If you go to SF for the first time and you don’t go to Fisherman’s Wharf, are you even a tourist? Well, my family and I continued on our tourism endeavours and joined the swarms of people at some of the classic sites around the wharf, including Ghirardelli Square, Boudin Bakery, and Pier 39.
Boudin Bakery is known for its sourdough bread, so naturally, we got a giant loaf and ate it in an In-N-Out while we waited for our double-double cheeseburger.
Pier 39 is known for the sea lions which hang out there and sunbathe all day long. No food attraction there, just loudly barking and interestingly contorted sea lions rolling around with little regard for their neighbors.
In terms of other food places we hit up outside of Fisherman’s Wharf, we found this cool Taiwanese lunch spot in Oakland called Taiwan Bento. One of many in a restaurant strip clearly meant to feed the employees of the surrounding high rises, it’s a great idea. They sell bento lunch boxes filled with popular Taiwanese specialties, from braised pork and fried pork chop to beef noodle soup and zha jiang mian. The food is quality, they give you a filling serving along with sides, and the bubble tea and soymilk are tasty, which is always a good sign.
It was pretty random that we were out in Oakland, as it’s not much of a tourist spot, but it was a result of my dad noticing this place on Yelp, someone (probably also my dad) craving Taiwanese food, and it happening to be somewhat along the way. It’s probably unlikely that anyone other than us would seek out this place, but on the off chance that you are either passing through Oakland or an employee in this district, check it out.
Later that night for dinner, we dined Mexican food at Papito Hayes. This was a super hip spot (open kitchen, cool decorations, dimly lit, we were eating next to a yuppie couple on a date), and the food was delicious. Massive servings. My sister and I told the waiter we were planning on splitting our fajitas, and he offered us a special combination that wasn’t on the menu: instead of just getting steak fajitas for one, we could get steak and extra chicken fajitas for two. The regular steak fajitas were $20, and the steak and chicken fajitas were just $3 more. At the restaurant, my sister and I each made two heaping fajitas with extra meat leftover, a rare occurrence.
Stay tuned for even more SF food with some Yosemite and Sonoma sprinkled in.
Note: all the photos are unedited.