I live in the land of the Puritans, a far jump from the gastronomic paradise of the Bay Area. But I haven’t given up hope. I’m an undeterred foodie daily in search of spicy, inexpensive or moderately-priced holes-in-he wall wherever I happen travel. Below is a list (ever-changing, ever-increasing) of the some of the best food I’ve tasted, listed by locale. Bias is toward Asian/Fusion, well-spiced, and moderately priced. The roll is decided by myself. If you have tips for good places to check out, let me know. If I have occasion to try them and like them, I’ll include them on the foodie roll.
Lumberyard: Great Pasta Bolognese; unctuous bread. Fantastic and fresh wine selection (Yes. Fresh). Gorgeous west coast feel, open and airy.
Mission Cantina: Best fish tacos outside of La Jolla. Great margaritas and good local beer and wine list. Tiny, well-decorated, cute bar. Prepare for a long wait.
Miss Saigon: Great Pho Bo Sate outside of 19th and Irving, San Francisco. BYOB.
Zen: Excellent sushi and Asian fusion dishes. Good wine list. Airy, spacious, well-lit.
Coco’s (link is to yelp, b/c I refuse to link to their FB page–not everyone has FB). Simple menu. Excellent pork and chicken. Brussel sprouts to die for (even for bs haters). Good wine list. Tiny and very SoHo.
Tapeo, C/ Montcada 29, 08003 Barcelona, Spain
A tiny hole-in-the-wall in Barri Gotic, Barcelona, a few steps down from the Picasso museum. Chef Daniel used to work at some schmancy 5 star place that would take a month’s pay for some tapas. Now, he bought this place and works some serious magic with jamon (that’s him at the top), fresh fish, and huevos rotos to die for. Just a counter and some 2-tops and Chef Daniel in a tiny kitchen. And a fantastic wine list. Order some Pacharan (liquer) at the end of your meal. Brilliant, cheap, and luscious. Choose this place over El Xampanyet, an old ‘authentic’ bar…