Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ferry to Slanted Door

Lakspur Ferry Terminal

The other day we went into San Francisco on the Larkspur Ferry to eat lunch at the Slanted Door with guests. Super!
The fast catamaran, The Mendocino took off right on schedule and we then went down the stairs to the cool little bar that has hand made Bloody Mary’s. They are out of this world, no mix for them. After grabbing our drinks we sat at a table and watched the SF Bay go by.
We had great views of the City and the famed San Quentin Prison hulking on the shore. San Quentin’s quite an institution. Opened in July 1852, San Quentin is the oldest prison in California. There’s also the small village of San Quentin next to the prison which has some of the best views of San Francisco in the Bay Area.
The roughly 30 minute crossing is so easy compared with the other ways into the city. It drops you right there at the Ferry Building and the foot of Market Street. 
The Restaurant is in the the ferry building itself, right off the boat and down the central food hall. Perfect. And this place is busy! Make reservations well in advance. We had a res for 6 and were seated right away at a large round table with a good view of the Bay Bridge. Perfect!
The Slanted Door’s up-scale Vietnamese food is very famous and quite good. Especially the Vietnamese Crepe that’s crispy on the outside and filled with shrimp, pork, bean sprouts and onions. Also liked the Shaking Beef, cubed filet mignon, watercress, red onion and lime sauce. There’s also the Caramelized Wild Shrimp with garlic, onions and chili sauce and many more wonderful dishes. Pretty expensive but worth it. Mmmmm!
After lunch we boarded the ferry and had a great return voyage. Got to see the new tower being built for the Bay Bridge earthquake retrofit peeking over famed Treasure Island from a water angle. There’s so many things to see from the ferry that you just can’t see from a car. We’re going to go into the City this way again soon. Great trip. Highly Recommended!
New Tower for BayBridge
Coit Tower

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  1. That is awesome! Also came from twitter. Sounds like you had a good time, and good luck on your blog! I'm having trouble figuring out how to follow blogspot blogs, and yours looks interesting. I'm new to this lol. How do I follow you?