Cross Country Cravings in San Francisco

Claire Britt
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The city by the bay. A beautiful merging of cultures, history, and nature. And a far cry from Upstate New York where I now find myself, wrapped in at least 3 blankets. I was fortunate enough to call San Francisco home for a time, long enough to hike it up Twin Peaks, but not so long as to buy a pair of All Birds. Here on the East Coast, I find myself experiencing the frustrating phenomena of cross country cravings. Until DoorDash can deliver by teleportation, I can only sit here and dream. However, YOU can and should order all of the following.

Burma Love

I sorely miss getting to choose from a seemingly unlimited amount of delicious international food. Burma Love claims the top spot on my wishlist. Start out with fresh, crunchy, tangy Tea Leaf Salad (Laphet). If you can stop yourself from ordering 5 more of these, move on to Platha & Dip, handmade buttery multi-layered bread, served with a side of coconut chicken or vegetarian curry sauce. Consider yourself warned, you’ll never stop thinking about it. Finish off with the Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup (Ohn Noh Kaut Swer). Rich, creamy, umami for days.

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Tea Leaf Salad (Laphet)

Mixed table-side, this salad is enjoyed by Burmese people throughout the country. A fermented tea leaf dish tossed with a crispy mixture of nuts, beans, and garlic with julienne lettuce.

Platha & Dip

Handmade buttery multi-layered bread. Served with a side of coconut chicken or vegetarian curry sauce.

Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup

Slowly cooked together with chicken thighs, coconut milk, onion, garlic, and turmeric. The soup is garnished with cilantro, fresh onion, eggs, chili, and lemon.

The Sentinel

Next on my list is The Sentinel, a hole in the wall sandwich shop that I happily frequented nearly weekly for 3 years. Do us both a favor and order the Roast Beef Sandwich, medium-rare roast beef smothered in horseradish cream cheese and smoked onion on a house baked roll. It’s just...really good.

Roast Beef Sandwich

With horseradish cream cheese and smoked onion.

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Proposition Chicken

Finally, my heart yearns for Proposition Chicken, a fried chicken spot where you can get an organic bird fried, flipped (slow-roasted rotisserie), or faked (crispy bbq tofu). Order the Fried Chicken Entree for chicken (one leg, one thigh, and half breast), a sweet buttermilk biscuit, honey butter, and tomato cucumber salad. I repeat, honey butter. If you’re not quite as hungry as all that, grab the Fried Chicken Sandwich - Mary's free-range fried chicken (rosemary lemon brine, herb crust) on an amoroso hearth-baked roll, topped with mayo, spicy slaw, and accompanied by a side of sage potato chips. I can only hope that someday we will meet again.

Fried Chicken Entree

Mary's free-range fried chicken (one leg, one thigh, and half breast - rosemary lemon brine, herb crust) sweet buttermilk biscuit, honey butter, tomato cucumber salad.

Fried Chicken Sandwich

Mary's free-range fried chicken (rosemary lemon brine, herb crust), amoroso hearth-baked roll, mayo, spicy slaw, sage potato chips.

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