Thursday, April 19, 2012
Apparently April 19th is Garlic Day. That brings one thing immediately to mind for me: The Stinking Rose in San Francisco's North Beach area. It's a gimmicky tourist restaurant that boasts having the longest braid of garlic in the world. It twists along the top of the walls like Christmas garland. You know right then that every item on the menu will have garlic in it, unless you choose one of the four or five vampire options.
We started with a small skillet of roasted garlic and oil that we dipped our bread into. Once we'd finished that, I'm not sure how much we even tasted all the garlic in the linguine with clams, sizzling shrimp skillet, or baked fish dishes we had as entrees. It was good, but not remarkable. We were definitely there more for atmosphere than food.
After that we headed back out on the bus to see more of San Francisco. And would you believe, we had no trouble finding seats to ourselves that night?