San Francisco – Day 2 (Part 1)

17 miles yesterday and 12 miles today!

Today started with a reservation for breakfast at Kitchen Story in the Castro district. I have three words: fried. French. toast.

This was one of the only planned breakfasts that actually worked out, and I’m so glad it did! Delicious! I ordered the mascarpone stuffed deep fried French toast and J ordered the ricotta hotcakes, and we definitely added a side of millionaire’s bacon – omg yum.

What is millionaire’s bacon, you ask? I don’t really know, and I don’t really care. All I know is that I WANT IT RIGHT NOW! It was a beautiful combination of sweet and spicy on a big, thick piece of bacon.

I read SO MANY articles and blog posts on the best brunch in San Francisco and looked at more menus than I can count. For me, you can keep your omelets and benedicts, I want the French toast. That eliminated a lot of restaurants, which was good for my sanity.

Fun and sad fact: I was a French toast expert on the Foodspotting app which was this super awesome app that showed you pictures of food near your location. OpenTable owned it and decided to shut it down. I’m still bitter 😒.

French toast close-up!

After breakfast we walked around the Mission District. One of the best spots was Mission Delores park because of all the dogs. And because we got to watch a bunch of kids running up and down huge hills for gym class.

It’s true. I do like dogs.

I had read about how much San Franciscans like their parks, and that was definitely an accurate statement. But how could you not enjoy this view and this spot that felt like an escape from the chaos of life?

In the bottom picture to the left is the Mission San Francisco de Asis, a late 1700s Spanish-style church with the larger and newer basilica on the right. We didn’t go in, but some of the pictures I’ve seen of the inside are stunning.

At this point we were close to Bi-Rite Creamery, one of the must-dos on basically all San Francisco lists. It was ten minutes until opening and J looked at me like I was nuts when I asked if we could wait for ice cream. I mean, we did just eat a lot for brunch, so I guess that’s fair. So sadly, Bi-Rite ice cream didn’t get checked off my list.

Our next stop was to walk in the complete opposite direction towards AT&T park so J could get a hat. He frequently buys hats of different baseball teams…but we never watch baseball…and I think he’s a Braves fan? This is something I do not understand.

After hanging out near the Tenderloin district (Google that if you don’t know what I’m talking about), coming to this side of San Francisco was VERY different. It was livelier, cleaner, and more of what we thought San Francisco would be like.

I’m usually on point when it comes to a food plan on trips, but San Francisco kind of kicked my planning butt. Everything ended up not being as close together as I thought, so my plans broke down often. The Ferry Building Marketplace is home to a lot of shops and restaurants, so we looked here for our lunch/dinner.

We finally agreed on burgers at Gott’s Roadside because nothing else looked filling enough and we needed something to last for a while since we had a night activity (details later!).

I had the Western Bacon Blue Ring burger that comes topped with a beer-battered onion ring, crumbled blue cheese, bacon, pickles, red onion & BBQ sauce but I think because I asked for no red onion they assumed I also didn’t want the onion ring, and that was sad because I definitely did 😜. It was super messy and delicious! We also split some chili cheese fries which were kind of meh.

While we were walking around in the ferry building we spotted a long line at an ice cream store, so we headed back because I recognized the name from my San Francisco research – Humphrey Slocombe.

I got one of their popular flavors, Secret Breakfast (bourbon and cornflakes) and highly recommend it! J got peanut butter fudge ripple.

What’d we get into after ice cream? Stay tuned for the next post to find out!

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