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Plow in Potrero Hill

Unless you wish to get into the lore of breakfast burritos, wax poetic about pastry, or are seeking outstanding examples of specific dishes, Plow in Potrero Hill is the best place to get breakfast in San Francisco. Notice the eggs, yolks cooked to perfection with no opaque color while the whites have just the right amount of crust. The herbed breakfast potatoes served with a pleasing crunch and the pancakes, simply divine in weight, size, and flavor. Artisanal house made pork sausage patties served slightly pink in the center, and perfect for soaking up stray syrup. My only issue with this beautiful display of breakfast mastery is the syrup actually – I would be surprised if it were a graded maple instead of an off the shelf imitation. A nice touch would’ve been to heat it as well.

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Dill Restaurant in Reykjavik, Iceland

Dill, located in Downtown Reykjavik the capital of Iceland is the first and only restaurant in the small country to receive a Michelin star. I visited before further travels into nearby Scandinavia when the realization hit me that the Michelin system is far too generous in the Nordic countries.

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b. patisserie and sesame kouign amann

A sous chef friend of mine and I were discussing the excellent tasting menu at Benu recently and he asked me about b patisserie. I had never heard of it, and nor was I a huge fan of what he reccomended I try there – the Kouign-Amann. Then he mentioned the magic words: Black Sesame, a flavor which could bring about world peace if given a chance (along with Taro). Try the Kouign-amann at b patisserie the next time I visit the bay area he urged me. I’ve never been a huge Kouign-ite. I often find the pastry a bit too flaky, kind of like the culture of Los Angeles. It is nearly impossible to eat one without resulting in a flaky mess.

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Tasting Menu at Benu

Early this year I did the tasting menu at Benu in San Francisco. It seems that I’m interested in doing expensive dining less and less these days. The bar is set so high for the experience when a high price is required. However, there are a few places that I know won’t fail to amaze, that I would be happy to revisit anytime my wallet can handle it.

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