After our recent cruise to Alaska, we spent a few more days with the family in the East Bay area. @WineGuyTO and I try to spend at least one day each visit in San Francisco doing things we (mainly I) have not done before. This time I needed a dress for an upcoming event, so the majority of our day was spent shopping (I LOVE Nordstrom). We started at the Ferry Building, which though we had been here before, this time was open and overflowing with vendors. I loved the fresh produce but was amazed at the variety of the food stands/stalls. Each one had a long line up (we were there around 11 am). I think this shirt sums it up best: After shopping, we had used Open Table to make reservations at Tyler Florence‘s Wayfare Tavern. I was excited to eat there as I really enjoyed his Food Network Show ‘Tyler’s Ultimate‘ because he made 1) food that I would eat and 2) they were usually classic favourites, done simply and easily. Tucked away in the financial district, the Tavern is unassuming. There is a small patio out in front, taking advantage of the late afternoon sun. Inside we stayed on the main floor, but were told that there were 3 floors total. Very tavern like decor (dark wood, mounted animal heads, leather) combined to make for a cozy atmosphere. It appeared to be a favourite spot for after work drinks as the bar was filled with ‘suits’. As we were early, we had a drink at the bar (friendly patrons made room for us). For the Gastropost that week, it was mint vs. basil and that influenced my choice. I had a Poolside cocktail. We had to look up the alcohol, pisco, as we had never heard of it! The flavours were mild and I liked that it was not overly sweet like some cocktails tend to be. For ‘bar’ snacks, homemade potato chips were set out along the bar, light and crispy. Dinner is served on big enough plates as to be family style. Instead of bread, we were served Yorkshire pudding with cold but creamy salted butter. I went with a starter salad of heirloom tomato and cucumber with quinoa, then the Sonoma duck (my standard) and @WineGuyTO had the fried chicken with a side of mac n’ cheese. Both were delicious and large portions, we ended up taking most of the mac ‘n cheese home with us. I could not not have dessert, especially when it was chocolate cream pie! Our wine for the evening was a Bonny DoonLe Cigare Volant 2007 Definitie Syrah. Lovely notes of cherry, and opened up nicely as the meal went on.
Best thing? Tyler Florence retweeted both mine and @WineGuyTo’s tweets!
Tyler Florence’s Wayfare Tavern 558 Sacramento St, San Francisco 94111 415-772-9060 or use Open Table