August 1, 2014

The Latest from San Francisco

I made a quick business trip to San Francisco the week before last. It was great to spend a couple of days on the left coast just as it was getting cool back east. I was sorry to see that one of my old favorite restaurants, 1550 Hyde, had closed. It was a great neighborhood spot serving local, organic food. It has been replaced by Seven Hills which specializes in fresh pasta. It is still a great neighborhood spot — cozy and friendly — using healthy, fresh ingredients. I had a delicious rustic bean salad that was crisp and delicate. I followed that with fresh parpadelle with braised pork and figs. It was a tad bland but otherwise it was quite good. There were several good small production domestic and Old World wines by the glass.

I was also a guest of a client at Bourbon Steak at the Westin St. Francis hotel. I am generally not a fan of steak houses as the portions are ginormous with prices to match. The same was true here though I was being treated (that took care of the price) and I was able to get a reasonably sized filet mignon that was tender, tasty, and well prepared. The meat is all from sustainable, organic farms. The side of frites was delicious. We washed it all down with a delightful 2007 Elizabeth Spencer Cabernet from Napa.

I don’t have hotel news to report as I was able to stay at the elegant Olympic Club courtesy of a friend. I had business meetings at The Clift which was, in the Morgans Hotel Group tradition, as self-consciously hip and dimly lit as ever. The Redwood Room remains an lovely spot for a cocktail.

Not as thorough as my usual report, I know. What treats have you found while on business in San Francisco lately? For me, it’s off to Atlanta next week…