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18 Hours in San Francisco

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A little airport snafu severely delayed Abe’s work trip to San Francisco last weekend.  So I found myself picking him up at Burbank, and hitting the road north!

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People gave wonderful food suggestions on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (I compiled a list at the bottom of this post).  We wound up arriving a little too late, a little too tired to deal with a parking/lines/reservations, so I yelped the nearest vegetarian-friendly place en route to the city and found Hummus Mediterranean Kitchen in San Mateo.

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We were both very happy with our food – Abe got a falafel burger with fries…

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…I ordered a half portion of their Greek Salad, with grilled chicken on top.
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We got an amazing last-minute hotel deal (unfortunately, the parking was half the price of the room).  The next morning, while Abe did his BuzzFeed shoot, I wandered around my overpriced area with Goh and H.P. – we stumbled upon Lori’s Diner

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…and caught up over eggs.  I got an egg white omelet, with spinach/tomatoes.  Fruit instead of potatoes.  Strawberry jelly on my toast.

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DSCN8022Two hours later, I wasn’t hungry, but Abe had just wrapped and was starving.  So we stopped by Taqueria Cancun in the Mission for a burrito…
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…which, of course, I could not resist several bites of.  Supremely delicious.

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Loved the chips n salsa!!!

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And then we were back in the car, back to LA.

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Next time I’m in town, I’ll have this list ready to go – thanks everyone for the suggestions!

  • 54 Mint
  • Art’s Cafe
  • Bi-Rite Creamery
  • Crabhouse
  • El Farolito
  • Fraiche
  • Halu
  • Hard Knox
  • HRD Coffeeshop
  • Mama’s
  • Miette
  • Mint Leaf
  • Mr. Holmes Bakeshop
  • Outerlands
  • Pearls on Post
  • Piccino
  • PPQ
  • Red Chili Restaurant
  • Rosie’s Cafe
  • SPQR
  • Starbelly
  • State Bird
  • Tartine
  • Wayfare Tavern
  • Millenium
  • Yoshi’s
  • Zero Zero

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Spoonfed at Son of a Gun

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You know those little spoons that appear at the bottom of my restaurant recaps?  I’ve done that almost 600 times, which is probably why Urbanspoon asked me and a few other users to lunch at Son of the Gun.

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Already eaten here before but this time I got a chance to chat with their CEO Keela Robison, while munching on Chips with Pimento Cheese…

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…a little Poke with Crispy Sunchoke…

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…and this gorgeous salad with Tomato, Kalamata, Feta, Beets, and Purslane.

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Most of the other Urbanspoon Users opted for their famous fried chicken sandwich.

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Also on the table – a mini Shrimp Toast…

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…a small bowl of Linguini, Clams, Uni Aglio-Olio…
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…and a huge supply of Fish n Chips.

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Grain Lab

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In my experience, there’s two types of Burbanks – the retro/funky kind with restaurants like The Tallyrand and fun thrift shopping, and the massive strip malls that feel like Anytown, USA.  I visited the latter, and was surprised to find this gem amongst the giant chain stores.

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Grain Lab Deli/Kitchen has been open for 2 years – when they invited me in for lunch even Rachelle (the Queen of Ventura Boulevard eateries) had never heard of it.

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We glanced at the periodic table-inspired menu, then took a seat…

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…sipped on fresh lemonade and soda…

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…and enjoyed a few lunch options.

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In addition to The Queen, her little Princess came to help, as well as Anna.

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My favorite were the sandwiches – this was a Turkey Pretzel Sandwich, with gruyere and cheddar cheese…

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…and a Chicken Pesto with Avocado and Oven-Roasted Tomato.

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We were also impressed with the bowls – Seared Ahi Tuna with Brown Rice/Veggies…

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…and a Steak Protein Bowl mixed with grilled eggplant/zucchini/carrots/squash.

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On the side – killer sweet potato fries with avocado pesto…

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…and Beets with Yams – tossed with goat cheese, cucumber, candied walnuts, and lemon vinaigrette.

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They’ve got green salads as well – this is the Kale Citrus Salad…

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…and a Cindy’s Special – sans feta and added chicken – taken to go!

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Next time you’re doing some marathon mall shopping, stop by – it really is yummy!

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