast item I’ve had in a while! There were huge globs of baking soda (or powder?) THROUGHOUT the scone and it tasted like crap. Someone should tell them that they need to mix in all the ingredients properly so that customers aren’t eating pockets of powder with every bite. $3.50
Four Barrel Coffee, San Francisco CA

California Palace of the Legion of Honor
California Palace of the Legion of Honor.

Crawfish beignets – Brenda’s French Soul Food

Crawfish beignets - Brenda's French Soul Food
Spiced with cayenne, scallions and cheddar. $8
Brenda’s French Soul Food, San Francisco CA

Crawfish beignets - Brenda's French Soul Food
OMG, these were frickin’ amazing! These crawfish beignets are definitely heaven sent pouches of flavorful goodness. The filling is a cheesy gooey mess with chunks of delicious crawfish, and the beignet dough is wonderfully light and fluffy and covered in slap-yo-face spices. The addition of the scallions in the filling puts it over the top. These puppies are super rich, but you really can’t have just one! 🙂

7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2012

Creole Bloody Mary - Brenda's French Soul Food

Creole Bloody Mary: garnished with creole spices and pickled okra. $7
Ugh, this bloody mary was a major let-down. IT was all tomato juice with no hint of alcohol and it wasn’t spicy AT ALL! It didn’t have any creole flavor and was actually bland. We had to add lots of hot sauce to make it somewhat decent. Lame!

Green chile chicken pot pie – Chile Pies

Green chile chicken pot pie - Chile Pies
Homemade pie served with green chile gravy, vegetables, cheddar crust, side salad. $8
Chile Pies, San Francisco CA

Green chile chicken pot pie - Chile Pies
Hmm, this wasn’t as good as I remembered. Last time I had the red chile pot pie and while the filling was certainly more flavorful, it was the cheddar crust that had the most impact. The cheddar crust was thick and hearty and kept all the juices inside the pie. This time around, I’m not sure there was even any cheddar on the crust. It was thinner and even soggy on the inside. Definitely not what I wanted to find. 😦