When I’m in San Francisco, I love visiting the Ferry Building. They have great shops and one of my favorite Vietnamese restaurants is the Slanted Door. Opt to sit outside to get views of the ferries while enjoying the wild mendocino uni and the chicken clay pot with caramel sauce, Thai chili and fresh ginger. The flavor combinations are excellent and the menu uses organic produce and farmed meat.
One Ferry Building #3., / Phone: 415.861.8032
flour + water serves a daily changing menu of house-made pastas exposing the regional variety found throughout Italy, and Neapolitan-style pizzas prepared in a wood-fired oven; my favorite is the veal sausage. You really can’t go wrong with anything here.
2401 Harrison Street., / Phone: 415.826.7000
Make the trip to visit the Marshall location and Don’t expect to find a buffet waiting for you at this waterfront spot, where you reserve a picnic table and prepare a meal by a Pacific inlet. Guests purchase oysters on site and can cook them on grills. Charcoal and shucking tools (and lessons) are available. You also can pick up goat cheese, bread and cheese. It’s really so much fun!
20215 Shoreline Highway, Marshall / Phone: 415.663.9218