San Francisco is fondly called the City by the Bay, and for just reasons! It is literally, a city by the water and it’s beautiful. I love San Francisco. It will forever hold a place in my heart. No matter how far away I move from the Bay Area, I will always want to return.
The first day in The City (especially traveling with someone who has never been), priority number one was to spend time by the water. Many tourist visitors enjoy going to Fisherman’s Warf, but I however, am not a fan. One of my favorite places near the water is actually the Ferry Building! Located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street, it is the major transient hub of the surrounding cities. It also serves as a market place for local goods and a great location for various dining! Overall, my kind of place. The Champions of the Ferry Building go to:
3rd Place for the Bronze: Blue Bottle Coffee
The line for this place was ridiculous during lunch time. I almost didn’t power through and wait! But it was worth it for their New Orleans style iced coffee. It tasted like chocolate but gave that caffeine kick. Be on the look out for their logo! If you are having a hard time, just look for the line.
2nd Place for the Silver: Humphry Slocombe
I already enjoy ice cream on a regular basis. But I am a bigger fan of novelty. This place was both! Humphry Slocombe served ice cream in fun flavors! It’s not every day you can find flavors like Butter Beer, Harvey Milk + Honey Graham… and my favorite flavor… Roasted White Chocolate Lavender.
The flavors were so delicious they danced on your toungue and the consistency of the ice cream was perfect. If my calorie intake would have allowed it, I would have gone there after every meal. Conveniently located right across Blue Bottle Coffee, be sure to stop by for this delicious treat!
1st Place for the Gold: Hog Island Oyster Company
Chosen on a whim, even before doing my standard Yelp check, this place was superb. The menu had a great selection and at reasonable prices. It was hard to select only a few options but our table settled on three main dishes. The fried Oyster Po’Boys that were fried to crunchy perfection and served with the most addicting peppered chips. Also, the Clam Chowder which had the perfect amount of seafood and not too thick so you can eat the whole bowl without feeling too full… and an order of Pork Belly Sliders that were so thick and juicy, even though it was only two bites per slider, they were satisfying bites. Everything was excellent, it’s hard to say which was the best. Even the butter for the table tasted like magic.
All the food items tasted fresh and full of flavor. Personally, it was also fun to look at. I’ve never seen oysters served in this way. 🙂 On top of everything being delightful, they had plenty of local beers on their menu that went great with their food. Lastly, but not least, you can eat out on their patio and enjoy a sweet view of the Bay Bridge. A first meal in San Francisco doesn’t get much better than this, if you ask me.