I’ve been away from San Francisco for three months now, and I miss it dearly: my friends, my neighborhood, the murals, the magic, the fog (just kidding), and the glorious food. But as in most cities, dining out in San Francisco can be competitive, expensive, and ultimately exhausting. I still recommend you try it whenever you get the chance, but here are 10 quintessential San Francisco recipes that you can make at home. Provided you have access to squash blossoms, caçhaca, and edible gold leaf, of course…
Apertif: The Gilded Lily
Restaurant: The Alembic
Get things started off Gold Rush-style with a gold encrusted cocktail. For real.
Bar Snack: Pickled Carrots, Green Tomatoes, & Watermelon Radishes
Restaurant: Bar Tartine
As if I didn’t already love Bar Tartine enough, they now have an entire pickle menu.
Fried Bar Snack: Fried Asparagus With Caesar Dressing
Restaurant: State Bird Provisions
Cocktail: Primera Menina
The season’s best tomatoes combined with smoky cachaça, basil, and lemon.
Vegetable: Spicy Cauliflower
Restaurant: Pizzeria Delfina
I’ll have one order of cauliflower with my pizza and another for dessert, please.
Main Dish: Squash Blossom Empanadas
These look like they might be a little time-consuming: you should probably make Nopalito’s Fried Garbanzo Beans to get you through it.
Side Dish: Coconut Rice
Restaurant: Burma Superstar
This rice is so decadent that I told my dining companion, “You should serve this at your wedding instead of cake.”
Dessert: Lumberjack Cake
Any recipe that calls for a cup of dates is fine by me.
Digestif: The Cask Of Oloroso
Sherry, allspice syrup, bitters, and lemon finish the meal off nicely.
Final Bite: Sesame Absinthe Cigars
Restaurant: Blue Bottle Coffee
Perfectly subtle paired with a sherry cocktail.
Can you imagine anyone preparing such a feast?! I would probably make the cocktails and the cauliflower and call it a day.
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