On my last morning in San Francisco this winter, I went to the Green Chile Kitchen. I want to live next door to this place. Seriously. The service was fast and friendly, the restaurant itself is open and bright, and the food is incredible. I ordered their big ol’ breakfast burrito with the spicy green sauce (it was half off because of some promotion they were running!), and as soon as I was finished I wished I was still eating. It was just so good! One was more than enough, though, and the Watermelon Agua Fresca I ordered was a refreshing and light complement to the substantial burrito. I didn’t think we’d find a Sunday breakfast (and on New Year’s Day at around 10:30am) that was served up with such a small price tag and such a short wait. I know San Francisco has a ton of great food options, but this one’s pretty high up there on the list if you ask me.
I don’t even know where to begin with San Francisco’s Fly Bar & Restaurant. I went to their Sutter location with a small group of friends, and it was a good experience. First off, the restaurant is really cute — they have some really interesting mirror and bottle cap wall-art, they have some great exposed brick walls, and their menu is really creative. We ordered the Hummus & Tapenade plate (pictured at bottom) to start, and our server was more than willing to bring us extra pita bread at no extra charge when we ran out. For my entree, I ordered the Southwestern Pizza (pictured above) which comes topped with black beans, corn, roasted red peppers, onions, pepperjack cheese, and cilantro. It was surprisingly light, even with all of those toppings, and the flavoring was really nice. Finally, for dessert I just couldn’t resist the homemake chocolate chip cookies (served warm) and glass of milk (pictured here). Overall, it was a delicious meal with friendly service and a nice atmosphere.
These cheese enchiladas poblanas, served up in a rich mole poblano sauce, made my day. No, they made my trip to California a few months ago. I stayed with a friend in Nob Hill, and we went to this wonderful place called Parilla (“Casual Latin Dining” is their subtitle). Its high ceilings and friendly waitstaff, coupled with the delicious food, made this one of my stomach’s happiest encounters in months. I’m only a little embarrassed to admit that my plate was empty in under five minutes. If you’re ever in the area, swing by Parilla and grab a quick bite of Latin goodness to warm your belly and your food-loving soul!