Fried chicken – Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

Fried chicken - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
With garlic mashed potatoes, collard greens, sweet potato-black eyed pea relish, and black pepper gravy. $18
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA

Fried chicken - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Mmm, this was pretty tasty. The fried chicken was crispy on the outside and nice and juicy on the inside. I think the sweet potato relish wasn’t needed with the garlic mashed potatoes but I appreciated the different textures. I’m also glad that they served the gravy on the side because I would have eaten it all otherwise.

Bread and butter - Eureka Restaurant and Lounge
Bread and butter. Complimentary

Beef tongue – Namu Gaji

Beef tongue - Namu Gaji
Asparagus, broccoli, collard greens, cedar, lime. $14
Namu Gaji, San Francisco CA

Boy, was this good! I’ve only previously had beef tongue sliced into sandwiches, shredded into tacos, or cut up in different ways as an ingredient in soups and stews. This was large pieces of tongue, perfectly cooked and beautifully dressed, simply presented so as to enjoy the beef tongue in all its delicious glory. Great job, Namu Gaji!

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

Banchan - Namu Gaji
Banchan. Mung bean sprouts, daikon greens, kimchi. Complimentary

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.

St. Louis pork spare ribs – The Dancing Pig

St. Louis pork spare ribs - The Dancing Pig
Pork spare ribs smoked in-house, dry rub served with a light barbecue sauce, and two sides. Half slab $14.95
The Dancing Pig, San Francisco CA

You definitely get A LOT of food! So if you’re looking for a great value, perhaps The Dancing Pig is for you. I’m a lover of bbq pork ribs and I’ll enjoy most preparations, but I wasn’t a fan of these. They had a weird grainy texture that did scream bbq to me! I was disappointed!

Collard greens and mac 'n' cheese - The Dancing Pig
Sides of collard greens and mac ‘n’ cheese. Noms, I loved the mac and cheese! They’re of that creamy, loose variety that always reminds me of those I had growing up. And as you can see the sides are huge!

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street

Decorative urn and succulent, 17th Street. I don’t like the fake greenery around the urn, but I love the wall mounted succulent – super cool!