June 20, 2010

HLFD in SF: Farmers Market / Ferry Plaza Marketplace

For much of our San Fran trip, you could have found us at the Ferry Plaza Marketplace.  From food trucks to fresh produce from the farmers market, it has been our go-to SF spot that we have visited again and again.  We hope you enjoy our look back on our favorite SF tourist attraction.

Morning pick-me-up from Blue Bottle Coffee.
Breakfast in bed just got better with fresh fruit from the farmers market, Frog Hollow farm (hooray for Bing cherry season!), and fresh walnut bread from Acme Bread Co.
Satisfying our seafood cravings (I think I dream about that crab tower!) at Ferry Plaza Marketplace and Hog Island Oysters.
One of our lunches was biting into this juicy burger with egg and ham from Prather Ranch Meat Co.  (Yes, that's my hungry hubby digging in during my little photo shoot!)
Tacos 2 ways:  Korean tacos from Namu (2 for $5) and Tacolicious trio (3 for $9).  The Korean tacos were an interesting concept, using seaweed instead of tortilla and filled with kalbi (Korean short rib), rice, and kimchee salsa.  It was tasty, but more like a snack than a meal.  While we found the chorizo and potato taco a little dry, we really loved the melt-in-your-mouth beef short rib taco and beer braised chicken taco from the Tacolicious stand.
Bacon maple donut and whiskey glazed scone were our afternoon snack of choice.
Weekend Brunch:  Saturday morning at the Ferry Building means getting up early to wait in line at Primavera.  My absolute favorite dish is the Shrimp and Snapper Tostadas de Ceviche ($10) with avocado, lime mayonnaise, and tapatio salsa.  The seafood is so fresh and I love the crunch of the tostadas.
We also got the Tacos al Pastor ($9.50) which had marinated pork, citrus chile de arbol salsa, shaved pineapple, radishes, onion, and cilantro.  This was a heavier dish that had some good flavor (though I still preferred the lighter ceviche).
Having spent most of our SF time at the marketplace, we had to bring a piece of it home.  Red carrots, mushrooms, and fresh pea shoots made their wait into our carry-on and provided a wonderful dinner when we got back home to NYC.

The Ferry Plaza Marketplace is located along the Embarcadero at the foot of Market Street.


  1. If you go to Namu again, you have to get the gamja fries or the pancake to go with the Korean tacos. Yum!

  2. It looks like you truly ate your way through the Ferry Building. Summer in California is a must for anyone who loves quality cherries, peaches, strawberries and figs. Frog Hollow peaches are amazing!

    I think that may be the first time I've ever seen red carrots! Amazing!

  3. Found you through Fresh Local and Best. I have not yet made it to California and your tribute to food on your trip just made me bump it up on my travel list! Fabulous!

  4. I love the burger, next time I am in SF I am going to try it. Also your picture with waffle and the bay bridge is amazing! As for coffee I roast my own so no Blue Bottle for me :). Although last time I had it I liked it.

  5. Nice post on the SF Ferry Building Farmers Market. I enjoy going there once a month and taking advantage of all the wonderful finds there. A suggestion for next time you are there - have a porchetta sandwich from Roli Roti - they are typically right behind Sur La Table. A long wait - but completely worth it!

  6. @Lisa - Thanks so much! We actually did enjoy the Roli Roti sandwich...Check out our Bites of SF post: http://www.highlowfooddrink.com/2010/06/hlfd-in-sf-bites-of-san-francisco.html
    We also enjoyed the Scream Sorbet also found at the farmers market.

  7. Love this post as it brings back happy memories of the Foodbuzz festival and sweet anticipation of the hours I am likely to spend there this coming August!

  8. Your fabulous photos here are sure making me hungry for lunch!

  9. I spent a Saturday there last August as my daughter lives in palo Alto - think I have told you that. great to see it through some one else's eyes. I did an epic post on it last year... I mean, epic!

  10. This is my favorite place to go when I go to SF-I always stay at the Hyatt across the street-so I can pop over. Did you eat at the Slanted Door?

  11. Happy Canada Day-Enjoy your Timmy's!!!

  12. @Mardi and Natasha - Thanks! Wish I was back there!

    @Valerie - You're so lucky to be able to visit your daughter out in Palo Alto. She's so close to so many great food places!

    @Esme - Yes we did check out The Slanted Door and enjoyed our stay (http://www.highlowfooddrink.com/2010/06/hlfd-in-sf-slanted-door.html)


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