When out and about exploring a new place, finding a great joint to eat can be a bit of challenge. If you’ve done the research you probably have a few places earmarked but a lot of times it’s nice just to fly by the seat of your foodie pants.
Found myself in San Francisco last weekend and after checking into our hotel, my group of four headed down to Fisherman’s Wharf. The Wharf is full of kitschy souvenir shops, bicycle rental places and small stands of folks hocking everything from portraits to Angry Birds toques.
Nestled at a block away from the Wharf on North Point and Larkin Street is the famed Ghirardelli Square.
"Incorporated in 1852 and in continuous operation since then, Ghirardelli has the richest heritage of any American chocolate company. Ghirardelli continues to honor its heritage to this day." - ghirardelli.com
On one corner of the square is Lori’s Diner. The chain has a few spots available in the city but the Ghirardelli Square location offers up views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay (if you get seated in that section, which we didn’t). This was made up for by the awesome vintage feel of the place; from the tables, to the black and white tiles to the gorgeous jukebox.
We were lead to our table by a hostess after a short wait. Our server was very friendly doling out our menus. I have a bit of a fried chicken problem so ordered it straight away with barley a sideways glance at the rest of the menu. The “Southern Fried Chicken” was dserved with coleslaw and fries ($12.50). The dish was comprised of a leg, wing, thigh and breast. The batter was super crunchy which I love but had some sort of sweet element to it that I wasn’t super keen on. The meat was super moist until I got to the breast which was a bit dry. I opted for garlic fries ($1.50 extra) and the fries were sprinkled with parsley and garlic but I hoped there would be more to it. The coleslaw was lackluster.
Amy went with the Going Bananas milkshake which she dubbed as amazing and had the Deepfried Shrimp ($12.95) for her main. “It was alright, some of the shrimp was a little soggy,” she said.
Kathy — our wheat-free eater of the group — went with the garden salad with grilled chicken. “I loved the chicken, it was really good,” she said adding the ranch dressing was also great.
Anne had the BLT and chose to add avocado. She experienced, like most BLT sandwich eaters, a bit of a raw roof of her mouth thanks to the toast. She enjoyed the sandwich but said she probably wouldn’t get it again as it didn’t hold together well and the bacon was a bit chewy.