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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Fun in the City

Last week Nate and I had the chance to go on a little date in San Francisco. SHN kindly provided us with press passses to see the Broadway production of Billy Elliott at the Orpheum Theater. With my sister visiting we had free babysitting (thanks, Anne!) and jumped at the chance.

We went into the city early (one of the great benefits of free babysitting) to grab dinner at Citizen’s Band.

It’s like a diner, only California style. You know, artsy ambience, seasonal menu, locally-sourced ingredients…but they serve classic comfort food. It was a great combo and we enjoyed everything we ate.

First off, you need to make sure to request the bread while you wait for your food. In fact, request it more than once. SO good. But be warned…a homeless person just might walk into the restaurant and ask you for a slice. For real.

To make sure we got some veggies in, we ordered a simple mixed greens salad. It was just that – simple and light and I was glad we ordered it.

Nate’s dinner was essentially breakfast…an over-the-top protein-packed mountain man breakfast. I believe they called it “Shake ‘n’ Bake.” See? The names of the food are as cute as the counter stools. Anyway, the dish came with breaded slow-cooked pork, some fancy sausage,¬†hash browns, asparagus and a fried egg, because why not throw an egg on there? Needless to say Nate was full for about 3 days, but he said the combo of everything together was really great.

We had heard that their hamburger was awesome, but the fried chicken was calling my name. When the waiter said they were more known for the chicken, my decision was made. The chicken was yummy. The breading was salty but in a really good way. Oh, goodness, in a very good way. The gravy was fabulous, and the greens and mashed potatoes were the perfect complement.

Of course we had to get dessert.

Nate ordered the sour cream cheesecake, topped with fancy dancy almonds and blueberry sauce. The cheesecake was YUMMY with a great, thick crust. I had to get the chocolate mousse cake because I’m pretty much unable to order anything else if chocolate mousse is on the menu. The cake layers were great, the mousse was awesome, and the chocolate ganache had this thin salty layer on the outside that was heavenly. (Yes, in addition to chocolate mousse, I’m also kind of in love with salt.)

Dinner was great. I’m so glad we went.

You may be wondering, “How was Billy Elliot?” Well…it was fun. The movie is loads better. I mean, that movie is just so good. It made sense that the play was turned into a musical since the story is about dancing, but it totally changed the whole mood and feel of the story. Nate and I thought it just couldn’t compete with how powerful the movie was. BUT…it was a fun show with some pretty great tap routines incorporated. All in all, an enjoyable evening!

If only we could get into the city for dinner and a show every week!


3 Comments »

  1. pictures are awesome, they are all great specially the cheese cake.

  2. Forget what’s for dinner?!! I want fried chicken for breakfast! I will have to check that diner out next time I am in SF.

    Those are great photos.

  3. could eat all of them right now. Even a simple egg looks apetizing.

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