Well, this is it. Our last week in Cali. We officially start our journey back on Saturday and I am SO ready to get back to the thunderstorms, barbecue and proper sweet tea of Oklahoma. However, despite my homesickness, California has given us so many amazing experiences, meals and stories. To properly illustrate all of these things, I thought lists would be the best format! While I’ll pick a top five for each, the items on the list will be in no particular order. I’ll be putting out multiple lists this week, so keep an eye out! So, without further ado- Kourtney Top Fives of California: Meals!
Meal: Smokey bacon mac & cheese with grilled chicken and bread crumbs
The first, middle and last place we enjoyed during our time, Homeroom definitely has a special place in my heart. A classroom-themed mac & cheese restaurant with local craft beer and amazing desserts. I never thought I would enjoy mac & cheese for dinner so much. They even sell a cookbook!
Location: Jack London Square
Meal: Cheese Curds and Pepperoni Pizza
This one was also featured on Hawk’s list of favorite places! Definitely the best pizza we had during our time. The patio is perfect for lunch on a warm Saturday. Plus, the cheese curds were AMAZING. Hunks of fried cheese? Yes, please!
Restaurant: American Oak
Meal: Flat Iron Steak and Mashed Potatoes
This place was definitely the most expensive meal we had, but extremely worth it. American Oak houses over 200 American whiskey’s in their restaurant and feature flights, allowing you to try multiple. Of course, I had to try some! While I don’t think I’ll ever be a straight whiskey sipper, the experience was great. Plus, the food was amazing. After an appetizer, two entrees, two pieces of chocolate cake and a few amazing cocktails, we were both definitely ready for a nap when we got home.
Location: Fisherman’s Wharf
Meal: Dungeness Crab Spinach and Artichoke Dip and Crab Mac & Cheese
Hands down the best crab I have ever had. Our first stop in San Francisco, Boudin’s definitely go us into the SF mood. I would have taken a picture of the mac & cheese, but we ate it too fast…
Restaurant: The Sparrow
Location: Haight Street
Meal: Simple breakfast with amazing eggs and fancy hot chocolate
While not the most glamorous, indulgent or expensive place we visited, The Sparrow was great. We sat on the back patio, which almost felt like dining in a friend’s beautiful backyard. We split a breakfast, with me having a great coffee stout and Matt having an AMAZING rosemary and white chocolate cocoa. The simplicity of the meal definitely let us take a small break from the craziness of Haight Street.