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Sushi In The Mission

For J’s belated bday dinner, he picked Miyabi in the Mission. I’m staying in the Mission, and this is why most of the food choices will tend to be centered in this fine SF neighborhood. It’s easy to eat around there, there’s tons of choices. Whether it’s on Mission, Valencia, Church, or Castro streets, restaurants abound. People love to eat here. And drink here.

And so it begins! This is a nice little low-key spot. Miso, side salad, and seaweed salad. All good. I love me some seaweed salad. Explain it to me, why is this so good? Can one make this at home? J got the udon with beef. While the soup and the noodles and veggies were good, he was quite annoyed with the meat. I told him to get the shrimp tempura! But no, he insisted on meat. And then he got stuck with fatty chewy cheap slices of meat. Why does noone listen to me? But other than the meat part, he enjoyed it.

I got a godzilla roll, the one on the bottom. Holy heck. They have pictures of their rolls, and in the photo, this roll was not this ginormous. And then it showed up on the plate, with a diameter of about 3 inches. Normal people can’t fit this in their mouth. I don’t have a flip top head! I don’t remember what was in it, but it was various stuff. And it was battered and fried. Hee! And then a squirt of spicy sriracha-ness on top. Tasty. The roll on the top was some kind of spicy tuna roll with crunchies on it. Also quite tasty. This was way too much roll for me, and for both of us, so half of this came home. They made excellent snacks later in the evening.

Miyabi was quite busy. Most people seemed to have gotten some type of bento box type combo. Their prices were quite reasonable for these, so I can see why. Service was just fine. It’s nothing extraordinary, but quite decent and very affordable for japanese/sushi.

Miyabi Japanese Restaurant
253 Church St
San Francisco, CA 94114-1310
(415) 861-0447

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Tartine Snacks

Sunday was our last day in the bay area. I headed back into San Francisco to spend the day in the big city. Before heading to Golden Gate Park, J treated me to some delicious pastries at Tartine. It’s a little corner spot and there are always lines around the corner to get some of their vittles. What’s that all about? I don’t know. But apparently, it happens all the time. Like it’s expected. And all the people are fine with it. I’m not into lines so I don’t know if I would care for that.
After waiting in this line (which ended up being not too bad), we took our snacks to Dolores Park. The croque monsieur with ham. Hubba hubba. Good stuff. And it’s made with country bread that they make daily in their brick oven. That’s a tiny little pickled carrot. It was weird, spicy, yet I was drawn to it.
Some sweeter treats: lemon cream tart and banana cream tart. Yum and yum.

Ni-Mo Of San Mateo

After all the gluttony and more touring around, we needed a proper meal. A and E took us to Ni-Mo, their favorite local sushi spot in San Mateo. Is it the best sushi around? Certainly not, but it’s their favorite spot, they know the owner, Steve, and he and his wife totally made us welcome. We even got complimentary miso soup. And the soup was great! And oh, we stuffed our faces. Agedashi tofu. It’s one of my favorite dishes to get when eating sushi. It was ok here. Nothing compares to Sagami’s agedashi tofu. They’ve ruined it for me for all others. Everyone got spicy tuna hand rolls. I’m not all that into hand rolls, but these sure look mighty tasty. And huge. And when eating sushi, you must get yourself some giant ass Sapporos, no? L got the sashimi plate, and man, the sashimi was sliced mighty darn thick. Some of the thickest sashimi I’ve ever witnessed. She enjoyed this a lot. And can I just say, she uses more wasabi than anyone I’ve ever met in my entire life. It was scary just watching her. Some of the rolls we had… super california roll, dragon roll, oregon roll. All were completely delicious. And you could tell they were made with love. I especially enjoyed the oregon roll. It was a california roll with salmon on top and lemon wedges. The lemon just added a special touch that made it even better. Such a simple twist but it made it completely different and great. I got one of their special dinners because I wasn’t in too much of a roll mood. It came with chicken teriyaki and a shrimp tempura udon. Oh, and the requisite salad. Everything was good. Not great, but certainly good. And just the comfortable feel and the friendliness of the place made it that much better. Steve even did sake shots with us. Now I love Ni-Mo as much as they do.

73 E 3rd Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 342-0288

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