I’ll start by saying it had been a long day– I had just flown in from the east coast, spent the day working at the office, and was exhausted by the time 6PM rolled around (which was really 9PM to my body). I couldn’t have been more pleased to walk into Park Tavern and see the comfortable atmosphere. The bar was bustling and had a lot of seating, and we were taken to our great table which was a booth that was nestled in the corner right by the open kitchen. Immediately I was smitten. The menu quickly followed and there was essentially nothing on there that I didn’t want to try. We started with the brussels sprouts “chips” which were essentially fried brussels leaves that had an amazing crunch and were topped with salt and a touch of lemon. It was a great start to one of the better meals I have had in a long time. Next came the heirloom tomato and burrata tart which had a delicious flaky crust and was topped with fresh ingredients such as caramelized onions and market greens. However, the real standout of the meal was my main course which was the herb crusted sole with heirloom squash, pea tendrils, mint, proscuitto, and a white wine velouté. It was divine.
Park Tavern also serves noteworthy desserts, and I’ve heard the brunch is a must. I can’t wait to go back. Park Tavern is located at 1652 Stockton Street, San Francisco, CA 94133. On Twitter: @ParkTavernSF.
On Tuesday night in San Francisco I took a cab over to the marina area to dine with a friend at A16. I was looking for something casual that did not compromise on quality, and this was a great choice. Don’t be fooled by the small exterior entrance, I was shocked to see how far back A16 went, and there was a great outdoor patio all the way in the back. For a late dinner on a Tuesday night the place was loud and packed, and had a great energy. We ordered a bunch of plates including a pizza with mushrooms and dandelion greens, a pasta with a homemade ragu and ricotta salata, the braised octopus, and a lovely seasonal squash salad.
We enjoyed some wine, and ended the evening with a chocolate budino tart which had chunks of sea salt on top and definitely hit the spot. A16 is located at 2355 Chestnut Street, San Francisco, CA 94123. On Twitter: @A16SF.
I hope to head back to San Francisco later this fall and cross a few more great spots off my never-ending list!