April 1, 2021

San Francisco; Little Red Window; restaurant review

San Francisco

Little Red Window  500 Columbus Ave./Union St., (415) 757-0600.  Thur-Sun 12-8pm.  

customer places order at Little Red Window in San Francisco, California
customer places order at Little Red Window
in San Francisco, California

Specializing in the half-moon pastry known as an empanada, this establishment operates inside a V-shaped corner building whose exterior is painted with colorful murals.  To order to go, look for the little red window.  From the selection of styles, I opted for one baked Spanish empanada stuffed with a chorizo and potato mix (next time I’ll also try the pork and peppers version), one baked Argentinian classic beef, and one fried Mexican bean in a masa shell.  Special sauces are optional for each and cost additional.  I purchased one for each and was a glad I did.  Patatas bravas, a chopped salad, and cheesecake are also among the menu choices.  This is the first time I’ve encountered cocktails that are canned in house.  I chose an 8-ounce Passion Fruit Moscow Mule made with fresh organic ingredients--vodka, lime, ginger, passion fruit, aromatic bitters--that was just the right amount for two people.  I took my order home to share with my husband, and we quite enjoyed trying one empanada at a time while we watched CNN.  Another good option is to take your order to nearby Washington Park and enjoy a picnic.  Parklet space is also available.

menu at Little Red Window in San Francisco, California
menu at Little Red Window in San Francisco, California



empanadas from Little Red Window in San Francisco, California
empanadas from Little Red Window in San Francisco, California



empanadas and canned cocktail from Little Red Window in San Francisco, California
empanadas and canned cocktail from Little Red Window
in San Francisco, California

2021 pandemic update:  This colorful place opened mid-pandemic and so began with to-go service only.  So the update is that the restaurant portion is now open.  Red Window is now serving tapas, including pintxos--a single-bite snack, and a new Sherry Cobbler cocktail consisting of a Sherry blend plus pureed peaches and figs.  



March 19, 2021

San Francisco; Shake Shack + Indie Superette; restaurant reviews

San Francisco

Shake Shack  3060 Fillmore St./Filbert St., 1 blk. N of Union St., (415) 405-4618.  Daily 11am-10pm.  

exterior of Shake Shack in San Francisco, California
exterior of Shake Shack in San Francisco, California

Situated in a large corner space, this import from NYC provides spacious indoor and outdoor seating.  My go-to here is the ShackBurger with a side of crinkle-cut fries and a black-and-white shake.  The burger comes without onions, so make a request if you want them.  And if you like pickles, remember to ask for a complimentary side of them--they are dill and delish.  Use the Shake Shack app to order in advance, or step up to one of the screens at the counter on site.  


entrance to Shake Shack in San Francisco, California
entrance to Shake Shack in San Francisco, California


lunch tray at Shake Shack in San Francisco, California
lunch tray at Shake Shack in San Francisco, California

2021 pandemic update:  All protocols are observed.  However, in the restroom the sink faucet was not operating and there was no hand sanitizer provided there.  The parklet here is nicely designed, with large picnic tables in each space separated by wood and plastic window-topped surrounds.  Unfortunately, it is positioned in the shade, and on a sunny late morning my husband did complain about how cold it was. 

parklet with parking meter at Shake Shack in San Francisco, California
parklet with parking meter at Shake Shack in San Francisco, California


Indie Superette  (628) 222-6642.  Daily 8am-6pm.  Situated adjacent to Shake Shack in this mini food hall, this health-focused market offers grab-and-go and an extensive vegetarian menu.  Think fresh cold pressed juice, cleansing kombucha on tap, and bowls of superfoods.

interior of Indie Superette in San Francisco, California
interior of Indie Superette in San Francisco, California




images ©2021 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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