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What I Ate: January 26, 2009 (South Beach Cafe)

Posted 27 January, 2009 at 12:39am by Michael Chu
(Filed under: Food, What I Ate)

At lunch, Papa, Cliff, and I went to South Beach Cafe (800 Embarcadero St, San Francisco, CA‎ - (415) 974-1115‎). I ordered a South Beach Pizza (a thin crust pizza with mozzarella, prosciutto, and basil). I forgot my camera, but Papa had his iPhone with him, so I used that to take this picture.
South Beach Cafe - South Beach Pizza

I grilled a rib-eye steak for dinner. I spread some Amazing Taste Steakhouse seasoning on top prior to grilling to see how that works out. It came out a bit saltier than I planned. The flavor was pretty good otherwise, but again it seemed like you could do the same with salt, garlic salt, onion powder, and black pepper and have the added benefit of portioning out each individual spice to your own preference. Also, it seems a little difficult to figure out just how much of the seasoning packet should be applied (the shrimp last week was too mild, the beef today was a little heavily salted). Also, the seasoning interfered with making a decent crust on the beef. Otherwise, the beef was excellent - Tina said it was the best she'd had in a long time. (My previous steaks have been a little overcooked because I was trying to cook too many dishes at the same time and lost track of the steak.)
Rib-Eye Steak

I wilted some arugula with J&D's Applewood Bacon Salt (which doesn't have any bacon and is completely artificially flavored). The seasoning salt tastes more like smoky salt and bacon salt, but that's okay. It lent some flavor to the arugula that didn't require me to render some bacon first (although, that does taste really good when I do that).
Wilted Arugula

I also cut a few slices of green onion slab from Acme Bread.
Acme Bread Green Onion Slab

2 comments to What I Ate: January 26, 2009 (South Beach Cafe)

Scott, January 27th, 2009 at 11:08 pm:

  • That pizza looks really tasty…my girlfriend works just off Embarcadero on green street, so I may have to surprise her and meet her for a meal. :-p

    Are they only open for lunch, or for dinner as well? Nevermind…I'm not that lazy…just checked, and they are…

    What pizza would you recommend for a first-timer there?

Michael Chu, January 28th, 2009 at 1:00 am:

  • I'm a big fan of the Antonio, but the Caprese is also stellar.