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.
Lots of blog hubbub about this new market, which opened on Nov. 5 on Harrison and 23rd in the Mission, made me want to stop in right away. They take local to the next level with an open kitchen inside the market where a ton of their food stuffs are made. (Apparently chef-partner Jake Des Voignes spent 12 hours straight butchering meat the weekend before opening, according to InsideScoop.) Yogurt, sausage, pear butter, smoked salmon – you name it. Really tasty looking stuff, REALLY expensive – but you are paying for quality (and that in-house labor!). They also carry lots of San Francisco favorites – Humphrey Slocombe ice cream, De Laz Paz and Four Barrel coffee, TCHO chocolate and the like.
The market isn’t quite full yet, with some empty shelves, but I think it’ll be great when it’s been up and running for a few weeks or so. I’d love to see some really unique beer/wine finds. I splurged on some tasty dried figs, walnut-thyme vinaigrette (made in-house), a Local Mission Market tea mixture and some fruit.
Stumbled upon the San Pedro Square Market in downtown San Jose last night and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It’s the same model as the Ferry Building in San Francisco: indoor market with multiple food and drink vendors, places to sit and hang out. But San Pedro Square is like the Ferry Building on crack. There’s not one, but two huge warehouse-like areas full of delicious eats and drinks, from tacos to pizza to falafel to sushi to oysters to cheese to hot dogs to ice cream …you get the idea. If you’re ever in San Jose, I highly recommend checking it out.
San Pedro Square Market // 87 N. San Pedro St., San Jose
A few months ago, I ate at Nopalito and was pretty psyched to spend our short wait for table wandering around next door at Falletti Foods. It’s one of those amazing gourmet grocery stores where everything in sight looks special, different and delicious. Though it’s pretty expensive, it’s great for special meat, fish, prepared foods, sauces, etc. I snagged some amazing King Salmon, garlic basil sausage (homemade), Garden Creamery sorbet and some other essentials. They have so much good stuff and are obviously a San Francisco establishment, with many of their products from local places (salsas from Papalote, Emmy’s Pickles and Jams, SF-made barbecue sauces…it’s all tempting as hell and WILL break the bank. But it’s worth a trip, even if all you do is take a bunch of pictures and blog about it.
A little bit later than I would have liked, but check out some photos of the new Bi-Rite on Divisadero in Nopa. I headed over there today to check it out and snagged some goodies to eat/picnic around the corner at Alamo Square. It’s a larger space than the Mission location – you’re not bumping shoulders with hungry hipsters at every turn – but not too big that it loses that neighborhood/small gourmet market feel. Besides that, it’s pretty much the same old Bi-Rite, just exciting and new. Same long-ass line for the ice cream. Same deliciousness.