San Francisco’s Ferry Building was rehabbed a few years ago and converted into a foodie paradise with restaurants and food-related shops. I spent several enjoyable meals there on my trip. Seen below is a cream scone with apricot conserve from Frog Hollow, a bowl of granola and fruit from the Market Bar, a fish taco from Mijita and an ahi tuna burger, pesto fries and blueberry shake from Taylor’s Refresher, whose busy dining room is seen in a second photo. Like the sign says, “Eat.” All items mentioned above were exemplars of the form.
Meanwhile, on the way back I had a pastor torta at Burrito King No. 8 in Salinas and a slice of apple pie (and a bowl of cream of asparagus soup) at Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero, both pictured below.
As a side note, ever order a side of fruit with a breakfast or lunch? It’s almost always disappointing: cantaloupe, melon, maybe a couple of grapes or chunks of watermelon. At Zachary’s in Santa Cruz, my side (to my pesto scrambled eggs) had strawberries, kiwi, pineapple, grapes, blueberries, watermelon, melon, cantaloupe and banana — and as a garnish, the plate had an orange slice. Now that’s how you do a side of fruit.