Warning: The following may not be suitable for Children under the age of 13 and anyone with a righteous mullet. Everyone else, join the party
Every year I go on a guys trip centered around a sporting event. This year it was the US Open in San Francisco at the Olympic Club. A vast improvement over being INSIDE of an F4 tornado during last years trip.
Then this happened. Gary Danko on Saturday night. One of the best meals I have ever had. Then, in a coincidental twist, my favorite travel website, www.tripadvisor.com (not a paid sponsor) decided to get into the restaurant review business and ranked GD’s the #2 restaurant in the country last week. I love tripadvisor, but do we need another food critic? Oh yea, that’s awkward, carry on.
Anyways Gary Danko. If you name a restaurant after yourself you are either a GREAT restaurant or you are a supreme douchebag. Well the food was truly great, but I guess he could still be a douche, didn’t meet him. Best appetizer I ever had was the Oysters covered in Caviar, just decadent. The Soft Shell Crab, Lobster Risotto, Duck, Scallops, it was all unbelievable. If you ever go to San Fran, you have to go here. I thought the décor was a little strange. I thought the top restaurant in San Fran might have a little more edge since this place was conservative. The service was impeccable, though our waitress was a little over the top in a “this is going to be the best meal you will have or I’m lacing your cappuccino with LSD “ type of way. Of course, I thought Joe’s Crab Shack in South Beach has the décor of a nice Cafeteria, but who gives a shit when the Stone Crabs hit your lips.
The Embarcadero was a Culinary Mall of Goodness. From the Slanted Door down the hall I may have gained 10 pounds.
We also ate at Tommy’s Joynt, right across the street from where we stayed. It was on Diners, Drive-in’s and Dives and had mouth watering homemade Pastrami and an unbelievable beer selection. And it was very reasonable.
Since we spent a good amount of time at the Olympic Club, we didn’t eat at too many other places. I did meet Tiger’s Mom at the 7th Green and it took everything not to drop a tasteless “Did Tiger really come up with Gatorades slogan “Is it in you?”
Anyways, loved the City by the Bay and can’t wait to get back.