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Friday, April 24, 2009


My goal again this year is to do a culinarty post from my stops along the GRAMMY Concert Tour like a did last year in Chicago and New York. First stop was LA, so I'm starting with our 2nd stop in SanFran.

Rose's Cafe - local cafe

Rose's is the local cafe at it's best. Quaint, friendly and warm. Great food, great coffee. A great place for breakfast or lunch with friends. My friend Elwood raved about the breakfast pizza, and though it wasn't served during lunch when I arrived, the maitre d' was quick to suggest a work around by ordering the Margherita pizza and adding a few items to make more or less the same thing. It was delicious. My party also shared the Grilled Chicken-Tarragon Sausage, Organic Poached Eggs, Polenta & Spicy Tomato Sauce dish. Another winner.

I want to try their other restaurants - Rose Pistola and Terzo - next time I'm in town

Rose's Cafe / 2298 Union St / San Francisco, CA 94123 / 415.775.2200 /

Perbacco - Italian

The website will tell you that “Perbacco” is an Italian word to accentuate positive comments. It can also be an expression of pleasure and surprise, as well as a reference to Bacchus, God of Wine and “good times.” A fitting name for a restaurant steeped in the traditions of Italy with a refreshingly modern feel and attitude. Perbacco introduces urban San Francisco to the full range of flavors found in the Italian regions of Piemonte and Liguria, with a touch of France by way of Provence.

The appetizers were all lovely and the Herb Agnolotti filled with roasted rabbit and truffled sugo d’arrosto was so good I’m considering flying back next weekend for another plate.

Perbacco / 230 California Street / San Francisco, CA 94111 / 415.955.0663 /

City View Restaurant - Dim Sum

Located in San Francisco's Chinatown, City View serves some of the best Dim Sum I've had in a long time and it's still served table side from push carts unlike many modern Dim Sum restaurants.

City View Restaurant / 662 Commercial St / San Francisco, CA 94111 / 415.398.2838 /

Bread and Cocoa - coffee shop

For great coffee in the city, skip Starbucks and hit Bread and Cocoa.

Bread and Cocoa / 199 Sutter St (between Kearny St & Lick Pl) / San Francisco, CA 94104 / 415.956.7200 /

Mercury Lounge‎

Mercury Lounge‎ / 1582 Folsom St. / San Francisco, CA 94103 /‎ 415.551.1582‎ /

Clift Hotel

From the website:

Hotel Overview
An inspired fusion of old-world hotel elegance with distinctly contemporary energy and glamour, the nearly century-old Clift’s modern and daring sense of diversity perfectly captures the city’s spirit. Steps from Union Square shopping and the legendary Nob Hill, Clift is perfectly located for sightseeing, shopping and socializing. Clift’s classic stone exterior opens onto a glowing purple entryway that prepares guests for the wonderland within. Designed by Philippe Starck, the soaring lobby contains one of the most eclectic furniture collections in all of California, with chairs from Ray and Charles Eames, a coffee table by Salvador Dali, a surreal stool by Renee Marguerite, and a sculpture custom made by William Sawaya. The centerpiece is a thirty-five-foot fireplace with a Bronze chimney sculpture by Gerard Garouste. The thrilling monumental scale and fantastical furnishings create a dream-like composition that is the cornerstone of Clift’s magic.

Redwood Room
A cherished San Francisco landmark, Clift's famous and historic Redwood Room has been restored and reinvented as an elegant and modern San Francisco bar. The interior features the original redwood paneling and enormous bar, which, legend has, was carved from a single redwood tree, as well as Starck-designed lounge furniture and an ever-changing array of digital artwork displayed on plasma television screens hung throughout the room.

Clift / 495 Geary Street / San Francisco, CA 94102 / 415.775.4700 /

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