May 10, 2009

My Favorites Around the City – San Francisco Part Two

One of my favorite brunch spots in San Francisco is Towns End Restaurant & Bakery. This is a bright and homey restaurant that serves excellent food made from local and organic ingredients. The meal begins with a basket of fresh-baked muffins and scones – warm and fragrant. My favorite dish is the oatmeal pancakes – filled with oats, apples, and almonds with maple syrup – delicious! And a relaxing, cozy place to spend a weekend morning!

Another restaurant I like to go for weekend brunch or dinner any time is Suppenküche, a German Restaurant in Hayes Valley. At this friendly corner restaurant guests sit at communal tables and enjoy excellent traditional German fare and beverages. The atmosphere is a bit bosterous at, but always comfy and warm. For brunch my favorite is the Kaiserschmarrn mit Afel und Pflaumenmus (emperor's pancake with brandied raisins and apple and plum compote). At dinner time they serve excellent Spätzle, salads, and other German specialities! To accompany the entrees, they serve wonderful whole grain sourdough bread and herb butter. In addition, they have an extensive list of German beers and some good wines.

As I have said, previously, pizza is one of my all time favorite foods! There are several restaurants and cafes in San Francisco that serve excellent pies.

Recently Jonathan and I tried a Gialina, a neighborhood restaurant in Glen Park that serves thin-crust Neapolitan-style pizzas. I had seen a review on Check Please! Bay Area claiming it serves the best pizza in the city and was exciting to see!

The day we went was cold and foggy – as we arrived at the restaurant the cold mist was swirling everywhere. After waiting for a substantial amount of time (mostly at the local bookstore or in our car), we sat down at a table in the small cafe. We started our dinner with wine and salad – with pork belly (for Jonathan), then shared a margarita pizza. The salad and wine were excellent, as was the pork (according to Jonathan). The pizza had thin, crispy crust, a simple tomato sauce, grated mozzarella cheese, and fresh basil. It was simple and quite delicious! For dessert we tried the chocolate hazelnut dessert pizza. This is a very hearty dessert – definitely big enough to share with few people – but warm, chocolaty, and wonderful!

So, do I think that Gialina makes the best pizza in San Francisco? Not quite. It's very, very good – but Delfina still ranks as my favorite pizza in San Francisco! However, I have yet to try the new Flour + Water – perhaps that will cause my allegiance to change!

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