Tuesday, March 19, 2019



The Mission District is considered one of the most interesting localities in San Francisco, California having been established hundreds of years ago. Avril Tours has this interesting initiative for those interested in local culture and food. In the course of this conducted tour, we walk about the district for a few hours stopping at select restaurants to sample their speciality cuisine.

My husband and I signed up for one of these tours during our recent trip to San Francisco. Our group that day comprised 3 journalists from France, their tour guide, their interpreter, and the two of us. We were fortunate to have a young lady called Margherita, who was enthusiastic and efficient, as our guide from Avril for this walking tour.

The meeting place, or shall I say rendezvous as there were French people with us, was the iconic Womens' Building in the Mission District. One can't possibly miss this because of the many colourful murals painted on its walls.

We introduced ourselves, spoke of the kinds of food we liked and were briefed about the tour. Then we set off for our first port of call, Craftsman and Wolves for the first of the appetizers. We had the Carrot and Chocolate Muffin paired with Dry Cider while the others had the Rebel Within, a cheese and sausage muffin. Margherita explained the origins of the restaurant and told us about Chef William Werner and his creations.

We then dropped in at Mission Cheese for the second appetizer. This chic cheese cafe is famous for serving and selling only cheese made in the United States. We were surprised to know that so many different types of cheese were made in the US. We were asked to guess the cheese as we tasted the samples along with locally brewed ale. Of all the cheeses that we sampled, we liked the Gouda the most.

For the main course or entree we went to Gracias Madre, well known for being the first Mexican vegan restaurant. Here we loved the Quesadilla with Cheese and Sweet Potatoes which was truly delicious.

Dessert was the Salted Caramel Ice Cream, considered one of the top five desserts in America at the famous Bi Rite Creamery in Dolores Park. This was awesome!!

Overall, it was a most enjoyable tour where we tasted what for us was a variety of new dishes.
Fortunately, the weather gods were kind to us that day. It did not rain at all for the duration of our tour  which made it easy for us to walk from one restaurant to the other.

If you are visiting San Francisco, you may like to add this tour to your plans. For details of the tour, do contact Avital Tours. I am sure you will enjoy the experience.

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