Lapin a la moutarde. Served with braised greens and rice. Three course dinner prix fixe $35 Cafe Bastille, San Francisco CA
They say that rabbit tastes like chicken, and with this dish I think it looks exactly like chicken too. I love the slightly gamey flavor of rabbit and most of the time it’s very tender. This rabbit dish was tasty and super hearty.
Assorted salumi served with roasted garlic, pickled radishes and onions, and coarse mustard. Incanto, San Francisco CA
I LOVE SALUMI! Boccalone (Chris Cosentino’s salumeria) makes some fine cured meats. They have a storefront in the SF Ferry Building, and Incanto also sold some of their products at the restaurant. The meats were SO tender and flavorful. I loved everything on the plate!
Khao soi gai. Made with their own coconut milk and curry paste, pickled mustard, fried shallots, red onion, lime, sprouts, fried noodles. $8.80 Little Uncle, Seattle WA
Wow, this was really tasty and I loved all the different textures and the curried broth was amazing. It was also cute that they give you the dried chili flakes and spices in the wax paper so you could add it to taste. The place is really just a pick-up window in the middle of the block with a couple benches along the wall. I really like it this way way though. It’s no frills, but the food is delicious!
Black cherry, mustard. Tasting menu $140 Jardiniere, San Francisco CA
I don’t think I could have ever thought that pairing duck heart, mushroom, and cherry would work but it was actually pretty great. I wouldn’t want any more of the duck hearts than the portion on the plate since it was very rich, but it was nice to get offal as part of a tasting menu.
Mushroom broth. This was absolutely amazing! There was SO much flavor in this tiny cup of broth and I enjoyed every drop.
California hedge nettle (Stachys bullata, Lamiaceae), Purisima Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve.
Lacinato kale, apple, crispy shallots, cider vinaigrette. $13 Fable, San Francisco CA
This isn’t what I expected, but I really loved this dish! When I read “braised pork cheeks” on the menu, I assumed it was going to be wet and saucy. These cheeks were probably braised first, them coated in mustard and bread crumbs and sauteed. They were delicious and the accompanying kale salad was the perfect match. Noms!
Sparkling wine, Grande Cuvee Brut, Torley, NV (Hungary), chardonnary, pinot noir, riesling. Glass $9
Clean and crisp, with a subtle almond and green apple flavor.
With house-made mustard and honey. $7 Hi Tops, San Francisco CA
What a perfect item to serve at a sports bar! Since chef Jamie Lauren of Top Chef fame served wonderful pretzel bites at her former restaurant Absinthe, why not add a pretzel to the Hi Tops menu?! Score!
Taking the dog for a walk on the beach at Fort Funston.
Arugula salad with red beet and goat cheese, lemon mustard dressing. $8 Le P’tit Laurent, San Francisco CA
This is such a cute restaurant and the service was very friendly and attentive! Everything we had was very tasty, but I’ll admit that this salad was over-dressed. It tasted great, but there was way too much dressing so the greens were soggy.
Ham, mortdadella, Italian salami, cheese, mayonnaise, garlic spread, mustard, crushed jalapenos, lettuce, and tomato on Dutch crunch bread. $7.75
Darby Dan Sandwich Co., South San Francisco CA
The sandwiches here are quite large and pretty good! They tend to pile on the spreads so if that doesn’t interest you, I’d suggest requesting a light application, hehe. I also love that their Dutch crunch bread is extra flaky on top!
Coppa, pork shoulder with smoked pimenton and garlic. Bresaola, beef loin cured in juniper, thyme and bordeaux brine. Duck breast, buried in spices 5 days then apple wood smoke. Served with grilled bread, pickled vegetables, and coarse mustard. 3 for $16 Beast and the Hare, San Francisco CA
Now this is what I call a charcuterie plate! SO DELICIOUS!!! All the meats were amazing and the grilled bread, mustard, and pickled veggies really added to the enjoyment of this plate. I’d have to say that the duck breast was my favorite! It was smokey, tender, fatty, and just perfect. NOMS! I definitely have to go back to try some of the other cured meats.
Grilled panini with cure Italian ham, artichoke hearts, provolone chese, dijon mustard. $9.50
Il Fornaio Caffe Del Mondo, San Francisco International Airport (SFO)
This sandwich was ok. The bread was dry and hard, but I liked the oozy gooey melted provolone cheese. The prosciutto was also extra salty for some reason. And forget about the service – it’s SUPER slow! If you’re in any hurry, avoid this place with your life!