BEEN THERE, ATE THAT: WEEK OF FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23

Like most weeks this past week was filled with events, the Red Cross Launch Party, an app launch party (this is San Francisco after all) and a weekend work event which didn't leave much room for dining out. But, you know I still made room for a few good eats.

Bite of the Week: Korean Beef Tacos from Namu Street Food

Monday: Pizzeria Delfina
Post Golf Snack. Monday was a gorgeous holiday and thankfully I had it off! After some coaxing, I was finally able to talk one of my friends into sneaking out of work early (bad influence, I know!). We decided to hit the Presidio driving range before they closed and after hitting 200 golf balls, found ourselves to be quite famished. After some debating, we decided on pizza. Luckily for my friend, he was with a pizza connoisseur (as I like to call myself). I suggested the obvious place (as it was Monday and Una Pizza Napoletana is not open on Mondays, and that we were in the Presidio), Pizzeria Delfina. He was sold.

As it was a holiday and we went early we didn't have to wait too long for our table, thankfully! We were both craving something substantial so we decided on the special of the day, the Lamb Pizza. We also ordered the Insalata Tricolore  with arugula, radicchio and endive with lemon vinaigrette and grana padano. If you've been to Pizzeria Delfina then I don't need to go into a lot of details telling you how amazing the pizza was. If you haven't been, then I highly suggest (like I do most restaurants), adding it to your list. Just make sure to go early, late or get take out, as the lines can get pretty long!

Tuesday: Frances
Date Night. Another restaurant that has been on my ever expanding list of must try places, Frances is a small spot nestled away in a residential part of The Castro. So hidden in fact you would never see it if you weren't looking for it. I've been wanting to go for a while but reservations are hard to come by, so in January (or maybe even December) I finally bit the bullet and made a reservation.

Looking at the menu ahead of time (I can never wait until I get to the restaurant), one appetizer or rather "bouche" caught my eye, the Applewood Smoked Bacon Beignets. Obviously this was the first thing we ordered. Followed by the Spinach Salad with a Poached Egg, Roasted Cipollini, Shallot Vinaigrette and Vella Mezzo Secco. I'm a sucker for anything with an egg on it and this spinach salad did not disappoint, the egg porn was just an added bonus! We had a hard time deciding on entrees as they all looked fantastic but were finally able to narrow it down to two, thankfully my date was willing to share! We had the Monterey Black Cod with Bintje Potato, Spring Onion and Horseradish Creme Fraiche and the Sonoma Duck Breast with Pumpkin Seed Dukkah, Japanese Sweet Potato and Blood Orange.  Finally, we had a side of Baby Carrots Raw and Roasted with Avocado, Berbere Spice and Coriander to round out the meal.

Sadly we were too full for dessert. I know, I know, hopefully you did not fall of our your chair from shock! The entire meal was delicious and I absolutely recommend it. Perfect for dates or dinner with friends, just be prepared to get cozy with the people at the table next to you (seating is very tight).

Thursday: Namu Street Food
Lunch. Thursday's at the Ferry Building boasts the CUESA farmer's market and many lunch options. As Thursday was another gorgeous day (before all this rain!) we decided to hop on MUNI and head down to the Ferry Building for lunch. After much debating (4505 Meats vs. Chino vs. Namu) we finally landed on Namu. I went for my usual, Beef Korean Tacos with a side of Brussels Sprouts while my co-worker went with the Kimchi Fried Rice, adding the free range egg of course. The tacos were, as always, amazing and left me wanting more. The Brussels sprouts were equally amazing and the perfect side to my two tacos. I can't speak for the fried rice but if you haven't been to Namu Street Food, check it out!

Saturday: Sam's Chowder House
Road Trip. Like the rest of the week, Saturday was gorgeous and a perfect day to get out of the city and do something outside. We decided to head down to Half Moon Bay and have lunch at Sam's Chowder House. Famous for their Lobster Rolls, we had nothing else in mind.

While waiting for our table, we ordered a few cocktails and sat in some outdoor chairs overlooking the water. After a short wait our table was called and we were lead to a cute table outside, again overlooking the water. As we had skipped breakfast our appetites were quite large so we ordered two cups of New England Clam Chowder and Baked Oysters Rockefeller to start. I love Sam's Clam Chowder, it's the perfect combination of chunky clams, potatoes and bacon; I could have eaten just the chowder and been happy. For an entree we split their infamous Lobster Roll as they are quite large! Maine lobster with butter on a toasted bun with potato chips and coleslaw, the perfect afternoon delight!

Tip: All of these restaurants are great, popular spots. If you plan to go, go early and you will hopefully have to wait a little less.

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