Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Travels with Blondie: Boom! Fried Chicken Ramen in SF

Fried Chicken Ramen
Those of you following along on Twitter might have seen me tweeting from 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."

Pulled Pork Sandwich
This did end up being the trip of Ferry Building visits. The day I landed, I was lucky enough to make it to one of my most favorite places in the entire world, the Saturday Farmers Market there. Clay had also suggested 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.

Delfina Pizza
I had hoped to stop by 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' Huevos Rancheros
On my last day there, we went to 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.

Delfina Pizzeria

3611 18th Street
San Francisco
(415) 437-6800


501 Hayes Street
San Francisco
(415) 241-9011

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