San Francisco Market Street Food Crawl
Last week, Troy and I and a group of fellow food bloggers were all invited to a restaurant crawl called “On the ‘F’ Train: A Stroll Down Market Street.” We had the pleasure of trying out 4 amazing San Francisco restaurants along Market Street: Blue Stem Brasserie, M.Y. China, Hecho and Canela Bistro and Wine Bar.
We had a blast meeting and hanging out with Chanda from Pancake Stacker, Zoha from Posh to Ganache, Mika from Food Fashionista, Sarah McLellan from The Assue Who Ate the Big Apple, Kristin Rimbach from Bay Area Eats, Lily Kaplan from Eating Through SF, Brock Williams & Chris Lin fromYummertime, Sean Timberlake from The Hedonia and Oscar Nilsson from No Wrong Way SF.
One Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
Adam Jed, co-owner of Bluestem Brasserie, started our Market Street food crawl with a major splash, or should we say smash? The Bluestem Smash was super refreshing, perfect for those upcoming sunny summer days! Loved the minty, citrus smoothness of this drink. We had the vodka smash, but they also mix up a whiskey version. Then it was time for the tasting! The crab cakes were crisp, light and flaky with a great chew, delish! The lettuce cups with salmon mousse were a great accompaniment and were accented nicely by the tartness and spice of the pickled red onion. And finally, the fava bean with goat cheese pita wedges had a nice Mediterranean freshness and a nice earthiness to them (love fava beans). It’s definitely hip, modern and chic! Can’t wait to come back for lunch or dinner. Their menu is comprised of completely locally grown or harvested ingredients. The only problem we had was finding the restaurant! It’s located at 1 Yerba Buena Lane, which is just off of Market Street between 3rd and 4th Streets. Easiest way to find Bluestem Brasserie is to remember that it’s right behind The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on Market Street.
Bluestem Smash (St. Germain, vodka, muddled seasonal fruit, mint, lime and sparkling wine)
Lettuce Cup with Salmon Mousse and Pickled Red Onion
Fava Bean with Goat Cheese on Pita Bread
845 Market St, 4th Fl
San Francisco, CA 94103
Next stop … M.Y. China on the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre. This restaurant is best known for its famous TV chef owner Martin Yan. Its casual upscale feel makes it a great place for drinks with friends after work or an intimate dinner on the weekend. If you appreciate Asian culture, you’ll more than notice and appreciate the wall of Buddhas! We were immediately greeted by Evan Lim, Director of Operations, with these amazing lychee sangrias! They were fruity and refreshing and topped off with tiny boba balls. Loved them! Next … came the shrimp wrapped in crispy fried noodles and the Shandong beef rolls. The shrimp was tasty with a great texture and was great with the crunch of the noodles. The beef in the Shandong rolls was tender and savory with a delicious crispy yet chewy skin. And finally … bang bang chicken … large, succulent pieces of juicy chicken that tasted baked or pan-fried with a spicy tangy sauce skewered and displayed on a real whole pineapple … yum! Thumbs up!
Wall of Buddhas
Shrimp Wrapped in Crispy Fried Noodle
Shandong Beef Rolls
Bang Bang Chicken
2200 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
Stomachs getting full … but not full enough to stop … hopping on the underground metro and hopping off at Church Street Station … we arrive at Hecho! More cocktails? Sure! Hecho’s co-owner Jesse Woodward rolled out some solid classic margaritas in nicely salted glasses (BTW, they’ve got an amazing bar)! On the menu for us was halibut crudo which was fresh, cool, crisp and delicious, roasted spring vegetable quesadilla topped with garden-fresh asparagus, nachos a la plancha that were creamy from the sour cream and lime crema and guacamole sauce and meaty from the carne asada (grilled beef), and a generous helping of traditional Mexican guacamole and tortilla chips! Great setting for all of us to really start to get to know each other better. Fresh and traditional comfort food and drink. Top notch!
Roasted Spring Vegetable Quesadilla and Nachos a la Plancha
Canela Bistro & Wine Bar
2272 Market St
San Francisco, CA 94114
The sun was coming down on our last stop for the evening as we said “adios” to Mexican-inspired fare and “hola” to Spanish tapas! Mat Schuster, chef and partner at Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, treated us to some delicious Spanish tapas and an incredible dry and fruity cava sparkling wine. What a great way to cap off a Tuesday evening of galavanting and gastronomy all along San Francisco’s famous Market Street! Canela has a warm romantic ambiance with a definite Moorish influence. The chorizo and Manchego cheese and the warm and fluffy fresh-made churros really hit the spot. It was almost like being in Spain! ¡Buen provecho! And … ¡Salud!
Max Schuster – Chef & Partner of Canela
Chorizo, Manchego Cheese and Green Chile on Toasted Bread
Churros: Hot and Fresh From the Kitchen
Thanks Andrew Freeman & Co. for inviting us … “On the ‘F’ Train: A Stroll Down Market Street!”