We recently went to San Francisco to visit my daughter. It was an occasion to try a number of places to eat. I recommend all of those below and would return to any of them. Although we will likely continue to try new places on future visits, as she will now be there for at least five more years. I will start with my daughter’s neighborhood, the Cole Valley, above Golden Gate Park.
Zazie is a French bistro with and fine garden for eating in the back. It is a repeat from my last visit in October. As City search says, “Breezy Cole Valley bistro serves French-Cal cuisine to deal-seeking locals… A quaint Parisian vibe prevails--from street-side tables flanking the entrance to a mint-and-white tiled floor inside and framed French posters lining the dining room's brick wall. Beyond a semi-exposed kitchen awaits a two-tiered patio surrounded by flowers and foliage.” I agree. It is located at 941 Cole Street 415-564-5332.
Boulange de Cole Valley is one of the better bakeries I have visited. We have some good ones in Boston but I have to admit that this is better. It has become a regular breakfast stop when in the area. This time we bought an art work hanging there. The owner is from Maine and his family has run a bakery in the Portland area for several generations. It is located at 1000 Cole St (Cross Street: Parnassus Avenue) San Francisco, (415) 242- 2442
Reverie was a new find for breakfast with excellent frittas (with potatoes and bacon) and brioche. There is a garden in the back with flowers and a waterfall. It is located at 848 Cole Street 415-665-5020.
Firefly is a fine neighborhood place in the Noe Valley, only a little ways over from the Cole Valley. It has regional food nicely done with a friendly staff. A number of comfort food items are on the menu like excellent fried chicken and biscuits (we tried it). There is a no sign outside, just a large metal fire fly. Located at 4288 24th Street 415-821-7652
Greens is one of the original gourmet vegetarian restaurants. I have had their first cookbook for some time and they now have several. Fresh local produce is the starting point. Even non-vegetarians like myself will like it. My first visit to the actual place did not disappoint. It is on the waterfront at Building A, Fort Mason Center Restaurant: 415-771-6222 Greens to Go: 415-771-6330
Tomorrow I will cover our meals outside the city.