We’ve talked before about the unreal food scene in San Francisco, here, but now that we’re a little bit settled in I wanted to tell you about some of our favorites so far! The nice thing is that there so many choices, and SO many amazing restaurants that you might have a hard time finding a bad meal. I swear, the people of SF live for waiting in line (theres a tumblr dedicated to this BTW), but not me. There are tons of unreal restaurants that are lesser-known or maybe just not as busy as those cult classics. What are your favorite spots to dine in SF?
The Corner Store, Laurel Heights
The Corner Store is an unsuspecting spot in Laurel Heights with the power to solve even the biggest hangover nightmares. It’s menu is small but has something for everyone, and it’s interior has a sweet country diner feel with chalkboard writings on the wall.
what to order: fried chicken sandwich (literally the best we ever had!) with housemade pickles, TCS burger, and a Mexican chocolate boozy milkshake
This well known taco spot is perfect for large groups. Their Mexican meatball is so good that we got the recipe from the chefs. The dishes are made to share and their tacos come flying out in orders of 10 all night long!
what to order: Albondigas (Mexican meatball soup), carnitas taco, braised chicken taco, pasion margarita with habaneros!
Bun Mee, Pac Heights/Union Sq.
We popped into the Fillmore street location by accident after an appointment at DryBar across the street, and we couldn’t be happier! Fresh ingredients, delicious sandwiches, and speedy service. The classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich is taken to new heights with a caramel mayo and spicy jalapeños.
what to order: grilled five spice chicken banh mi, saigon peanut rice bowl, S&P garlic fries
Louie’s Gen Gen Room, Lower Nob Hill
Louie’s Gen Gen Room opened up in the basement of Liholiho Yacht Club in June, as Chef Ravi Kapur’s answer to a departure from the Hawaiian food upstairs at Liholiho. It’s a trendy cocktail bar serving up lots of waffle sandwiches and unreal tropical-inspired cocktails.
what to order: french onion potato chips with smoked trout caviar, grilled cheese waffle, and an el nino
Takara Sushi, Castro
This is our go-to date night spot in the Castro. It’s close to home and the sushi is SO fresh. They have creative rolls and the service is on point. It’s a tiny spot so sometimes you have to wait a little bit but it is 100% worth it.
what to order: shishito peppers, spunk roll, SF roll, The bomb, and gyoza
This cozy Marina spot serves up French Californian fare that will delight your tastebuds. Make sure to check out Isa for their Prix Fix menu Sunday – Thursday for a sweet deal to split with a gf or on a date night! Come for the delicious food, stay for the heated patio ; )
what to order: Prix Fix menu, PEI mussels, truffle risotto, pan roasted chicken, and a number 7 cocktail
Coffee Bar, The Mission
Okay, I feel like we say this all of the time, but this was literally the best avocado toast we’ve ever had. Grab yourself an avo toast and a cafe au lait and grab a seat. Here to do work? The vibes at Coffee Bar are actually enjoyable and will not make you feel like you’re in a library with everyone typing diligently away with headphones on. The high ceilings allow for plenty of natural light and the light fixtures look like works of art.
what to order: avocado toast, add hardboiled egg (promise!) and a cafe au lait
Stem Kitchen & Garden, Mission Bay
I can’t speak too much to the food at Stem but their outdoor patio/garden is complete with a bocce court and fire pits that will transport you to another place. Twinkle lights with a view over Mission Bay gives off an industrial Brooklyn feel. We drank plenty of champs and enjoyed a charcuterie board, fireside.
La Boulangerie SF, Cole Valley
You’d be hard pressed to find a better almond croissant in the United States, we promise. The name might sound familiar since La Boulangerie used to operate under the name La Boulange, and sold their baked goods at Starbucks locations around the country. The vibes are cozy and the people watching is A+ (like most places in SF). The lattes and hot chocolates are served in legit BOWLS, people! So this is the place to get your caffeine fix on.
what to order: almond croissant, egg white sandwich, basically any of their baked goods or bread,