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Two words sum up my Mel's Drive In experience; comfort food. Whether you're craving a burger and fries, or a meal fit to be served for Sunday dinner, it's likely that Mel's has it on the menu. On a recent stay in San Francisco, I wanted a good option for take-out that I could bring up to my nearby hotel room and enjoy at my leisure. The attendant at the hotel front desk said Mel's was a short walk away and mentioned that it was something of an institution in San Francisco. I ordered a patty melt with fries to go from a friendly guy at the counter, and waited less than 10 minutes for my to-go meal, which was packaged with extra condiments, napkins and utensils. I'd intended to get back to Mel's for a sit-down meal but never had the chance. You can bet I'll be stopping in on my next visit to San Francisco to sample more of what Mel's has to offer.
I went to Gracia Madre with some friends not knowing what to expect. Although I am not a vegan, I'm open minded and will try most vegan/ vegetarian dishes. What I received I did not expect! I ordered the enchiladas and was delighted by the cashew 'cheese', the mushrooms are what gave the dish the protein and punch it needed to fill me up. The sauce was slightly spicy and gratifying. My friend ordered a caeser salad for everyone to share- and thak God he did! The caesar salad was incredible! Not sure what was in the dressing, but it had loads of flavor; salty (but not too salty) and a bit tart - I did not miss the anchovies! The setting was warm and comfortable, I loved the long wooden tables and rustic feel. For all of you cynical of vegan Mexican food like I was, try it! you will not be disappointed!
I'd been trying to get to Beard Papa off of Mission between 3rd and 4th street near Moscone Center (officially on Yerba Buena Lane) for what seemed like months and was always either too early or too late. Parking is very difficult in that area but worth the effort. I had a Chocolate fondant(Fondant Au Chocolat) and a chocolate elcair. One of either would have been sufficient but I splurged. The eclair was light and full of mouse. the Chocolate fondant was nothing short of incredible! The service is professional and polite and the staff represents themselves well. It will be crowded at times because what they offer is so good. Wait patiently and you will be rewarded! I just learned that there's another location inside the Westfield Center at Market and 5th.