We’re back in the big city.
What should have been us dropping our rental car off at Enterprise at Fisherman’s Wharf turned into a lovely afternoon outing to the airport and back. Uggg. What a waste of time, gas and energy! We felt rather blah by the time we took the BART all the way back to our hotel. But at least we were able to drop off our luggage rather than lug it around.
The evening had just set in and Matt had one more brewery stop on his visit to California:
Thirsty Bear, an all-organic brewery right in the midst of downtown.
The ambiance of this brew-
pub-restaurant was so nice and upscale. And the menu looked fabulous as well! We would have stayed if we hadn’t had other plans already in mind.
I had had enough bubbly beer on this trip, but I did take a tiny sip of each one for the experience. They were all REALLY good – especially the one brewed with Maker’s Mark!!! And I also really, really liked the Howard Street IPA, which was like none other I have ever had.
My drink of choice? A hot water!! I left my coat in my suitcase and it was getting chilly!
After our drinks, we headed out to locate our targeted restaurant…
The Slanted Door!! I’ve been hearing about how famous it is for years, and yet I’ve never been in the mood to go. Tonight it seemed like a perfect match.
And we were given a table on the patio with an impeccable view of the Bay Bridge! (The restaurant was already filled at 6PM on a Wednesday).
We decided we were required to eat very adventuresomely tonight. Nothing could be boring.
mesquite grilled whole local sardines with chive oil and soy
First up: SARDINES!! I must say, you know how much I love sardines. But these were massive in side and had lots of bones!! The bones were crunchy yet edible, but I still didn’t love them. When I eat sardines in a can the bones are NOT crunchy. They are mushy and you can’t taste or feel them. So these were not my favorite, but I did eat some of the filets on each.
crispy vegetarian imperial rolls with taro root, cabbage, glass noodles and peanuts
These crispy rolls were fabulous – especially the dipping sauce and peanut crumbles!! I also thought the portion size was great and the rice noodles yummy.
We were told to dip…
Course #2 was equally as unique:
grilled pork sausage stuffed monterey squid with cilantro, basil, chili and lime
WOW. I was in LOVE with this interesting combination. Who thought this up!? The pork sausage (sausage is my food of the month, by the way. It’s everywhere here and I have enjoyed every variety I’ve tried.) was so very flavorful and to put it in a squid was beyond me. But it worked. And the herby chili lime topping was out of this world.
hodo soy beanery yuba with glass noodles, parsnips, and pioppini mushrooms
What the heck is yuba? I pretty much will eat anything but onions and organ meats (although I have tried organ meats before..) but since this was on the vegetarian menu we didn’t bother to ask. Turns out it is TOFU SKIN. How strange! But it was chewy and slightly sweet and we LOVED it with the glass noodles!!
Such a fun, memorable meal!!!
Our walk from the Ferry Building to our hotel was about 2 miles and it was COLD. I decided a decaf coffee would be awesome to warm up while I walked and for a palate cleansing dessert. I decided right 🙂
2 miles later, we’re calling it an early night…night!