San Francisco – EverydayInsider! (TM) Trip 11B

Everyday Insider! (TM) always seeks to share places which visitors to San Francisco can use to enjoy California life with the locals and to experience the sights they have dreamed of seeing in the famed City by the Bay.

Yesterday, I shared one of my favorite spots, the Chocolate company’s own store at Ghiradelli Square, but there are many other stores there, too. I want to mention a few more regular eateries there, in case this is where you want to take a meal break (the company store just has desserts!).

___ Living in the Pacific Northwest now, but growing up on the San Francisco Peninsula, I know SF has great fish restaurants, but I am going to lobby for McCormick’s (a solid import from Portland and Seattle). McCormicks and Kuleto’s at Ghiradelli Square has very good seafood made in the West Coast tradition and the place has great views!

In the 3-tier main dining room, virtually every seat in the house affords diners Bay views second to none. The meals are expensive, but so is the rent! They are still in line with other upscale restaurants in the City.

Brunch, is the best bet, including bringing the kids. For any regular entrees, keep to the fresh fare menu and the simplest preparations. There usually are around 30 fresh selections a day in all the McCormick’s restaurants; they may not be the same in the different cities, as they like to emphasize “local”, as they should.

McCormick and Kuleto’s
900 North Point Street, Wurster Building
Between Larkin and North Point Streets
Phone: 415-929-1730

___ For a different Ghiradelli Square experience, later in the day think about afternoon tea at the Crown and Crumpet!

Tea is truly the universal beverage. Being born in Australia and being very familiar with Portland, America’s bastion for various types of traditional tea houses and also the city most responsible for introducing America to “chai” tea latte, I am pleased to see that not only is Seattle joining in the tea house movement, but San Francisco is too.

Long used to going to the Japanese Tea House in Golden Gate Park, this is a different experience as it a British tea house.

With tea, wit and delicious food and libations you will be transported to a classic, traditional-yet-casual tea salon in England.

It’s a girl-friendly, sometimes cheeky, room with a view, serving the world’s most popular man-made drink, indoors or al fresco.

You can enjoy this place with your children (there’s a traditional Nursery Tea). This is very suitable for a child’s birthday, too. Nursery Tea ($14) come with a 3 tier tea cake, scones and treats. There’s even a pink tea to go with it which is amazing. Some of the sandwiches included PB+J, Nutella (the Swiss chocolate-hazelnut spread) and a cucumber cream cheese.

As with most English Afternoon Teas, for either the kid’s or adult teas, you can make a choice among a myriad of tea flavors, but the rest of the menu is “set” i.e. you get a certain number of particular sandwiches, cakes, scones etc. You do not choose.

Americans usually would want to choose their own sandwiches etc, but that is traditionally NOT how it is done in English tea houses. Each kind of “set” tea has its accompanying menu.

There is Morning Tea, but their Lunch and Afternoon Tea service starts at 11am. It has the Tea for Two ($42 – $21/person).

As a palate strategy, start with black and green teas, then move on to white and herbal teas. Some enjoyable teas in each category: Marie Antoinette (black), Jasmine Fancy (green), Peach (white) and Piccolo (herbal). Piccolo tea, which is a South African red Rooibos tea flavored with honey and sweet berries. It tastes even more amazing with milk and sugar!

Remember, tea portions are dainty, but by the end of a properly structured “tea”, you should be pleasantly satisfied. Their scones and crumpets are delicious. As for the sandwiches, a favorite sandwich is the smoked salmon, followed by the curry sandwich.

Crown and Crumpet is a enthusiastic supporter for artists and crafters, and there are 2 gift shops! C&C is wheelchair accessible.

Crown and Crumpet Tea Salon
Ghirardelli Square
Phone: 415-771-4252
Days / Hours:
Breakfast served from 10:00 a.m till noonish Monday – Friday (9:00 a.m. to noonish on Saturday and Sunday)
Lunch served from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Afternoon Tea served from 11:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Evening Menu served Friday and Saturday 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Gift Store Hours:
Monday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m
Saturday/Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

More of the 49 Mile Drive, tomorrow.

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