I Left My Heart In San Francisco

I can’t believe how fast our weekend in San Francisco went! It seems like we just arrived and now we are leaving. :(

We arrived Friday late morning, met Joe & Alicia at the airport, then checked into our hotel, the Marriott in Union Square.

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We knew immediately what we wanted for lunch. Gott’s Roadside.

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Their Texas burger (pepper jack cheese, jalapenos, mayo, salsa)  is one of my favorite burgers on the planet.

After lunch, we shopped for a bit then came back to the hotel to get ready for dinner at Perbacco. The restaurant was jammed pack and lively. We waited a bit for our table and were finally seated.

I was in the mood for a salad and they didn’t have one on their menu, so they created a salad of radicchio, arugula and balsamic vinaigrette.

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It wasn’t good. I guess that’s why they don’t offer salads.

I have to admit that nothing really caught my attention on the menu. I finally decided on the Pappardelle (wide pasta ribbons, slow cooked short rib ragu, grated horseradish):

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It was very rich and pretty good. I love pappardelle noodles. 

Perbacco is known for their house-made gelatos. I chose the Brown Sugar Gelato (gianduja-crunch swirl, brown sugar cookies)

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The gelato was delicious. Overall, I wasn’t a fan of Perbacco. Their dishes were a little too creative for me. :) When we asked the server her recommendations, she informed us that they had many “interesting dishes.” I don’t want interesting. I want good. ;) I enjoyed the atmosphere and the gelato though!

Saturday morning, my husband went across the street and picked up a latte at Starbucks for me. I ate it with a Larabar that I brought with me.

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We realized that we wouldn’t be eating lunch until really late so we ordered breakfast from Lori’s Diner across the street to eat in our room. I had the Denver omelet. It was omelet perfection.

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Then we were off to our next adventure: a helicopter tour of San Francisco!

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Ready for take off!

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All was well until the pilot decided to buzz the Golden Gate Bridge. We flew underneath it and basically did a figure eight coming back over the top. I might have barfed if I hadn’t squeezed me eyes shut.

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The pilot did a couple more crazy maneuvers but after all was said and done, it was an amazing experience to see the city like that!

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We decided to eat lunch at Fisherman’s Warf. We stopped at The Franciscan Crab Restaurant.

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I started my lunch with the clam chowder.

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It was ok. A bit bland. Salt and pepper helped. Next up was the fish and chips.

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It would have been good if the fish had been cooked all the way through. Yuck. Fish and chips sashimi style.

The Franciscan Crab restaurant had terrible service too. Thumbs down.

After lunch we shopped a bit before getting ready for dinner at Bix Restaurant.

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We were accompanied by Alicia’s friends, Kim and Rich, who live in San Francisco. Kim informed us that the building Bix was in had been around for about 100 years. The restaurant had very high ceilings which used to have a trapeze hanging from it. There would be a acrobatic show during your dinner. Bix doesn’t have a trapeze anymore but they do have incredible food!

Our table shared the Deviled Eggs with Truffles and Radish.

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Quite possibly the best deviled eggs I’ve ever had. 

I followed that with Steak Tartare with Shallots, Capers, Parsley and Mustard (prepared tableside).

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I love Steak Tartare. It’s hard to find so when I see it, I usually order it. Bix did not disappoint. 

For my entree, I ordered the Lobster Spaghetti with Cherry Tomatoes, Jalapenos and Basil.

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Another winner!

All of this was followed by dessert. Alicia and I shared the Chocolate Brioche Bread Pudding.

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Fabulous. It tasted a bit like chocolate lava cake. 

We all really enjoyed Bix. The restaurant was beautiful and I loved how it was laid out. They also have live music every evening, last night being a jazz trio.

This morning we were up bright and early to catch our early flight back to San Diego. We grabbed breakfast at the airport. I had an English muffin breakfast sandwich with scrambled eggs, ham and cheese.

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It was actually pretty good. Next up for our day: the Chargers Game (go Bolts!) followed by a birthday dinner for our niece. It’s going to be a long day.

It there a certain menu you item that you always order when you see it?


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