my second home, San Francisco last week. Yup, I took a week off of the computer and ate to my heart's content in the California sunshine. While almost everything I had was delicious, the biggest highlight was Hapa Ramen's Fried Chicken Ramen. Our good friend Clay recommended them to me the night before I bounced, and he has yet to steer me wrong. I got it at the Tuesday Farmers Market at the Ferry Building and it was salty delicious goodness. So much so that, though I was supposed to check out some trucks immediately after, I said "F that, I'm eating all of this."
4505 Meats, and wanted me to pick him up a bag of chicharrones-a bag he needs to claim before it's in my belly. Since I was beyond starving, and spied slow-roasted pig on the menu, I got their pork sandwich. Oh. My. Fucking. God. The perfectly roasted, tender pork. The crunchy slaw. The coriander aioli. I will be getting so fat when I move to SF because I will be eating this as often as possible. There are few sandwiches comparable to this in New York, most are a bit on dry side or slathered in excess sauce. Not this, I ate up every last bit.
Una Pizza Napoletana since I only had them once or twice in New York, but they were on vacation. As a back-up, Delfina was suggested. My group arrived there at the exact wrong time: 8:30 on a Saturday night. A hour and a half wait greeted us. Yay. The special pizza of the night involved egg and (I think) radicchio, and I wanted in on it. My dining companions were all "Ew, gross, I don't like egg on pizza," but I know that this is spectacular especially when the yolk is all runny and gets soaked up by the crust. I even saved a bit for my breakfast.
Stacks for some weekday brunch action. Though the waiter was up-selling me—God do I hate up-selling—when the platter of huevos rancheros came out, I was pleasantly surprised. This is like two breakfasts for the price of one, no joke. Though this time is was me saying "Ew, gross." Apparently there is such a thing as a crab omelette which my fellow bruncher got. I was not aware of this. After returning, I questioned a few friends more inclined to brunch than myself; none of them had heard of a crab omelette. Maybe next time I'll return to see what all the fuss is about this and Stack's banana pancakes.
Hapa Ramen is at all three Ferry Building Farmers Markets-Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday-while 4505 Meats is only there Thursday and Saturday.
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