San Francisco #1

John's Grill 01Bev and I are away for a few days in San Francisco.  It has been nearly 2 years since I’ve had a break, so this a welcomed respite.

We got a really good deal on our room at Hotwire dot com.  Considering this is in the middle of the tourist season, the price we got was remarkably good.  The kicker was the car parking charges—$40 a day.  We decided that it was worth the price, however.  We’re in a nice hotel with excellent service.

On Monday night we asked the concierge what restaurant in the neighborhood he would recommend.  With little pause he said, “John’s Grill.  Go to the corner above the hotel and turn right.  It’s two blocks on the right.”  We took his recommendation.

John’s Grill is about to celebrate it’s 100th anniversary.  It was made famous by Dashiell Hammett in The Maltese Falcon.  Some of its customers include Johny Depp, Renee Zelwiger, Keanu Reeves, Steve Young, and Derik Jeter.  The restaurant’s walls are decorated with the pictures of politicians, city notables, and various stars.  It’s interesting to see who has visited there.

Bev and I both agreed that John’s Grill is worthy of its celebrity.  The food was excellent, and the setting was fun.  Wednesday night we are going to North Beach for some Italian food.