I’ve seen Forbes Island down near Fisherman’s Wharf, across from the sea lions. I’ve heard about it. I’ve taken a few photos of it. I’ve read about it. BUT, I’ve never eaten there and now it’s time. According to the things I’ve seen online and read, the restaurant is under the water level, so you can see fish while you dine. Intriguing, huh?
Recently, I was at Il Fornaio on Battery (they have a great little happy hour, and amazing affogatos … espresso over ice cream … OMG, but I digress) and a guy at the bar was telling jokes to the bartender, who was being polite. I could tell, he wanted a little audience, and I love to tell jokes too, so I told him one, then he told me another, than I told him another and on and on. He was a nice guy with a great sense of humor and a love of life you can just feel. Turned out, he’s the Forbes of Forbes Island! Naturally, he invited me to come to dinner, and I definitely will.
I’m sure I’ll add another post after going there, but for now, I thought I’d share this as a part one to this adventure. This could possibly be the most quirky restaurant ever … at least here in San Francisco.
Chef-owner Greg Dunmore, who worked with Hiro Sone at Ame at the St. Regis is cooking up Japanese food that’s beyond sushi. It’s inventive, unique and fun to explore.
Try a little of everything and order in stages, so you can skew the direction of the meal toward lighter, heavier or more variety. Oh, and save room for dessert.
One of the newest foodie havens just opened a few weeks ago – Wayfare Tavern. I went there with friends and everyone had a great meal. The upstairs bar was a lot of fun too. We had fun challenging the bartender with their unique, and very complete collection of bitters. The place was hoppin’ but fun. We had a late reservation, but went early and had high hopes of being seated early. We didn’t, but the reservation was on time.
It all worked out great and Tyler Florence even took time out of his kitchen duties to come over and say HI. He seemed quite calm and was even warm and friendly. Personally, I would have been a nervous wreck, given the pressure of a new restaurant in this city. We can be a tough crowd, due to the array of optional eateries.
I had the smoked pork chop with Marcona almond butter, roasted peaches and fennel purée. It was awesome. Several people had the fried chicken and said it was great. We also managed to try the macaroni and cheese which was good too. I almost ordered the Chicken Pot Pie (only available on Sunday). The bartender mentioned that it usually sells out, but I’m glad I stuck with my first hunch and got the pork. I think mine was the best at the table and I’d have it again in a heart beat. Everyone was so full we didn’t order desert. Maybe next time? Comfort food is the specialty and frankly, it’s not as expensive as I thought it might be. That said, comfort food shouldn’t be too expensive; so it all works out.
Here’s a link to the home page where they’ve posted the old footage of a streetcar ambling down Market Street. It’s been around, but it’s classic and fun to watch if you have a few.
Link to Wayfare Tavern and the streetcar footage.
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