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It’s nice to head over to B Restaurant at Yerba Buena Gardens on a warm late afternoon early evening and have a pitcher of Sangria. Sometimes it tastes better than other times. I’ve had good ones and some really bitter ones but still the ambiance is nice but only on a warm day. On cold days skip the sangria and have a glass of hearty red wine. But it’s nice most of the time when the sangria tastes good. The sangria is part of their happy hour menu it’s quite a nice deal about 9 bucks for a pitcher and it gives you 2 1/2 glasses. So it’s a nice value.
Recently I went to Home Restaurant at 2100 Market Street just before the Castro and had a pretty good dinner. We split the roasted local asparagus, Parma prosciutto, herb aioli and organic poached egg together. We thought the asparagus dish was quite yummy. Pictures below before and after the egg was broken into.
For some reason I tend to love a warm salad with a poached egg on top and seem to be ordering it more often. One of my favorite salads is the warm escarole salad with bacon bits and poached egg on top at Fringale. I love this very much the bitter green of the escarole goes very well together with the warm bacon bits and the poached egg. Yum! I also order this same salad at Jeanty At Jacks or Bistro Jeanty when I’m up in Yountville.
For dinner at Home Restaurant I had the burger in the photo below. By the time I got t to the burger I was already pretty full so I ate 1/3 of it and took the rest home for lunch the next day.
I have to say I still like going to Home Restaurant after all of these years. The food is pretty good and consistent. Their salads are great and my friend always raves about the pot roast which I have tried and it definitely is good too.
Recently I discovered the Carnelian Room for the first time and I’m so damn impressed by the view that I’ve already gone back a couple of times. Isn’t that crazy? I absolutely love it actually. It’s some of the best views you can get anywhere in the beautiful city of San Francisco. Trust me I’ve been to all and this is pretty damn amazing.
Ok the decor is a bit tired – you can’t help that it’s a classic place that’s been around for quite some time now but you can’t go wrong with the view. The View Lounge is open daily from 3pm Monday through Sunday. After work cocktails sounds good especially to catch some nice sunsets.
The Carnelian Room also offers fine dining! According to their website their menus start from $34 per person for lunch and $61 per person for dinner. There are several rooms you can dine in according to their website. The rooms are:
The Main Dining Room: Views of Bay Bridge, Treasure Island, Alcatraz, and the East Bay hills
The Bay Room: Views of the Bay Bridge, East Bay, ATT Park and San Jose
The Wine Room: Views of Bay Bridge, the East Bay and Financial District
There are several other rooms all available for private parties. Sounds like business can reserve those rooms for a great Christmas party or other similar event.
I totally recommend visiting the Carnelian Room at least once. It’s awesome and the servers are great. Cocktails are yummy – not too overpriced either. Man where the hell have I been that I have not gone to the Carnelian Room? I’ve lived in San Francisco for over 15 years and have missed.
So I know I’ll be a frequent visitor now!
Check out their website for more info about them!
Directions to 555 California Street:
Well I’m a fan of Cafe Claude again. Damn our dinner was so good.
Unfortunately it was at the end of a wine tasting day so I did not have any wine or drinks with dinner but everything we ordered to eat was awesome. Started out with the Chevre Salad. I’ve had Chevre Salad many times but there was this herb that they had used that was totally new in the salad so I really enjoyed it. I think it could have been oregano or something along that line. Very tasty.
For my main course I ordered the Porc Loin which was lovely. I always order pork dishes and this turned out to be one of the best pork dishes I’ve had for quite a long time. There were apples in a sweetish, creamy yummy sauce. Was perfect!
Along with our dinner we ordered the Gratin Dauphinois and we really enjoyed that dish as well. The gruyere cheese was nicely melted all over the potatoes. Excellent!
I will have to keep going back to Cafe Claude as it’s pretty darn good! Why did I stop going there? Because we usually just skip past it and head right over to Belden Place but we’ll just stop at Claude Lane.
Here are a couple of flashback photos I had shot back in 2001. It was a restaurant I believe and it was right on Belden Place. One of my favorite places in San Francisco. That little street totally reminds me of a little street in France somewhere. I had never been to Occidental Grill but I loved the sign as I’m a fanatic of old signs and I shoot as many pics of them as I can. Unfortunately this place is currently closed and it’s become a Cigar Club around the corner. It is now the Occidental Cigar Club.
It’s at 471 Pine Street (map below) which is right around the corner from Belden Place. Since it’s owner operated they allow smoking there. So for all you smokers this could be a fun place to check out! You can have your smokes and cocktails together. I think one of the only places in San Francisco that you can do this.