This is probably going to be more of a list than detailed comments because I was there in late July-early August, and the finer points of what I had aren’t remembered very well. Except for one meal at the airport, my San Francisco meals were in the Duboce Triangle area–some take-out, some eaten on site.
Taco Boys (on Market Street) - carnitas tacos (carnitas were a bit over cooked but they were still good tacos), good salsa & chips
Shanghai Dumpling King (14th Street) - Very good food. Had lunch specials of twice cooked pork and Szechuan beef with my dining partner. Also had Shanghai soup dumplings. Would not hesitate to eat there again if in the area.
Bonita Taqueria y Rotisserie (16th Street) - Had my first actual mission burrito here. It was a regular carnitas burrito and the one I liked best of the two mission burritos I had in San Francisco. I skip the tortilla at Chipotle and Qdoba, but the tortilla here is actually worth having. Good chips & salsa here, too.
Beit Rima (Church Street) -Take-out. I really enjoyed the beef kabob and chicken. My dining partner liked the food overall much more than I did. Also had falafel and whatever dips came with the food. Pita bread from here was the best I can ever recall having. Batata harra was a miss for me because it was so heavily spiced, I’d have been hard pressed to even identify it as potato. I’ve had a version of that at Mazza in Salt Lake City that was more to my tastes. Still, I considered it a good meal.
El Castillito (Church Street) - Take-out. Another regular carnitas burrito from here. It was good but I didn’t think it was as good as the one I had at Bonita. Also had al pastor tacos which were good. The not so good was a large cup of watery guacamole that didn’t taste much of avocado.
Los Amigos(Market Street) - Take-out. Had revueltas (pork, cheese, & beans) and hongos y ajo (mushroom & garlic) pupusas. First time I’ve had Salvadoran food. I liked it okay but I’d rate is as one of my lesser meals in San Francisco. They did have good guacamole that came with regular chips and some kind of thick chips. Yelp says this location has closed. I had to try a couple of times because they weren’t open when when their hours said they should be open.
Woodhouse Fish (Market Street) - I enjoyed this place more than the other two seafood meals I had this trip. The fish & chips were very good. And I wanted to have clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl before I left San Francisco. I liked the chowder here better than the other two places.
Mama Go’s (SFO) - First time I’ve had Filipino food. Chicken adobo, coconut chicken curry, garlic rice, lumpia Shanghai. Really liked all of it. The rice was very garlicky, but it’s very hard to make something too garlicky for me, and it wasn’t. For a quick serve place in an airport I was impressed.
HALF MOON BAY
Barbara’s Fishtrap - This was extremely busy, so there was quite a wait. Had prawns, scallops, rock fish, & chips from there. It was all pretty good. Some guy outside was raving about the scallops. They were good but not that good. Also had a cup of clam chowder which was good but not as creamy as I prefer.
Fisherman’s Cove - I had halibut, cod, & chips. Also a cup of Portuguese style fish stew and a cup of clam chowder. Clam chowder was okay. Didn’t much care for the fish stew. The halibut and cod were enjoyable.
Village Bakery - Had a sausage & mushroom pizza there. It was one of the best pizzas I’ve had in quite a while. The crust was about perfect.
Four Seasons Gourmet Chinese - Had sesame chicken, curry beef, and potstickers. I’d rate this as one of the worst meals of the trip, but even at that, it was still okay. The curry beef was far too fatty. I expect some of that with beef in Chinese food but this was too much for me. I liked the potstickers best of what I had at this restaurant.
Taqueria Davis - Had carnitas tacos, carne asada tacos, and guacamole & chips from there. Really enjoyed the food. It was a bit greasy but I don’t mind a bit of grease. The guacamole needed salt, but there weren’t any salt shakers on the tables, and I didn’t bother to ask for any.
Preethi - I went to the lunch buffet. I’ve been to better Indian lunch buffets, but the food was still pretty good. Had butter chicken , biryani, tandoori chicken, rasam, pakoras, naan, and some other chicken curry. The tandoori chicken was especially good here.
Raising Cane’s - Some of the best chicken fingers I’ve had. Good fries, too. I went there because there aren’t any locations of that chain near me, and I was curious about it.
In-n-Out - Been to the chain a couple of times before. I’m not as crazy about it as a lot of people seem to be. Just had a burger, fries, and a chocolate shake. Ordered the fries well-done, and they were too well-done. In-n-Out is okay for what it is.
My Burma - First time I’ve had Burmese food. Had samusas, pumpkin chicken curry, and beef curry. Really enjoyed everything. I was expecting stronger flavors but everything was very good. Worst thing about the meal was that I was seated by a window and was plagued by flies throughout the meal. I really need to remember to avoid that.
Tasty Gourmet - Some of the best Chinese food of the trip. Had potstickers, bbq pork fried rice, and beef chow fun. Standout was the beef chow fun.
Hunan Bar & Restaurant - Another very good Chinese meal. Had lunch specials with Kung Pao chicken, General chicken, fried rice, chow mein, and hot & sour soup. Also had potstickers. This was probably the best bargain of the trip.