November 17, 2012 – We got up a bit too early for my tastes (the clock read 3:15), got ready and headed out to the airport. They had the tunnel into Boston closed for construction, so we had to detour; fortunately we had plenty of time, though we did discover that the line at the Dunkin’ Donuts in the airport was about 30 minutes long. At least we had time to get food before boarding the plane.
The flight went well (we had a direct flight) and we landed in San Francisco around 10:30. We picked up the rental car and drove over to Matt’s apartment. He suggested lunch at a nearby diner called Crepes on Cole; we happen to love diners, so thought this sounded perfect. They had great coffee, and Tony really enjoyed the NY Benedict (a classic eggs benedict) with potatoes. I opted for the (not smoked) salmon crepe, with capers and melted havarti cheese; this also came with salad and potatoes. The portions were quite generous, and all the food was good. We also got a couple cookies to go; ironically, we realized after the fact that they were vegan. And they tasted as good as any “regular” cookie we’ve tried. We highly recommend this place if you find yourselves in San Francisco.
After lunch we walked a block to the Ice Cream Bar and Soda Fountain. They’re not cheap, but they are very good. Tony tried a soda with sarsaparilla, other flavorings, and a toasted marshmallow on top; it was served as a float with sweet cream ice cream. I had something that tasted like a creamsicle, also made with sweet cream ice cream.
By now it was mid-afternoon, but we wanted to take time to go to one of our favorite places, so we headed to Muir Woods for a quick afternoon walk. It had rained the night before, so we stayed on the paved trail through the woods.We rounded out the day by having dinner at Fish, in Sausalito. The food is always fresh and excellent; we had raw oysters, crab dip (fantastic), fish with fresh pasta, and a local beer. The crab dip may have been the surprise star of the show, with lots of fresh crab.