Farmer Brown & Coco 500, San Francisco
Farmer Brown: 25 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, (415) 409-3276
My good friend Brian Sullivan has been busy designing and creating the very cool interior for new Soul Food restaurant, Farmer Brown. Last night Brian treated us to a very tasty dinner there. I am not going to say too much about it since Tablehopper wrote such a great review of it only yesterday and I couldn't put it into words more eloquently. It's funky, it's fun, my shrimp po-boy was very tasty, Fred's fried chicken could not have been more juicy and cocktails were totally slurpable. (Thanks Brian!)
Coco500: 500 Brannan Street, San Francisco, CA 94107, (415) 543-2222
Yesterday really was my lucky day. Lunch was the belated birthday gift from a dear blogging friend. But it was more than just lunch, you see, we needed to settle a dispute. Catherine claimed last week that Coco500 just might be her favourite restuarant in town. I have no argument with that, having been there no fewer than four times this year, it's obvious I am pretty fond of it too. The argument, you see, was about which was better - their squash blossom flatbread or their new cured salmon pizza which I described, just after eating it for the first time last week, as follows:
"It was a really thin pizza topped with thin slices of lemon, creme fraiche (I think), capers and wafer-thin slice of fennel. They covered it with slices of house cured salmon just for the last minute of cooking- leaving it in the oven long enough only to gently warm it, the salmon didn't really 'cook' at all. Then they topped it with dill, tarragon, some little green sprouts, chicory, flat leaf parsley and celery leaves. It was so unbelievably divine, words can hardly express how delicious. I loved the way the bitterness of the lemon and chicory played against the softness of the salmon and cream."
Naturally we ordered them both and pitted one against the other. They are both so tasty, it isn't easy to pick a favourite, but I am still siding with the salmon, and Catherine still gives the squash blossom the edge. It's a tough call either way. (Thanks Catherine!)
Want to bump into a food blogger? Coco500 might be a good bet. Quite by chance, Catherine and I bumped into our partners in crime, Fatemeh and Joy, there yesterday and we know that the mysterious NS is regular too, although we haven't had the pleasure of actually meeting him just yet.
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