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10 March 2019

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Eaters Guide

As you know, Eater puts out tons of maps detailing the top places and things to eat and drink in the Bay Area. Below, we cherry pick the top one or two points on our most popular maps to help time-starved eaters prioritize which spots to visit.

As far as single item food experiences go, don’t miss the Dungeness crab Louie at Swan’s Oyster Depot, La Taqueria’s Mission-style burrito, or b. patisserie’s pastry revelation: the kouign amann. Article Here.

North Beach:

Despite its place as a token “Italian” food neighborhood, you’re not going to find the city’s best pasta in North Beach (hit up SPQR for that). But North Beach has nooks to explore and old-school charm to spare. Stop for a coffee at Caffe Trieste, a cannoli at Stella Pastry, and a beer at The Saloon (1232 Grant Ave.; hint: it’s not really about the beer). If you come hungry for Italian-American fare, get the cioppino at Sotto Mare or the pizza from Tony’s Pizza Napoletana. If you just want a satisfying meal, Original Joe’s is a guaranteed good time with a strong local feel. Also: you will not find focaccia better than the freshly baked slabs coming out of Liguria Bakery (1700 Stockton St.; Tuesday through Saturday mornings). Finally, Comstock Saloon is the hood’s cocktail destination, and Spec’s across the street is its divey mainstay.

The Mission:

In the late 1990s, Mission dining was just getting onto the map with new places like Delfina and the original Slanted Door. Now, The Mission’s exploding dining scene is home to our city’s most renowned restaurants: Places like Tartine ManufactoryAL’s PlaceCaliforniosLoloForeign Cinema, and Craftsman & Wolves. Not to mention: taquerias. Walk down 24th Street to get a taste of the neighborhood’s Mexican foundation. Walk down Valencia Street to bask in the hood’s gentrification — complete with $12 chocolate bars, $10 smoothies, and your booze-serving standouts: The Monk’s Kettle (beer and Californian fare), Beretta (cocktails and pizza) and ABV (drinks and snacks). The ideal day starts with a morning bun or some croissant variation at Tartine Bakery, continues on with a taco from one of the spots in our handy sidebar, includes a stop at True Laurel for a cocktail and fried mushrooms with dip, and wraps up with a dinner of smoked duck at The Morris, and a drink at a very excellent dive bar like Lone Palm.

Hayes Valley:

On the forefront of San Francisco’s rising rents, the de facto fashion district of San Francisco has a lot to offer on the bougie food front. Visit the site of the original Blue Bottle coffee kiosk for a New Orleans iced coffee; Souvla for a lamb sandwich and baklava-topped Greek soft serve; and Miette for California-French pastries that are (almost) too pretty to eat. Or stop by Petit Crenn, the casual spot from chef Dominique Crenn of two Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn, for a light and elegant French lunch. For an aperitif (or two), head to The Riddler, the neighborhood’s stylish new Champagne and caviar bar. Then try to squeeze into a bar seat at Rich Table around 5 p.m. for chef-driven cocktails and a mouthwatering California take on a NY strip steak. Planning head? Snag a seat at Nightbird, chef Kim Alter’s elegant tasting menu restaurant, and end with a nightcap at the adjacent Linden Room.

The Richmond & The Sunset:

“The Avenues,” as locals refer to the Golden Gate Park sandwich made by these two adjacent hoods, are beloved holdouts from “old San Francisco” — before Square, Facebook, and Uber were running everyones’ lives. Here you will find the best enclave of Chinese food in the city, along with pockets of super authentic Russian, Korean, and Japanese foods. Fans of dim sum should troll Clement Street with a portable dumpling from Xiao Long Bao in hand. Or go for the full lazy susan experience at Hong Kong Lounge or Dong Bei Mama. New hotspots include Pearl and Violet’s in the Outer Richmond. Don’t miss Ebisu for sushi and izakaya fare, Chili House for mouth-igniting Sichuan fare, Outerlands for a surfer-like point of view on farm-to-table seasonal eating (also amazing for brunch), and Trouble Coffee for the original toast that started it all.

The Tenderloin:

It’s not always picture-perfect, but if you’re willing to brave the city’s infamously SRO-addled streets, you’ll be rewarded with some of San Francisco’s best Thai food at the original Lers Ros, fabled banh mi at Saigon Sandwich, and Vietnamese fare — including but not limited to seven courses of beef for a mere $18.95 at Anh Long. There’s also been a recent flood of trendy newcomers breathing some new life into the neighborhood, specifically Japan’s Hitachino Beer & Wagyu, gin steampunk fantasyland Whitechapel, and two polished supper clubs: The Saratoga, and late-night jazz enclave Black Cat.

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