Eating my way through the Ferry Building


The Ferry Building at the edge of San Francisco Bay is the terminus for plenty of ferries — and lots of delicious eateries.


They sell other stuff here, too.

First off, one visit is not enough. The Ferry Building, which really is a terminal for some of the multitude of ferries that cross San Francisco Bay, is also home to some delicious eats.

Organic, gluten-free, fresh. Meat, fruit, cakes, coffee, tea, wine.

I dream of visits to the Ferry Building when I trip to San Francisco is in my future. I know I’ll be there soon. Hungry, thirsty and ready for whatever is on the menu.

My recent visit began with a stop here. It was lunch time. And there was a table at the Slanted Door. I learned about Vietnamese food at this culinary giant. Mint in the spring rolls, succulent shrimp in the Vietnamese crepe, five spice in the duck confit. My tastebuds were in heaven.


A nice sentiment in the window of a Ferry Building eatery.

We grabbed some GL Alfieri  chocolate and wine from the Ferry Plaza Wine Merchant for later.

Oh I knew I’d be back for breakfast. I arrived as the rest of San Francisco was rushing to work. Much of the marketplace was quiet but a few shops were serving breakfast, including American Eatery at Prather Ranch. I stopped to smell the bacon before walking on to see what else was on the menu. I could have had fresh bread or pastry, a cheese toastie, lots of different kinds of coffee. But you know what? That bacon drew me back and I started my Monday with a fried egg, bacon and avocado sandwich. By lunchtime, I should’ve been hungry but I took a walk instead.


Miette’s sweet displays are almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

The tall clock tower has beckoned for more than a hundred years. After the 1906 earthquake and fires, the tower survived and directed desperate people to the ferries to get them to safe places.

It was almost torn down but cooler heads prevailed. Thank goodness. What a wonderful place. Whether you’re hungry or have a ferry to catch.

Ⓒ Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman


The Bay Bridge is reflected in the bay side windows of the Ferry Building.


One response to “Eating my way through the Ferry Building

  1. We had wanted to park near there when we were visiting San Francisco. Missed it! aargh. Ok, now we have yet another reason to return for!

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