We walk, we eat. That was the rule of the day. A rule Ariel and his partner Kit came up with. It didn’t start out as rule but rather a way to enjoy different restaurants, food and scenic sights of San Francisco while burning calories as we go along. They knew I was in town for only 3 days and they wanted to maximize the number of restaurants I get to try.
It was fun in the beginning. But trust me the last leg (point D to E, see map below) of our walk was painful. I felt like I was being punished for all the food I ate and will eat. And to think I was wearing my super comfy FitFlops. The only thing that pushed me was the pot of gold at the end – Tartine. Wait, I’m getting ahead of the story. To give you an idea here’s a map of that day’s torture- I mean walk. At the end of the day I really had fun and swollen feet. Ha ha.
If you read my previous post, I spent my morning moving from JW Marriott to Villa Florence Hotel (A on the map), did some shopping at Macy’s, went back to JW Marriott because I left my passport and cash in the safe in my room. It was around 10 am when we started to walk to the first restaurant on Ariel’s list of places to go that day.
Our first stop was Bocadillos, a tapas and wine bar in the financial district. Kit led us through a long scenic route through Chinatown.
When Kit told me it was a tapas bar I thought tapas meant the usual gambas, chorizo, tortillas but to my joy they had an assortment of hot and cold sandwiches. Bocadillos in English means sandwiches usually made with baguette. Yay carbs!
We ordered a couple of bocadillos. Each order came with 2 different sandwiches of your choice and a side salad all for $10. We cut up each sandwich in thirds so we got to try them all.
smoked salmon with chive cream cheese $10
diestel turkey, brie and cranberry sauce – these 2 were hot bocadillos
My first bite of this sandwich was pure heaven. The sandwich may look like a pan de sal (Filipino soft bread) but it was a perfect, crunchy baguette. One of the best baguettes I’ve ever eaten. The fillings were good but almost secondary to the wonderful bread.
My favorite was the fried chicken although cold was very tender and spicy. I liked the chicken but I didn’t enjoy the baguette as much because they weren’t pressed and heated in a panini machine. The bread was cold and chewy.
chorizo with walnut spread & parsley $10
fried chicken with spicy coleslaw – these 2 were cold bocadillos
The salad was very different from anything I’ve tasted before. The charred corn was sweet, the dressing creamy and the poblano peppers added a mild kick.
charred corn w/ jicama and poblano peppers $9
From the first time I met Kit many, many years ago I’ve always been fascinated with his eyes. It reminded me of a cat’s eye. I’ve been trying to capture it for years to no avail. I didn’t have the right camera and lighting. I finally got it and had to share it with all of you.
We were off to a good start. I really enjoyed the light meal we had at Bocadillos. These were some of the things that caught my attention while walking to the next restaurant.
Click here for the next restaurant we went to.
710 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94111-2104
Monday-Friday 7:00 am-10:00 pm
Saturdays 5:00 pm-10:30 pm