My first apartment in San Francisco was a sublet in the Marina behind the rowdy Mexican tequileria, Tacolicious. I rented out the room for the summer waiting for my friend to get a job in the city too so we could live together. To say I lucked out with my temporary roommates, Michelle and Katie, is an understatement. They were two girls in their late twenties who took me in like a baby bear cub and helped me have the best introduction to apartment city living. We try to get together for lots of food and wine every few months and we chose Local Mission Eatery for this time, plus added my current roomie to make four. It was great for a girls night, but also could be a romantic date spot. All of the items are for sharing, so don't go with someone you don't know or like very much. :) The kitchen is in the back and completely open, right next to their in-house bakery. The rest of the establishment is composed of different types of wooden bookshelves encircling the dining area. My friends were a little late, so it gave me time to peruse through the books and see that they're all cooking books from various decades. Loved this idea and loved dinner at Local Mission Eatery!
Rosemary Focaccia with olive oil - Two inches high and had a great density between that of a scone and cake.
Green Garlic & Spring Green Fritters - This was recommended by our waitress and we were so happy she did! Big puffs of herby bread with a creme fraiche drizzle.
Marinated Artichokes - Mixed with fennel and served with a tangy lemon aioli.
Ricotta Gnocchi - Plush, full gnocchi with an unusual chicken confit (I've had mostly duck confit) and two of my Spring favorites - carrots and fava beans.
Braised Pork Belly - I've been eating a lot of pork belly lately and though this was good, it wasn't a standout. The broccoli and whole heads of garlic served with it seemed out of place and plain.