July 5, 2009

My Favorites Around the City – San Francisco Part Three

For me summer is a time to go out and enjoy the city parks and cafes and stroll the sidewalks. While the first day of summer arrived a few weeks ago, summer weather made its debut in San Francisco this past weekend. So, I thought it was a good time to share more of my favorite places in this city.

One of the great, albeit slightly touristy, neighborhoods to walk around in the summer is the Italian district of North Beach. Tucked away, around the corner from the pastry shops selling cappuccinos, pizza, and cannoli is a small restaurant called Il Luna Basque. The bustling cafe has a warm atmosphere and tasty tapas. They serve many classic tapas dishes – cheese and ham plates, Spanish tortillas, and other tasty things. At my last visit I tried the brie and pears cooked in wine. The sweet pears, goooy brie, crunchy walnuts were fantastic! It's a great dish to eat with bread on a chilly evening!

A mile or two away from North Beach is an enclave of cafes and restaurants on Polk Street. Right north of the oft seedy Tenderloin district this is not a place tourists might happen upon by chance, but there are lots of excellent places where locals eat, relax, and enjoy time with family or friends.

One of my favorite restaurants on Polk Street is Mykonos, a small, family run Greek cafe serving simple, fresh food. The atmosphere is warm and homey with red checkered table clothes and friendly staff. They serve good hummus, falafel, salad, dolmas, and wine.

A few blocks down the street is Amelie. A fairly recent addition to the neighborhood, Amelie is cute and cozy cafe serving excellent French food and wine. The wine list is extensive and very reasonably priced. The food menu is a little more simple, but does have a good variety of cheeses. The atmosphere is relaxed and cool. It's a great place to enjoy a glass of wine, snack on some cheese, watch people, and relax with family or friends!


beth said...

Being a wine lover. I really enjoyed going through your blog. Keep it up the good work. Cheers :)

Jessica said...

Thanks! :-)

- Jessica

Bethany said...

Jessie- the pictures are always amazing. They really add sensory depth to your posts. I can almost smell the flavors! Well done.