Should you find yourself up north, as many of us southern Californians do from time to time, you need to stop in at Sidekick in the Ferry Building. Sidekick is probably one of my favorite places
in the entire universe! I just spent the weekend in San Francisco with Ellen, who recently relocated there. Now, I love Ellen more than almost anything in the world. Almost anything. Sorry I'm not sorry, but nothing, and
I mean nothing, captures my heart (literally) than a Weekend Raclette ($5.95) from Sidekick at Cowgirl Creamery. What the heck is a "Raclette" most people may ask? A Raclette is Cowgirl Creamery's Wagon Wheel Cheese (one of my favorite cheeses-an
aged, firm organic cow's milk cheese with a tart brown butter and cream taste) melted on toast with bread and butter pickles on the side. (See photos). Go to the cashier, pay, give your name, and watch as your raclette is prepared. Watch the cheesemonger melt Wagon Wheel on the Raclette grill over freshly toasted Acme Bread. Then grab and greedily devour! Get in line again like I do, pretend it's your
first time, then order Cheese Toasties ($7.95). No one has to know it's your second sandwich of the hour. Open-faced grilled cheese made with Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, caramelized onions, and maple mustard will blow your socks off! Top it off with
the world's best old-fashioned tomato soup ($4.75) and some ice cold chocolate milk from the Straus Family Creamery, ($3.50) and you're in dairy heaven. This truly would be my last supper. Sidekick Cafe & Milk Bar 1 Ferry Building San Francisco
(415) 392-4000. Hours: Mon-Sat 7 a.m.- 7 p.m. Sun 8 a.m.- 5p.m.
Recommended Dishes: Old fashioned Tomato Soup, Weekend Raclette, Cheese
Toasties, Grilled Cheese.