Feasting on Fillmore Street

I had the most wonderful morning in San Francisco.  I feel I am spoiled to live so close to the city, yet sometimes I get too busy and don’t take advantage of getting in as much as I’d like.  As a mom it seems quite decadent sometimes to go to the city by myself and get to do whatever I choose.

So I went to Fillmore Street because I had a doctor’s appointment.  I was wanting a cup of tea and almost went to the medical building lobby stand.  Luckily I thought better of it and promised myself I’d go somewhere good after the appointment.  So I did.  Strolling down Fillmore Street there are lots of great new places.  First I saw Citizen Cake, which recently moved from Hayes Valley.  But next door there is a new (opened 4 months) cafe named Jane (between California and Sacramento).  This quickly caught my attention as it is adorable whimsical black and white decor)and smelled so yummy.   I sat outside and enjoyed a lovely chai tea and birdseed muffin.  The four barrel coffee is apparently a big deal, but coffee doesn’t make my stomach happy.  I was quite happy sitting out front on a bench with my tea and muffin.  Right in front of me, pulled up Elizabeth Falkner, Top Chef Master and owner chef of Citizen Cake, etc.  I felt a little bad that I was sitting right next to her place, but I was quite content, and I’ll be back.   She was carrying blueprints, so maybe a remodel or new restaurant is in the works.  You heard it here first.

I still had a bit of time to stroll Fillmore before I had to get back to volunteer duties at my son’s school.  I spotted a new Vietnamese sandwich shop a friend of mine had told me about called Bun Mee (also opened in the past 4 – 5 months).  They make creative Banh Mi sandwiches, as well as rice bowls, salads and desserts.  Bummer.  I was full and it wasn’t lunch time yet.  Thinking ahead I ordered a grilled five spice chicken (recommendation from patron buying 12 of them for colleagues) for take out and planned for lunch after my school duties.  I was happy with myself as I opened my tasty sandwich when I was hungry later.   This place is open every day from 11 – 10pm.  Can’t beat those hours for anytime you’re out and about.

I only wish I’d had more time to complete my meals and order dinner.  I’ll be back.  In fact I’m going to plan to visit a few of San Francisco’s neighborhoods (Chinatown, Japantown, North Beach, SOMA. etc) with my kids this summer.  Kind of play tourist in our own backyard.

Want to tell me about a new place on Fillmore or in your Bay Area neighborhood I should visit?  Please share.