The Ferry Building-San Francisco

the original tower built in 1892

So much food.  Honestly.  It was maybe even too much food.  Our apartment was very close to the Ferry Building and this was a great thing and a terrible thing depending on your perspective.  We ate there ALL the time, and while so much of its fare was very reasonably priced, when you’re there every day, it becomes silly.  BUT everything in there is SO good…let’s start with a little history first.

a pretty concoction at the Slanted Door

The Ferry Building was built to accommodate the passengers coming across the bay before the Golden Gate Bridge was ever built.  We’re talking 1892.  When people could start to travel more by car, the building suffered and became less than fancy.  After an earthquake caused considerable damage in 1989, the city decided to renovate  and only reopened it in 2003.  It still serves as the port people use to get on and off ferries to come into the city, but now it’s also full of delicious treats.

We did most of our weekly grocery shopping at their farm to table market with everything you need to make fresh, delicious salads.

We met a friend for breakfast one morning at Boulette’s Larder which is really an experience.  Any place that offers a savory, stir-fried rice dish with lamb sausage for breakfast and has a giant dog with dreadlocks sleeping under the table is for me.  It’s for you too, I promise.

The McEvoy Ranch olive oil outpost has delicious olive oil from their ranch just about an hour away.  The ranch itself holds events and tours and I only wish we would have had the chance to visit.  You start to notice their name pop up here and there around town (they have their own ice cream flavor at Humphry Slocombe).  We picked up a lavender scented, olive oil body balm that was promised to heal all wounds including those in your soul.

Other random treats I just grabbed there on the fly were fresh empanadas from El Porteno, vegan doughnuts from Pepples and books for G in the book shop, Book Passage.  We ate turkey burgers (staff favorites) and sweet potato fries at Gotts, we picked up a daily loaf of bread at Acme and ate prosciutto from Boccalone, whose tagline is Tasty Salted Pig Parts.  We picked up burrata, which is a type of mozzarella that makes me want to cry, from the Cowgirl Creamery, iced New Orleans style coffee from Blue Bottle, and gelato from Ciao Bella.

But the piece de resistance was the Slanted Door.  I won’t lie, it’s pricey.  And there can be a 30-45 days in advance reservation situation for dinner.  We did the same thing we did at Delfina and hit the restaurant well before the first sign of the gloaming.   If you do go, you should really get just one thing…the Shaking Beef…it’s worth it.  You won’t find anything like it anywhere else.  That kind of Vietnamese/California fusion is hard to replicate.  The dish has a spicy lime thing happening that is so good I could hardly stand it.  And then we had spiced orange cotton candy for dessert, because how could we not have that?  You can see us hiding behind it below.


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