Following are some random thoughts that don’t really warrant their own post.
First, I need to respond to a comment from my friend Phil “The Thrill” LaBella. On my review for Fleur De Lys, The Thrill wrote:
The restaurants are empty when you get there because you’re eating at 6 p.m.
Before I backhand him, it should be noted that Phil works (very?) hard at his job. That said, Phil thinks that a dinner before 7:30 p.m. is early. Phil also doesn’t start work most days until after 9 a.m. He can poke, but he is in the minority on this one.
Phil also forgets that the city, especially outside of the tourist traps, closes early. Coming off the Alcatraz ferry tonight, we walked by multiple restaurants and bars that were closed for the evening. And it’s Friday.
Anyhow, on to other things:
- We made a triumphant return to Boudin today (review of the upstairs bistro follows later) for breakfast. The Wife and I noshed on ham-and-egg sandwiches on sourdough, and weak Peet’s Coffee (Seriously California? It’s nothing but brown water. It makes Dunkin Donuts look legitimate.) before heading to Angel Island.
- Speaking of coffee, Blue Bottle. Those words begin and end the argument.
- If you make it to the Left Coast, take a few hours out at Angel Island. The $17 roundtrip ticket is one of the least expensive outlays you’ll make. Skip the tram and take the shuttle directly to the former U.S. Immigration Station. Pick up the return shuttle and kill the wait time before your ferry leaves at the cafe. You have two choices: a semi-upscale deli or a Fisherman’s Wharf style cantina with chowder, oysters and Lagunitas on draught.
- Dinner tonight was back at the Ferry Building. The Wife opted for a cheese plate from Cowgirl Creamery Sidekick. I went for the Boccalone small platter, which worked out to about 1/3 lb. of proscuitto crudo, orange-fennel salami and mortadella. Or salt, salt and salt.
- Cheapest bottle of water we’ve found thus far? $1.50 at the Alcatraz gift shop. Most expensive? $4 at the Golden Gate Bridge Cafe.