If someone held a gun to my head and insisted I vacate NYC immediately, San Francisco would be the destination. It’s the only other city in America I could realistically see myself living pre-retirement, and I know many New Yorkers share the sentiment. There’s a lot to love about SF. In a way, it’s a healthier, tech obsessed version of our own city with a more laid back approach, extra hippies, hybrid cars, and less females.
Aside from the skyline views, crisp air, and proximity to Napa, the best part about this town is the food. Good eats are endless in the Bay Area, and the restaurant culture here is second only to New York in the United States. Every time we come here, we eat well. And thanks to you, we wound up at Nopa recently.
Talk about sitting comfortably in the Immaculate Infatuation pocket…damn. If we lived around here, Nopa would be our go-to of all go-to’s. It’s a destination that’s Perfect For pretty much everything, whether it be some Action At The Bar, Late Night Eats (although Late Night = 1AM here), or a Girls’ Night Out. The menu rotates daily and focuses on everything you’d expect it to – organic cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from local purveyors. It’s a huge duplex of a restaurant with towering ceilings and an open kitchen which feels like you’re dining in a sick Tribeca loft. And the place is buzzing each and every night with the 20-30 something crowd. It’s like The Dutch of SF, only the food is way better and SF’s version of a “scene” is a lot more manageable. Less Kardashian table talk, more SOPA.
Fried Spring Onions
These are full scallions fried up and served with a lemon aioli. It’s a different way of eating onions, and pretty damn good way too.
Poached Farm Egg
One of the best salads I’ve had in my entire life – a mix of spiced ham, kale and butternut squash with a poached egg on top. This combination of flavors is exceptional, and the crunch of the kale went perfectly with the tender squash. If this is on the menu, it’s a must order.
Flatbread Of Housemade Chorizo
The flatbreads are quite popular here, and this one of homemade chorizo, potatoes, arugula, and crescenza cheese did not disappoint.
Another dish we really enjoyed. Instead of serving their calamari fried, this grilled octopus as served in easy to handle slices atop a bed of sweet, bushy broccoli di ciccio and finished with hummus and spiced chickpeas. Again, it’s the unique combinations and excellent flavors that make this dish work so well.
Grass Fed Hamburger
We had heard a lot about the burger and, as you can see, it’s quite an attractive piece of meat. Not too big, not too small, with just enough soft bun for the juices to soak up just right. We devoured this guy in a matter of moments. The fries were good too.
Grilled Country Pork Chop
San Francisco takes their pork chops very seriously. This chop is almost on par with our favorite chop ever which is just forty minutes away at Mustard’s Grill in Napa. It’s the perfect cut of pork – juicy, tender and not that fatty – served with braised greens, acorn squash and a delicious mustard seed vinaigrette on top. You might need to split it with someone, but you should definitely get after it.
Braised Short Ribs
The short ribs come in the form of a stew, served in a mini casserole dish with carrots, potatoes, greens and salsa verde. It’s another winner.