Today was Scot’s last day at my company. I got to go to a last-minute lunch celebrating his farewell. Scot, whose real name is Ian (I call him Scot because he looks like a Scotsman), wanted to go downtown and eat at either Townhall or Salt House.
Too bad they were booked. We ended up going to Zuni’s again since it’s right around the corner. It’s kind of sad that Zuni’s is our go-to. A lot of people love Zuni and make it a destination spot because of the roast chicken and bread salad, but we go all the time for company lunches so it’s become almost passe. We were sat at the upstairs balcony again, like usual, and ordered salads and soup to start, as always.
I got the arugula salad with egg salad crostini and my coworkers got the white bean puree soup with the paprika oil. Both excellent.
Even though we go all the time, we have never gotten the roasted chicken and bread salad. In all the times we’ve been, we never got that particular dish because it takes an hour after it’s ordered to hit the table and we generally don’t want to take super-long lunches especially when it’s on company time.Today though, since it’s Scot’s last day, we bit the bullet and ordered the chicken. I don’t even eat chicken and was greatly excited.
The chicken really did take an hour and in the interim, we feasted on two pizzas and shoestring fries. I do love the food at Zuni. It’s all so fresh, delicate and seasonal. Not to mention extremely tasty.
The piece de resistance finally arrived. Golden and brown, the skin of the chicken was wreathed in salad and the meat itself laid lovingly over bread salad. I ate my salmon entree and watched my coworkers go to town. Silence reigned at the table. They said it was definitely worth the wait.
After the amazing chicken (and my salmon dish) we were all stuffed to the brim, but I always get dessert. So we all got dessert. Bittersweet chocolate pot de creme, rhubarb sorbet, Armagnac ice cream (way too alcoholic for me, Scot’s pick), and flourless chocolate cake. All delicious, except for the ice cream which was crazily intense.
Lunch ended up taking two and a half hours. Whatever, Scot’s last day!
It was fantastic.
Posted by Jennifer K. on May 25, 2011
Since I do not have a house elf and I don’t require Jenn to make my meals (at least for now j/k), I had to forage for my dinner Saturday night. I headed out into the San Franciscan wild in search for some Chinese. I knew of a little place around the corner from our apartment and I was excited to try it. Sadly it closed 5 minutes before I arrived. Then I headed down Polk to try out an East Coast deli that I had my eye on for some time. But that was closed too. Frustrated, I started walking back home trying to figure out where I was going to go for some chow. Unwittingly, I just walked into Pancho’s on Polk and Clay.
I love the decor of this place because it’s filled with little knickknacks. I really enjoyed the sign-post that showed the distance to Alcatraz and even Timbuktu. I ordered a chicken burrito, took my pictures, and started walking back to the apartment. About halfway, I realized I totally forgot to call Jenn to see what she wanted for dinner. I am glad I remembered because that would have been an epic fail. The last thing I wanted was to evoke the wrath of a hungry girlfriend. I explained the situation over the phone, and ended up heading to Bite to get her the Tree Sitter.
This local sandwich place gets so much of my money. Even when I’m not eating there, I still buy a sandwich. Without asking Jenn, I made some crucial modifications that earned me some huge brownie points ie. no onions and on wheat bread She was very impressed that I remembered her likes/dislikes. While I was waiting, I purchased a large Steam next door at the liquor store.
This was a quality burrito. The chicken was moist & flavorful and the hot sauce had a nice kick. Sean always chides me for cheating on Super Taco, our childhood burrito joint, whenever I eat burritos elsewhere. We always get carne asada there so it can’t be cheating if I get chicken at Pancho’s right?
Strength and Honor,
Posted by M on January 31, 2011