Archive | September, 2011

Monk’s Kettle

22 Sep

Pickle Jar

My dear friend and past roommate, Beth was in town visiting last month and we made it to a number of interesting spots during her stay. The first one we checked out was Monk’s Kettle in the Mission. A few different people told me that this was definitely a spot to check out, and we’re glad we stopped in for a late lunch before hanging out in Delores Park for the rest of the day.

First on our radar was beer. We’re both Wisconsin girls, so beer is near and dear to us, not to mention that Monk’s Kettle has a serious beer list. I opted for the London Pride, a delightful pale ale. Next, we moved on to the actual food

Seared Scallops

menu. The first item I noticed was the daily pickle jar, I was intrigued and had to check it out. This little jar, pictured here, had pickles, as you would expect, but also pickled carrot, green beans and cauliflower. It was quite good, but you have to be a fan of pickled things to really enjoy it.
We decided to share small plates, and my favorite was the seared diver scallop, which was wrapped in apple bacon. It was absolutely to die for. First, I love scallops, but you wrap a plump scallop in bacon and you’ve got perfection. The other dish we got was the flatbread with heirloom tomatoes, ricotta and basil. The flatbread hit the spot, but I still can’t stop thinking about those scallops… – 3141 16th Street (between Gurrero & Valencia)


Kung Fu Tacos

21 Sep

Summer has finally arrived in San Francisco! 80 degrees and sunny means a trip out of the office to hit up a food truck is necessary, especially when my favorite food truck companion happens to be in the city for lunch!

Kung Fu tacos has been on the food truck “hit list” for a couple of months but for some reason our lunch schedules would never match up to times when they were in the FiDi. Fortunately, on Tuesday they happened to be at Truck Stop, an alley at 1st and Mission, which was an enjoyable walk in the warm weather. Truck Stop is a similar concept to Off the Grid; their website outlines the truck offerings, which change daily.

Kung Fu Tacos serves up Chinese inspired street tacos, which have always sounded quite interesting, especially their signature roast duck taco. Their taco offerings consisted of: Asian Asada Steak, Nun Chuk Chicken, Pork and Roast Duck. I opted for the chicken and duck tacos. The chicken was topped with a garlic ginger sauce, cilantro, and carrot puree. I would give the chicken mediocre scores. It didn’t overly wow me, but wasn’t unpleasant by any means. The duck taco on the other hand was awesome. The roast duck was super tender and topped with mango salsa and green onions. It was really delicious. We all gave Kung Fu Tacos among the highest scores of all our food truck experiences, and we’ve had quite a few. We will definitely be back for more of these tacos when they’re in the neighborhood.