seafood

Hog Island Oyster Co.

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.

Hog Island Oyster Co. // San Francisco Ferry Bldg #11A, San Francisco

NYC eat & drink

Fresh East Coast oysters, a lobster roll in Williamsburg, artisan chocolate, bagels, saison on a rooftop — just a few of the things I devoured on a recent trip to New York City.

When in Napa: Oxbow Public Market

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The Oxbow Market in Napa is kind of heaven on earth. It’s like the Ferry Building in San Francisco (and is designed by the same architecture firm) – an indoor artisan market with a huge range of mini restaurants and local shops. I made two marinade and spice purchases, could have gone crazy at the Napa Valley Distillery and tried some tasty tacos from C Casa. All in all, and excellent pit stop if you find yourself in wine country.

Oxbow Public Market // 610 & 644 1st St., Napa

Feature :: Fish.

IMG_6629Welcome to Fish. in Sausalito, where the fish is fresh (and uber sustainable!), a tad overpriced but pretty tasty. Sausalito is a really cute day-trip place, and Fish is a bit off the beaten downtown path. Beautiful views of the harbor and a great respite from busy San Francisco waterfront restaurants. The clam chowder and BBQ oysters were great; the standard fish tacos pretty sub-standard and very tiny for the price. I wish I had ordered what looked like very tasty fish and chips (and how can you really ruin that?). But you really can’t go wrong with beer in a mason jar, so I was sold. Plus, their online menu is a pseudo newspaper (The Fish Times: “All the Fish That’s Fit to Eat”). Amazing.

Fish. // 350 Harbor Drive, Sausalito

Feature :: The Fish Lady

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Welcome to The Fish Lady of Soquel, where you can find all-things fresh fish, meat, wine, beer, seasonings, etc. They also smoke their own fish — or yours for $3/lb. On Friday nights, it turns into a wine bar/BBQ spot, which sounds divine. Picked up some delicious ahi over the weekend to make ahi poke (see below).

The Fish Lady // 2510 S. Main St., Soquel

Feature :: Kabuto

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I hesitate to even write this feature and put it out into the blogosphere, because I feel like Kabuto is still somewhat of a well-kept secret in the city…but I guess my uncontrollable urge to share everything I eat has overcome that.

I haven’t eaten at a ton of sushi places in San Francisco, but I honestly think Kabuto is one of, if not the best place. The fish is always fresh, the flavor combinations crazy and innovative and surprising and delicious and I have never found them at any other sushi restaurant. Hamachi with a slice of pear, a mini dollop of house curry sauce and a cranberry you say? Oh, kobe beef nigiri with raspberry-infused sauce topped with half a raspberry? They do not mess around at Kabuto.

It’s strange, because such combinations are obviously an American sushi trend, but Kabuto is much more of a traditional spot than places like Umami or the typical deep-fried-everything-slathered-in-spicy-mayo-crazy rolls that people think is good sushi. I think Kabuto is excellent because it remains true to sushi’s simple roots and still focuses on fish, but adds a little extra flair to make it into their own. You also know they’re serious sushi people when pretty much the server’s only words to you are strict instructions: “No soy sauce on this one.”

PS: They take no reservations, and there are literally six or so small tables plus a sushi bar, so the place fills up quick.

PPS: I didn’t do a touch of editing on any of the food photos. That good.

Feature :: loló

Last night I went to dinner at loló, a Mexican-fusion small plates type place in the Mission in San Francisco. Holy noms. Thank god I was with three friends, so we had every excuse to try a bunch of stuff between the four of us. Almost everything on the menu looked amazing, and it’s a pretty big menu to boot, so we really had to buckle down. We ordered the three things below, plus two other items that weren’t too spectacular so I didn’t include pictures (Squash Blossom Quesadillas and Pistachio Encrusted Seared Salmon). Wouldn’t recommend ordering those two dishes. But let’s not dwell on that because I’m salivating just thinking about everything else I ate.

First up: the restaurant itself is forking adorable. Fun, quirky decor. See the bar above.

Drinks on drinks. If only I hadn’t been driving and I would have tried a lot more than just red wine, but it was tasty. Maybe next time I’ll dabble in their agave bar…

Our first plate arrives, “Tuna Tacon,” Seared albacore tuna, shellfish aioli, avocado & roasted tomatillo sauce on the side. The fact that this came first was both a blessing and curse, because it turned out to be my favorite plate out of the entire meal. So I was wowed at first bite and simultaneously, the bar was set incredibly high. The tuna and tortillas were delicious, but the sauces really did me in. Plus, it was the perfect proportion and interaction of flavors – you somehow tasted everything individually and together all at once and everything went perfectly together. Don’t ask me how it makes sense. It doesn’t.  Seriously the best taco I’ve ever had.


This bad boy came in a close second. It was a special – soft shell crab tacos with I don’t remember what magic sauce and toppings. I’m a crab friend so that really hit the spot for me. Again, those flour tortillas – I’m not really a fan normally, but loló’s are amazeballs.

Can you say sliders? Or more specifically, lamb sliders on a brioche bun with porcini mushroom sauce and a good old fashioned jalapeño stuck in the middle? Redunk. A bit rich for my taste, but still delicious. Shoestring fries at the other end weren’t that great but I really didn’t need them anyway, all things considered.

And…our check came in the cutest mini boot ever. Plus, the damage wasn’t even that bad given the amount of food we ordered. Service was wonderful, staff quick and friendly as well. All in all a great experience that I can’t wait to repeat.