San Francisco, October 26, 2013—SPENT THE MORNING strolling among the di Suvero sculptures at Crissey Field and listening to Lisa Bielawa's Crissy Broadcast, for possibly hundreds of musicians — bands, orchestras, drum corps, a chorus, a band of Chinese instruments — but where shall we have lunch?
We thought of four or five places, but none of them turned out to offer lunch on a Saturday. I finally turned to Open Table, and was immediately reminded of a place we've wanted to try, but never think about.
In the meantime we'd run into a couple of friends whose son, it turned out, was playing drums in the extravaganza. One thing led to another, and we met for lunch.
I started with a Fernet and soda, then plunged into this quite succulent short-rib hash, with poached eggs and hollandaise sauce. Dessert was a platter of four big cigar-shaped brioche beignets with chocolate sauce on the side.
Grenache-Syrah-Mourvedre, Gerard Bertrand, Côtes du Roussillon, 2008: very nice• Presidio Social Club, 562 Ruger Street, San Francisco; (415) 885-1888
Once back home to Eastside Road, nothing more was needed but a Martini and a gougère from B. Patisserie, 2821 California Street, San Francisco; (415) 440-1700