By the time I got to the Red Door Cafe on 1608 Bush Street, I was starving. It didn’t help that there were 3 couples before me who were still waiting for their tables. It’s a quirky little cafe run by Ahmed, who’s charming and friendly. Service was swift and personable with a great breakfast selection. Well, it was rated at #1 spot on Yelp.com, so I guess that speaks a lot about the cafe. And in fact, they had just re-opened yesterday after a week’s break and the crowd was already back!
I was told later that the wait can be 2-3 hours long on weekends but like Ahmed, I don’t think I would have the patience to queue on the streets for my weekend brunch. My friends were quite surprised to hear that I waited over 30 minutes to be seated yesterday morning 🙂
Red Door Cafe’s French Toast Josephine, one of their house specialties, is delish. Drizzle the maple syrup served on the side on top of the icing-sugar-powdered toasts, strawberries & caramelized bananas, and you’ll be guaranteed a sweet start for the day. The girls who were seated on the table adjacent to mine couldn’t resist asking me about the french toast after I polished everything down in a jiffy. I smiled and said, “need I say more?” 😛
Perfectly executed hard boiled eggs on baguette with habanero chutney, chives watercrest & farm cheese and an excellent cup of cappuccino at farm:table to start my second day in San Francisco. It was a little chilly to sit on the sidewalk but it felt so good to read the new york times and sip my warm latte while the world passed me by.
My first day in San Francisco was exactly the way I imagined it to be – a platter of mixed oysters and a glass a NAPA sauvignon blanc for lunch, followed by a leisurely walk on the embarcadero with some dark chocolate tasting at TCHO. It was good to feel the chilly breeze at the pier again. It’s been five years since I was last here. Fisherman’s Wharf is still pretty much the way I remembered it and the stall where JT and I bought our seafood lunch (which we devoured at Coit Tower) was still there!
The walk up the slopes on Hyde thereafter was a little strenuous on my calves but it offered excellent views of the bay and the geographical topology of the city. I decided to return to Hyde in the evening for a late dinner with some friends at Luella but as fate would have it, the evening rain and the difficulty in finding a parking lot brought us to 1550 Hyde Cafe & Wine Bar, which was a pleasant surprise. The food was excellent – the braised pork ribs and the grass fed brisket were really scrumptious. We got a bottle of Pernand Vergelesses from Domaine Pavelot which went pretty well with the entree with its alluring cherry/ redberries aromas and an underlying earthy tones. The wine list is well put together but if you would like to bring your own, corkage applies. May I add that service here deserves some high praises as well? I was surprised to see a 1979 Bodegas Toro Albala Pedro Ximenez on the menu and I must say it was absolutely a delicious finish for the evening with the lip-smackingly good chocolate pots de creme.