So I love to cook. I love to experiment in the kitchen. I like to try my hand at crazy recipes and then feel an enormous amount of pride when I deem them a success. Since I am now working out of a much smaller kitchen I have hardly cooked a meal one since coming to California. As a result of this our eating out bill has been quite outrageous, but, we’ve gotten to try a ton of amazing restaurants. If you’re in my part of Cali here are my so far must try
This year, as I previously just mentioned, i’m not cooking. So for Thanksgiving we decided to dine in the city at McCormick and Kuletos. Located in one of my favorite parts of the city, right in front of Ghiradelli Square, I was thrilled to go eat there for Thanksgiving. Though, our dinner was not the most fabulous we’ve ever had the restaurant was beautiful and provided incredible views of the bay. I got scallops my FAVORITE and Brian got prime rib.
In the North Beach area, be sure to visit Barbara Pinseria. We stopped in on Saturday after touring China Town and grabbed a quick round of appetizers and drinks. We got the Burrata and Prosciutto, 2 of my favorite foods ever, and, the mussels in a yummy tomato sauce with sausage.
Lastly, but definitely not least, I wanted to mention some of my Sausalito favorites. I may not have pictures of the food but if you get the chance you must try the Barrel House. Located right on the water the second story restaurants provides charming views of Sausalito coupled with a fun interior atmosphere. The food was delicious, and slightly avant-garde in nature. It totally pleased the inner food critic inside me. As a true Texan I am still on the hunt for decent Mexican food. Tex-Mex forever. Cal-Mex, not so much. However, Saylors in Sausalito though nothing like the Mexican at home is still very good. With a hot habanero salsa and fresh and light ceviche it is definitely on my list. Locally, here in Marin, the Farmshop has some of my favorites! A hand tossed pizza dough that is thin and chewy perfection- I love the fennel sausage and wild mushroom and the Angry crab pasta has the BEST, literally, the BEST noodles I’ve ever consumed. I could live on noodles and these are in a league totally indescribable, Just trust me. If your in Marin go there. Try them.
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CHUBBY NOODLE! The name as flippant and silly as it sounds is not to be overlooked. One of my hands down favorite spots in North Beach. The garlic noodles are so good. Like….. SO GOOD. Honestly, just try them.
Ramen Underground, located in the Financial District has truly amazing Ramen. Be prepared to wait if you want to dine in. The tiny restaurant often has a line out the door for guests waiting to get in. I was bemused and excited the first time I went and waited out on the street corner. I was not disappointed. I felt so urban and sophisticated standing on the street corner in my business attire waiting to eat Ramen. Dont judge! Im really just a small town Texas girl at heart.
Leo’s Oyster Bar, also located in the Financial District, is a trendy tropical delight. One of the best uses of bold wall paper I’ve seen. The restaurant though tiny features an array of delightfully fresh shucked oysters and delicious cocktails. For a fun night out on the town this place has a great vibe!