Eating My Way Through San Francisco

I’ve been in San Francisco since Wednesday afternoon and all I can say that I’ve successfully done so far is… eat. And I plan on continuing that trend since the 2nd Annual Foodbuzz Festival is this weekend and it is exactly what the name says. A festival of food! I decided to fly in a couple days before the festival started and stay with my friend Corey to take full advantage of my favorite city and apparently stuff my stomach before, well, stuffing my stomach again this weekend. This makes total sense in my head so it’s okay. 😉

Wednesday night we had dinner at Roam, a newish artisan burger restaurant in the Marina. The vibe was definitely my style and everything on the menu sounded delicious, so I was eager to try it out!


Speaking of the menu, it was designed so well, I would have settled with eating that. I love well-designed printed material. Equally as satisfying as a good meal to me 😉




Roam serves milkshakes and that alone is reason enough to love the place. They offer a seasonal flavor, which right now is pumpkin spice, but sadly they were all out of it. I ended up ordering the salted caramel with a bruleed marshmallow on top. Imagine how that would taste and multiply it by 30 because that’s how good this was.


Corey ordered the Sunny Side bison burger which has an organic free-range egg, aged white cheddar, caramelized onions, greens, tomato, and sweet chili sauce.



I ordered the French and Fries burger which has truffle parmesan french fries (yes, ON the burger!), avocado, gruyere, and dijon mustard. To die for.


Thursday’s lunch was at La Boulange Bakery in the Marina. It was one of the first restaurants I ate at in San Francisco so it will always have a special little place in my heart. For lunch I ordered the turkey melt with apple, shallots, tomato, aioli, and perfectly melted cheddar. I mean, come on! 🙂



I went for a little stroll after lunch and stumbled upon Susie’s Cakes. I didn’t go in (as I was stuffed from lunch), but I found it necessary to take a picture for Sues. 🙂


Then, my favorite thing about blogging happened. Jessi landed in San Francisco early Thursday afternoon and we got in touch. We decided to head to Tartine for a little dose of sweet deliciousness. Happening to be in the same place, at the same time, and wandering around my favorite city with one of my favorite like-minded people is what makes blogging seem right 🙂

I had to try the lemon cream tart. I made sure to savor every single bite because it was sheer heaven. Luscious, in fact.


After a bit more exploring in the Mission and popping into every store that could possibly scream “Chels” or “Jessi” we decided to head to Four Barrel which we heard great things about the vibe there. We decided to cool down with iced coffee but when I saw the glazed pumpkin and chocolate chip donut I knew I would be gobbling it up in no time 😉




Four Barrel has a really neat open concept and you’re able to see the coffee being roasted and the beans being prepared. I could have stayed in there for hours, it was definitely my scene 🙂



For dinner last night Corey and I headed to Nick’s Crispy Tacos. Mmmm, I love a good taco! I got a margarita (delicious), and the Pescado taco which is Baja style fried fish in a corn tortilla with salsa, lime mayonnaise, cilantro, cabbage and onions. I ordered my taco “Nick’s way” which makes the taco shell crispy and includes guacamole.


Core and I split the nachos which had Nick’s traditional cheese sauce, guacamole, pico de gallo, and shredded chicken. Easily some of the best tortilla chips I’ve had in a restaurant in a long time.



Two days in San Francisco and I have no shame in the food I’ve eaten. It’s impossible to visit this city without eating your way through it. Foodbuzz Fest 2010,!


29 Responses to "Eating My Way Through San Francisco"

  1. Erica says:

    WOW- so many good eats already! That salted caramel milkshake? Amazing much. And I’m always up for fresh & delicious nachos. Have fun

  2. You’re in my ‘hood! Since I write guidebooks for a living (a large part of which are restaurant reviews), e-mail me ( if you want any other recs while you’re here–not that you need it as you’re surrounded by foodie types it seems =)

    I still haven’t been to Roam, though I finally had the famous burger at Spruce’s bar last night and it’s allegedly the best in town. Roam is next on my list of burger joints. Glad you made it to Tartine–if you have time to go to Bar Tartine, too, it’s one of my favorite dinner spots in town!

  3. Beautiful pics! I’m jealous, I haven’t been to San Francisco in years! I would love that salted caramel milkshake. My friends have been raving about Tartine so I’ll make sure to drop by there when I find myself in SF!

  4. Jenious says:

    I’m addicted to salted caramel hot chocolate right now, so that shake looks and sounds like a dream. Thanks for sharing the San Fran scene with us. I miss NorCal soooo much.

  5. Liz @ Blog is the New Black says:

    THat milkshake… those fries… that burger… 😉

  6. Naomi says:

    All of that food looks soooooo good!! I can’t wait to go eat my way through San Fran in January! Have fun at the food festival! 🙂

  7. can’t believe i missed you girls! see you tomorrow i hope!

  8. Simply Life says:

    yum! Looks like you’ve had a delicious start to the trip! 🙂

  9. Michelle says:

    It sounds like you are having a FABULOUS time! Happy eating in SF!

  10. i love eating in san fran and it looks like you are getting some amazing eats! have fun!

  11. Erin says:

    That milkshake looks to die for. Yum. Thanks for sharing. Can’t wait to go back to SF and try out some of these places, especially Roam. Tartine is a favorite and their lemon tarts are so delicious!

  12. Alison says:

    I miss that city more than anything. At least I can live through you for the weekend!

  13. Kerstin says:

    What a fun trip, hope you guys have fun at Foodbuzz!

  14. SF definitely has some of the best food in the country. This post is making me want to pay it a visit. 🙂

  15. Kelly says:

    I love San Francisco 🙂 You shouldn’t be ashamed at all of that food, it looks DELICIOUS!

  16. Karena says:

    no way! did you go to the nick’s on polk street? you were totally in my neighborhood 🙂

  17. Sharlene says:

    Oh I am SO jealous of your entire weekend, even the parts that are yet to come but will likely be jealousy-inducing!!

  18. San Francisco is one of the best foodie cities in the country. So many amazing choices and creativity. Thanks for sharing. I haven’t been to Frisco in a few years. Your post and all the yummy pictures makes me want to buy a ticket and fly there for a long weekend.

  19. joan says:

    All look delicious! Love SF. Enjoy, even with the rain! 🙂

  20. Kelsey says:

    my stomach is so jealous!! I wish I was there.

  21. MichellePC says:

    All those places look fantastic! I’m especially intrigued by the pumpkin chocolate chip donut. 😉

  22. Katie says:

    the food you ate in san fran looks unbelievable!! especially the turkey melt – can’t wait til we go on a trip there so I can enjoy all that yummy food too!

  23. Nicole says:

    I’m sad to say I’ve been to SF twice and didn’t eat at any of those great places. The food looks amazing!

  24. Susan says:

    You have the best foodie travel recaps 🙂

  25. lindsay says:

    OMG…PLEASE try SusieCakes next time you are there! It is by FAR my favorite bakery…and I have been to Magnolia in NY, Crumbs in LA, and of course Spinkles. They are the best cupcakes I have ever had…and thats saying a lot! 🙂

  26. rita says:

    SF. my old stomping ground. i miss that city. i used to live there before moving to the DC area, then here in germany. don’t get me wrong, i love living here, too, but the last time i was in SF was in the late 80s.

  27. Katie says:

    That salted caramel shake looks amazing! Heading home this weekend to San Jose and have already warned the bf that a stop at Roam is going to be a necessary part of our day in SF.

  28. Best afternoon ever. Here, let’s take a perfect day and run around some way-so-trendy neighborhood eating tarts and ice cream and doughnuts while all hopped up on coffee roasted by adorable little bear boys in the back of Four Barrel. And you know, shopping for beautiful things. Could not have been designed any better. Fantastic.

  29. wayyy to go Chels!! Excited to see that you enjoyed one of my personal favorites (Tartine). Also those burgers and that milkshake look divine. I need to go back to SF soon!!

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