With roughly 3,500 restaurants, more per capita than any other major city in the United States, San Francisco is a city where people live to eat. During my two week vacation there, I tried to savour as many cuisines as possible, and will be sharing my culinary experience in two parts – Cheap Eats vs NOT So Cheap Eats. A few of the shops I have been to are some of the most reviewed must eat restaurants on Yelp.
Ike’s Place This is the most reviewed must eat restaurant in San Francisco on Yelp. If you want to try a gourmet sandwich, this is the place to go! Despite the premium you pay for the sandwich, the wait, and having to eat in the car (yes, it’s a take-out joint), it was well worth it! It was definitely one of the most satisfying meals I had in San Francisco. A must go place!
Speaking of over-priced sandwiches, there are a lot of them in Hong Kong. A tiny sandwich could easily cost you 50 hkd, you can easily find a handful of them in IFC. At Ike’s Place, a sandwich set that comes with a small bag of chips and a drink will set you back around USD 10 – 20. You will then have to wait at least another 20 minutes for your order as there is always a LONG line, yes even at 4pm. Don’t expect to be able to find a place to sit and eat as there are only a few chairs by the counter. You would probably be better off eating in your car just like what we did.
The Damon Bruce
I had my Damon Bruce on a Dutch Crunch (a crunchy bread coated with a wash of rice flour, butter, sugar, and yeast). The crispiness of the bread and the tenderness of the beef was a great combination. The warm rib eye was so juicy and tender everything just simply melted in my mouth. I almost didn’t taste the beer battered onion rings. This is the best sandwich I have ever had in my life. It was just so satisfying.
They had at least 20 different sandwiches to choose from and I wanted to try every single one of them. My husband and I decided to split our sandwiches so we could both try each others’. He had the Spiffy Tiffy on a sourdough. It was also very good, but it wasn’t like “wow”. If you want something a little lighter, you can give this a try.
The line outside Ike’s Place at 4pm on a weekday
Tartine Bakery & Cafe
We also went to the second most reviewed must eat restaurant for a late lunch one day, tried their ham & cheese croissant as well as their chicken pesto sandwich. Both looked really good but was incomparable with sandwiches from Ike’s Place. We were a little disappointed. Their sweet selection looked really good too so we brought a few home for later.
Chicken Pesto Sandwich
Ham & Cheese Croissant
Their sweet selection was definitely better than their sandwiches. Scones tend to turn soggy after a day but their scone was still so crunchy and fresh after two days. What is even better is that the paper bag that was containing the scone was not soaked with butter.
Although Togo’s is another submarine sandwich place like Subway, I would definitely vote for Togo’s anytime. They are known for their hot pastrami sandwiches and that is what I had. The pile of meat was very tender, great sandwich for what you pay for.
Although this is a fast food burger joint, the burgers are grilled to order and topped with fresh ingredients, not frozen. Some say they serve the best burger, but I am still a big Johnny Rockets fan. The buns were very spongy but the meat patty was a little too dry. Nonetheless, it is still a lot better than McDonalds. Also, if you like soggy fries, this would be a place for you.
In one of our previous posts, we mentioned that we were woking on a New Project. Over the past month or so, we have spent some time shopping, fitting and shooting for Joanne’s three new seasonal looks – work, vacation and party. Our goal is to show you how you can look chic without breaking the bank. It really doesn’t take that much to look good. Neutral and bold orange are two of this spring’s sweetest color trends and we have selected a couple of dresses for Joanne in these color tones. And ta-da! Here are the three new looks we have put together for Joanne:
Look # 1 – office chic
Beige dress from Zara $699
Belt from Zara $259
Beige heels from Zara $799 Total cost: $1757
Look # 2 – Relax @ Resort
Maxi dress from H&M $349
Necklace from H&M $99
Ring from H&M $69.9 Total cost: $517.9
Look #3 – a Night Out on the Town
Top from iPosh $459
Skirt from iPosh $359
Gold wedges from iPosh $699
Bracelet from iPosh $279
Earrings from iPosh $199
Total cost: $1995
In addition to these three outfits, Wiwiwed offered to sponsor the fourth look for Joanne – the beautiful bride. Joanne is wearing the Beauty gown from the Caroline Castigliano collection. The simplicity of the gown is able to embody the classic elements while retaining modern elegance.
Bonus look – the pretty bride
Wedding Gown from Wiwiwed
Let us know how you like the three looks and if you would like to challenge us putting togehter three looks for you!