I can’t believe it’s already August!! I’ve been working in SF this summer and the 2 hour commute each way takes up so much of my day. I think that’s why time seems to be going by faster…cause I have so little of it to spend outside of work. So I really look forward to meals. Like, really….you have no idea, haha. So these are some of my favorites from July. Hope you guys enjoy 🙂
1. Tony P’s Dockside Grill: Came here while I was in LA for 4th of July weekend. The food here is great, the view is amazing, and the prices are super reasonable. I highly recommend their clam chowder and the spicy Louisiana seafood creole. The seafood creole comes with A LOT of seafood and has a ton of flavor. And it’s really not that spicy! There’s a slight kick that just helps to bring out the flavor of the rest of the dish. Super delicious.
2. Chelo Creamery: I really wanted to try the Chelo Rolls (rolled ice cream) here, but we were in a rush so I opted for a sundae instead. And it did not disappoint! I got the Queenie sundae, which comes with guava cobbler gelato, vanilla custard, graham cracker crumbles, and strawberry sauce. So delicious omg. The guava ice cream is amazing. It’s not too sweet at all and has a very creamy texture. Loved how they combined the graham cracker crumbles into the gelato. The vanilla custard was also delicious and went very well with the rest of the sundae (especially the guava gelato). For $4.50, I’d say it’s an ok serving size…maybe a little bit on the small size, but the creative combination is so worth it!
3. Harris Ranch Inn & Restaurant: Man…this was an expensive pit stop. A couple of our friends told us about this place, and since we were driving back to SF from LA, we thought it would be the perfect break point. Anyway, I’m a prime rib kind of gal, so of course I went for their prime rib. The 8 oz. cut is $34 and it comes with veggies, mashed potatoes, and either soup or salad. Most of the stuff they serve is grown on the farm/ranch, so it’s all super fresh. The texture of the meat was amazing. They used a bit too much pepper….so it wasn’t perfect, but it came pretty close to Lawry’s, which is my absolute favorite prime rib spot.
4. Rangoon Ruby: Cute little spot in downtown Palo Alto. Lovely food, awesome service, and reasonable prices. Highly recommend the palata (multi-layered pancake type of bread served with coconut chicken curry). We also ordered the chicken curry. It was really good! I just wish the serving size was bigger. I also recommend upping the spice level that you normally get…we asked for medium but honestly didn’t even taste a hint of spice. It was still very flavorful though, it just didn’t have that extra kick. The last dish we ordered was the garlic noodles. It doesn’t look like it comes with a lot, but it’s pretty filling! The amount of garlic was just right, and the texture of the noodles great–thin, flat, but chewy. Love this place!
5. Onigilly: Awesome place to get some delicious food to-go. So happy a friend recommended this place–it definitely did not disappoint. The line can get long but they run the place very efficiently so it moves quite fast. And you’ll need the time anyway to decide on what you want to order. They have quite the selection! You can either order individual rice balls (they range from $2.47 to $3 something) or get them in a 2 or 3 set combo. I decided to go with the Edamame Set. It comes with 3 onigiris and edamame on the side. Your final price will vary depending on which of the onigiris you choose. I went with the shrimp, the crab meat, and the pollock roe. All three of them were delicious! Surprisingly flavorful for such simple food.
6. Boba Guys: I’ll be honest…I didn’t think this place would live up to the hype, but I’m so happy that it did. 100%. New favorite boba place! Came here with a few friends on a weekday afternoon around 3:30pm. There was still quite a line, but thankfully, it moves pretty fast. And you’ll need the time to decide on what to order anyway, given all the enticing choices that they have. So the drinks here are definitely not what I would call traditional, but they’re creative and every bit as delicious. After going back and forth trying to decide on what to get, I settled for the Matcha Strawberry Latte. Large size. ~$7 for boba…but so worth. My drink was ready pretty fast (~5 min or so), and it was so pretty! Be sure to stir it up before you drink it though, just take lots of pictures first.
7. Sno-Crave Tea House: This place serves hotpot AND dessert. The hotpot’s alright…but the dessert is the highlight. This brick toast that I got was pretty excessive….lol…but very tasty. Definitely get a group of 4 (at least) to share. You’ll definitely be feeling the sugar rush after. But I really enjoyed it! The brick toast at the bottom has the perfect texture. Soft with a slight crisp. Not quite enough of it to balance out the craziness going on above it, but definitely eat the toppings and toast TOGETHER. Don’t go top to bottom.
8. Hog Island Oyster Co: This place is pretty out of the way but totally worth the trip. And you can spend the rest of the day hiking in Point Reyes or something! The oysters here are farmed on site, and they serve them raw or BBQed. I only tried the raw ones, and they were so good!! They only serve the extra small ones at the bar and those are actually the ones with the most flavor. So don’t let the size fool you. You just might have to order a lot 😉
9. Poke-nomics: Of course I had to include a poke place! This is a relatively new place that opened in Sunnyvale. And it’s amazing!! See the hot cheetos toppings? Looks weird, I know, but the crunchy texture goes surprisingly well with that of the fish. The tuna, salmon, and hamachi are all really good (and fresh), and they’re very generous with the toppings. This is my new favorite poke place!
And that’s a wrap! Hope you guys enjoyed this food roundup from July. Stay tuned for the next episode in August 🙂