The original clam bake cioppino – The Old Clam House

The original clam bake cioppino - The Old Clam House
Clams, mussels, crab, shrimp, calamari, fish filet, potatoes, carrots, onions, olives, garlic, corn in a spicy cioppino sauce. Couple $49.99
The Old Clam House, San Francisco CA

OMG, this was SO much food! This was pretty much a small pail of cioppino for only two people, and it was SO delicious! I liked that the sauce was on the spicy side. Most cioppinos are kinda bland these days. This cioppino was also packed with seafood. This was definitely worth it, and I would go back for this dish. Noms!

Eric’s spicy eggplant – Eric’s Restaurant

Eric's spicy eggplant - Eric's Restaurant
Eggplant with chicken, shrimp, red bell pepper, and basil in a special spicy sauce. $11.95
Eric’s Restaurant, San Francisco CA

The price has gone up since last time, but only slightly. I still really like this dish from Eric’s. There’s a good variety of flavors and the sauce is tasty. It could be a bit spicier though since it’s advertised that way.

Camarones al pisco – Fresca

Camarones al pisco - Fresca
Marinated sauteed shrimp, garlic, pisco, spicy tomato sauce with a touch of cream, grilled garlic toast. $14
Fresca, San Francisco CA

This dish was really tasty! The shrimp were well prepared and the tomato sauce was delicious. I was glad that they gave us more bread because the two dinky pieces was definitely not enough to sop up the yummy sauce. Noms!

Bird house graffiti mural
Bird house graffiti mural, Mission.

Ceviche trio – Fresca

Ceviche trio - Fresca
Ceviche Mixto: catch of the day, calamari, shrimp, scallops, cilantro, onion, rocoto, lime juice.
Ceviche de Coco: ahi tuna, lime, coconut juice, rocoto, scallions, cashews, jicama, fresno chile.
Ceviche Pasion: salmon, passion fruit, red onion, yellow pepper, cilantro, purple corn.
Served with Peruvian bar snacks. $16
Fresca, San Francisco CA

I love getting the trio (or quarto) at Fresca because you get to try a variety of their ceviches and the price is great. This time around, I really liked the mixto. It’s the most traditional one, but I really just liked the flavors. I was surprised by the ceviche passion with it’s passion fruit dressing. It tasted pretty good!

Plantain chips - Fresca
Plantain chips. $5
I think it’s kinda lame that you have to pay for plantain chips. They should just give you less and make it complimentary.

Dragon roll – Wasabi Bistro

Dragon roll - Wasabi Bistro
Shrimp tempura roll topped with unagi, avocado, tobiko. $14
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Dragon rolls served at most Japanese restaurants tend to be similar and they’re all pretty good. I mean it has fried things and salty things and plenty of different textures! It’s really a no-brainer as a crowd pleaser. This was a yummy version and a great size.

Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr
Skygate sculpture by Roger Barr, near Pier 39.

Curry tonkatsu – Wasabi Bistro

Curry tonkatsu - Wasabi Bistro
Fried pork cutlet with curry, vegetables and rice. With additional tempura side. $12
Wasabi Bistro, San Francisco CA

Japanese curries can be really rich and heavy, but this dish was nice and balanced. I liked the addition of the vegetables to help neutralize the richness of the curry sauce and fried pork. And you can’t say no to pickled daikons!

Tempura - Wasabi Bistro
Fried shrimp and assorted vegetables.

Sutro Tower
Sutro Tower as the fog rolls in, Castro.