Oven-roasted pork belly, shaved cabbage, red radish, avocado, cilantro, mustard seed mayo. $9.50
Sushirrito, San Francisco CA
These sushi burritos are super popular during lunchtime in the Financial District/SoMa. I think they’re delicious but it’s also a lot of rice and I’m trying to cut back on carbs (I need to maintain my trim figure, lol). I’ve tried several varieties now and I liked this Porkivore. The pork belly was delicious and the mustard seed mayo was a good sauce accompaniment especially with added hot sauce. Noms!
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Fountain, Yerba Buena Park.
Cole slaw, purple potato salad, pickled red onion, carrot, pea shoot. $21
1760, San Francisco CA
This tasted good, but I think it was overpriced for the portion. I also think that the sour/tart flavors dominated the dish and I hoped for more luscious bbq flavors to rise through. The purple potato salad wasn’t my favorite thing either. I’ve had purple potato salad before but they had better flavor and texture than this one by 1760. Overall, I kinda think that this restaurant is overrated. There were more missteps than successes during this meal.
Sorelle, Bronca, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene ‘Particella 68’ NV. Bottle $45
Kimchi, bean sprouts. $10
Revel, Seattle WA
This restaurant specializing in Korean comfort food is awesome! All the food tastes great and although I’m not Korean, I can imagine that this is how comfort food would taste like there. The one downside that I noticed was that the service was REALLY slow with long, awkward pauses during service. I’m sure it’s because the kitchen in continually slammed (this place is popular) so the food trickles out. This savory pork belly pancake was delicious, and the sauces at the table were fun to mix and match!
Kwanzan cherry tree (Prunus sp., Rosaceae) with double pink flowers.
House cured bacon, sprouted beans, red pepper, okra. 10-course chef’s tasting menu $75
Roxy’s Cafe, San Francisco CA
Aside from the beautifully cooked and delicious proteins on this plate, the sprouted beans were my favorite part! I’d never had them before, and they had a wonderful texture and tasted great! I will say that my cut of beef had a lot of connective tissue, so while it was still tasty, I really couldn’t cut through it very easily. Lame.
Weathered mailboxes, The Castro.
Tender pork belly, turmeric pickled daikon, green shiso. $3.75
Chairman Bao Truck, San Francisco CA
Noms! This is still by favorite item from the Chairman Truck! The glaze on the pork belly is absolutely amazing – it’s salty and caramel-y and SO yummy. I love the turmeric pickled daikon and the steamed bun is always pillowy soft.
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2011, 2012, 2014
Soy caramel, mandarin orange, pickled pineapple, shaved coconut, macadamia nuts. $10
Mission Chinese Food, San Francisco CA
Mmm, this pork belly was SO tasty! I just wish there was more of it, hehe. The thick pieces were pretty fatty but the soy caramel sauce was absolutely addictive. I also loved the fun tropical additions.
Octopus and the Bay Bridge.
Potato vodka, house made mary mix, pork belly, sesame salt. $9
Joule, San Francisco CA
This place was super cute and the service was friendly although we had a large party so our waiter was a little scarce once we got our food. My bloody mary was tasty, but the pork belly description was a bit misleading and the cocktail was fairly small.
Angie’s Umbrella, Jim Pridgeon and Benson Shaw, 2003, Belltown.
Two soft boiled eggs, smoked grits, caramelized onion, spaghetti squash, pork candy. $13
Chambers Eat and Drink, San Francisco CA
I liked the pork belly, the fried grits balls, and even the pieces of pork sugar candy but I really couldn’t get over the spaghetti squash mixed with the caramelized onion. What?! This is another dish where everything just didn’t taste right together…
Mixed lichen centerpiece.
House cut kennebec fries, mushroom gravy, two hour cooked pork belly, cheese curds, and granna padano. $9
Citizen’s Band, San Francisco CA
WOWZA, this poutine was amazing! The crispy pork belly was definitely the star – it reminded me of great fried lechon. With the flavorful gravy, soft cheese curds, and wispy grates of granna padano you can’t go wrong. This dish should definitely replace their mac and cheese on the 7×7 Big Eat List!
Dark red Verbena x hybrida (Verbenaceae) flowers, Castro Street.
Pickled daikon, cilantro, lettuce, sichuan peppercorn oil. Two for $8
M.Y. China, San Francisco CA
My visit to M.Y. China was a complete disaster! The service was TERRIBLE and the food was barely a step up from mall food (I guess that’s why they’re located inside Westfield Mall). When you start referring to pork belly buns as “sliders”, you know there’s something wrong. The pork belly was chewy and the bun wasn’t fluffy like most. I wouldn’t have known this was tea soaked either.
White orchids, Roosevelt Way.
Smoky bbq sauce, cornmeal buttermilk onion rings, seasoned French fries. $13
King’s Highway, Palm Springs CA
This was one of the fancier sloppy joes I’ve ever had, lol! The pork belly was delicious and I like the bbq sauce. The onion rings were a bit greasy, but the French fries rocked!
Salt and pepper.
Dinny the Apatosaurus, Cabazon Dinosaurs, Interstate 10. These dinosaurs are worth a quick stop!
Endive, caramelized grapes, honey-thyme vinaigrette. $10
Eureka Restaurant & Lounge, San Francisco CA
I think they replaced the endive with pickled onions! I really enjoyed this appetizer. I know that this pork belly is super fatty, but it was oh so yummy. The thinly shaved fennel underneath and the acid from the pickled onions helped to cut the fat. I must say that I enjoyed the caramelized grapes the most, lol! Those little suckers were amazing!
The sidewalk parklets in my neighborhood have also been decked out for the holidays!