Don’t miss the recently revamped Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Ferry Building. You might have to wait outside in a short line, even on Wednesday evening, but it’s worth your time (plus, you can stare at the gorgeous Bay view behind you if you’re really grumpy about waiting).
Exquisite oysters, excellent drinks (I loved the Marshall Mule), salads, ceviche, mussels — oh, and grilled cheese, because why not. Sitting outside on a nice night is beautiful but the inside is great too — it was expanded and remodeled earlier this year.
Yesterday, I made my first trip to San Francisco’s famous Ferry Building Farmers Market. The Ferry Building itself on any given day is awesome and filled with tasty treats, but the Saturday farmers market just multiplies that by a thousand. From fresh produce to artisan food to juices and stand versions of some great SF restaurants, you can’t go wrong at this place. I got a delicious ahi poke from a fish stand to snack on (see below, would have gone great with chips from a Mexican food stand), and unfortunately a somewhat sub-par Korean taco from Namu, but I can’t wait to go back next week and try more.
So. Gott’s has been at the top of my to-eat list for about a week since I A) Found out that they have epic burgers, especially an ahi tuna burger, and are going to open a new location in Palo Alto about five minutes from my house; and B) There’s already an outpost in San Francisco at the Ferry Building. I was planning on going to the Ferry Building location ASAP, and then all of a sudden the stars aligned and this Napa trip fell into my lap. The original Gott’s is in Napa, as well as a second location that was on the way to Sterling Vineyards, so guess where we stopped for lunch?
I ordered the ahi tuna burger, which comes with ginger wasabi mayo & Asian slaw and is served on a toasted egg bun. It was SO good. The tuna was huge and juicy and delicious, the mayo had a subtle kick of wasabi, the slaw a little extra goodness and the bun just perfection. I’m salivating just thinking about it. We also ordered garlic fries, which I don’t normally like but were amazing. They reminded me a lot of In N Out fries but with excellent garlic seasoning. My boyfriend got the western bacon blue ring burger — topped with an onion ring, blue cheese, bacon, pickles, red onion & BBQ sauce and on same toasty egg bun — sounds like way too much, and I hate blue cheese, but somehow the combination of flavors just worked. Not too overwhelming and very tasty. (But he said my ahi tuna was better.) Definitely not fast food prices (our whole meal was about 30 bucks) but fast service in a wonderful setting. If you live in Napa or San Francisco and haven’t been yet, I strongly urge you to get your Gott’s on as soon as possible.