For my foodie friends, traveling is a never-ending delight of new and exotic tastes. If you’re in in the San Francisco area and hope to experience the international (as well as home-baked) tastes of the city, taking the Ferry Building Culinary Tour is a must.
What: A two-hour tour to a dozen delicious restaurants in the area. Perfect for cloudy or drizzly days.
Where: The Ferry Building
When: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to Noon and Saturdays 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Who: Anyone who eats! Even if you have dietary restrictions, the tour is still for you. The staff is accommodating and can help you find things to sample regardless of allergies and dietary preference.
What you’ll do:
During your tour, you’ll visit at least ten of these delicious eateries:
Frog Hollow Farms
Frog Hollow is known for its delicious fruit tartlets. I tried an apple tart, and I loved it! One family owns the whole farm and they do everything by themselves. Everything from this place is practically farm-fresh. You may not be able to resist buying a jar or two of fruit preserves!
If I see the word “Confections,” then I already know I will love it. If you’re all about chocolate (and I know you are!), then you will delight in this stop. Their candies are not only delicious, but also very pretty. I loved the salted caramel one.
Prather Ranch/American Eatery
You can eat meat here with a clean conscience, even if you’re an animal lover. Everything served in this all-American restaurant is humanely raised and supports sustainable and responsible small farms. The chuck wagon chili is amazing. Lisa claims it is the best chili she’s ever tried, and a lot of the people on the tour agreed with her. I have to agree, too. I love chili and this one is so good! The tastes are perfectly balanced.
Be sure to try the Mt. Tam and Red Hawk cheeses! Mt. Tam cheese is a regular cheese, but creamier and yummier. Red Hawk was actually created by accident, but it turned out to be a favorite. It has a lot of personality, but it is awesome for a cheese lover like me! I liked it a lot.
If you’re a bacon and ham person, you’ll love this place. The restaurant’s tagline says it all: “Tasty Salted Pig Parts.”
Be sure to try the organic Parisian macaron when you visit here!
Out the Door
You don’t have to travel to the far reaches of Vietnam in order to try authentic food. The chef and menu creator does that for you. Every item on the menu was researched in its location of origin and carefully recreated in San Francisco. Try their spring rolls—they are delicious!
Acme Bakery was created forty years ago for one reason: to bake better bread. And they have certainly succeeded! My favorite? The Pan Epi loaf.
Sow: Healthy Juices
There is a new strip just outside the ferry building that not a lot of people know about. One of the establishments there is Sow. They sell refreshing drinks. I didn’t think I would like them based on the um…healthy…. ingredients, but they made it so well that I liked it all! Everything felt so healthy, light and refreshing.