I Left My Stomach in San Francisco

Posted: July 11, 2009 in Uncategorized

In going through my choices of reading material for my trip tomorrow, I came across this passage that makes me all the more anxious to get back, if only for the freaking amazing food:

“In the window I smelled all the food of San Francisco. There were seafood places out there where the buns were hot, and the baskets were good enough to eat too; where the menus themselves were soft with foody esculence as if dipped in hot broths and roasted dry and good enough to eat too. Just show me the bluefish spangle on a seafood menu and I’d eat it; let me smell the drawn butter and lobster claws. There were places where they specialized in thick red roast beef au jus, or roast chicken basted in wine. There were places where hamburgs sizzled on grills and the coffee was only a nickle. And oh, that pan-fried chow mein flavored air that blew into my room from Chinatown, vying with the spaghetti sauces from North Beach, the soft-shell crab of Fisherman’s Wharf – nay, the ribs of Fillmore turning on spits! Throw in the Market Street chili beans, redhot, and frenchfried potatos of the Embarcadaro wino night, and steamed clams from Sausalito across the bay, and that’s my ah-dream of San Francisco.”

– Jack Kerouac, On The Road

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  1. Wanna go to a no-sign sushi place that’s insanely delicious? Especially the hamachi?

    • Reuben says:

      Hell ya! That’s not a question of “want”, just a question of “where”.

      • approximately 100-102 Carl Street in Cole Valley; on the same side of the street as Crepes on Cole, just west. There is no sign, but you can see through the windows that there’s a sushi bar and people inside. I repeat, the hamachi is amazing! It’s kinda soup nazi-ish; you wait to be seated, and it might take 45 minutes to get your sushi, because it’s just a little old japanese couple. You order everything at once, because they get grumpy if you ask for something later. Worth every minute and every penny though, in my experience (:

  2. Anonymous says:

    Wanna go to a no-sign sushi place that’s insanely delicious? Especially the hamachi?

    • Anonymous says:

      Hell ya! That’s not a question of “want”, just a question of “where”.

      • Anonymous says:

        approximately 100-102 Carl Street in Cole Valley; on the same side of the street as Crepes on Cole, just west. There is no sign, but you can see through the windows that there’s a sushi bar and people inside. I repeat, the hamachi is amazing! It’s kinda soup nazi-ish; you wait to be seated, and it might take 45 minutes to get your sushi, because it’s just a little old japanese couple. You order everything at once, because they get grumpy if you ask for something later. Worth every minute and every penny though, in my experience (:

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