San Francisco’s Ferry Building is no doubt the city’s food Mecca with its popular farmers’ markets (Thursdays and especially Saturdays) and high-end gourmet food shops inside. Doesn’t hurt that the refurbished former ferry station is strikingly beautiful.
In the past year, the Ferry Building had some changes in tenants, with some popular ones leaving supposedly because of controversial increasing lease rents. Not every spot has been filled, but several established tenants have actually expanded (Cowgirl Creamery added its Milk Bar last year; Slanted Door started selling its wares) and I’m noticing more and more pop up counters along the already crowded promenade.
It’s always fun exploring the Ferry Building, and during the recent holiday break I took some photos of some of the new things (or somewhat new to me), notably the recently opened American Eatery from Prather Ranch (which also opened a snazzy new shop across the hall from the old spot).
At the eatery, I tried the hamburger, which was pretty pricey at $8 for a simple hamburger with thinly sliced red onions, leafy lettuce and a special sauce. But it was actually quite satisfying, with its wonderful char grill taste and an expertly done medium rare patty. (The counter person said it would be medium, but it was quite pink that it was almost rare, but with the quality of Prather Ranch’s meat, I wasn’t worry about any pinkish parts.)
Here are some shots of what’s new, and you can also go to my Exhibits section to view more photos in my slideshow of the Ferry Building.
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