San Francisco is one of my favorite cities and I know that it’s a place I’ll visit again and again. If you missed my first travel post, you can check it out here, where I talked about some of the places I visited in San Francisco during my spring break. My favorite part of most vacations is good food (how shocking!) so I’ve compiled a list of where to eat in San Francisco. (Warning: some iPhone pictures in the mix due to me getting hangry and wanting to dig in without having to get out my actual camera.)
1. Brenda’s French Soul Food
I love brunch and I will wait 90 minutes for it – which is how long it took to get seated at Brenda’s but after so many recommendations, I knew this was something I couldn’t skip. There isn’t a lot of good southern food anywhere closer to where I live so I was really excited! Portions are pretty large here and the menu is full of carbs and other deliciousness that’s probably not very good for your health but perfect for a vacation diet. I got the Hangtown Fry which has potatoes, the best biscuit I’ve ever tasted, and an omelette with scallions, oyster, and bacon. Jared got beef cutlets in a spicy creole gravy and grits. We were stuffed, needless to say.
2. Bi-Rite Creamery
Eat good food. If I had to pick a motto for my life, I have to admit that would be a strong contender. Bi-Rite Market is a small grocery store that also has a walk up window to get ice cream. Many people recommended it to me (thank you!) so I was really pleased to stumble upon it on my way to see the Painted Ladies. I loved the cookies and cream as well as the Blue Bottle coffee flavors. Definitely a great pre-dinner treat!
I love sushi and I love burritos. These were delicious and really filling. Not much else I need to say here..except if you like sushi, you MUST try this place. Don’t be turned off by a long line, it moves really fast.
4. Philz Coffee
I’m not a big coffee drinker and caffeine is not my best friend. (I know, what a waste that I live in Seattle and am not a huge coffee drinker!) I do, however, love the smell and taste of coffees that are sweet. I knew I had to at least try Philz, especially the famed mint mojito iced coffee. The verdict: delicious, incredibly strong, and very minty. Not for the faint of heart a.k.a. me. Serves delicious pastries if you want to forgo the caffeine like I did on our second visit to Philz.
5. Boudin Bakery
When going to Fisherman’s Wharf, it’s imperative to get a sourdough bread bowl with chowder so of course, we started off our day at the piers with a bowl. The chowder was good but I’ve had better at small hole in the wall restaurants on the Oregon Coast. The bread, however, is so so good. Boudin is the classic option and you can even get a tour of their bakery. I had to include this shot of some of their amazing bread creations.
6. Bangkok Noodles
This was a completely random find but I’m so glad we popped in for a quick bite before we had to Uber over to SFO to catch our flight! It was conveniently located right next to Uniqlo (I mean, you can’t leave a city that has a Uniqlo store without visiting twice to see if you missed some things that you didn’t find during your first trip.) There isn’t a lot of seating, hence there seems to always be a long line, and it’s cash only but the food is delicious and the menu is extensive. We tried some new dishes that didn’t disappoint. Huge portions for the price!
7. House of Thai
Our hotel was in Lower Nob Hill so we walked a few minutes to this restaurant because we read really good reviews and it didn’t disappoint! The only downside was service was a bit lacking and the atmosphere was quite loud because there was a huge party of drunk birthday celebrators – not exactly romantic, but fitting for a casual dining place like this one. I wasn’t that adventurous with a standard thai noodle dish but the duck served over rice was amazing!
To my disappointment, San Francisco is not a city with many In-N-Outs, in fact, it only has one and it’s by the piers. The next closest In-N-Out is in Daly City but if you don’t have a car, I wouldn’t recommend trying to Uber there or ride a bus because the time/cost wouldn’t be that worth it. So if you’re heading to Fisherman’s Wharf anyway, stop here. It’s difficult to find seating but wait around for a few minutes and there is usually always someone wrapping up. Of course, look up the secret menu before you go if you haven’t heard of it before. Cheap and greasy and fast, completely ideal for when you have a busy itinerary for the day.
Located in the middle of what seems like a deserted neighborhood on the outskirts of Golden Gate Park, this place was the only business on the street that attracted a crowd. We expected a line going in but I was still surprised at the length of the line on a weekday. As someone who gets overwhelmed by a large number of choices, this was no exception to that but eventually I made my order. If I could change it now, I would have added milk, but overall the tea was great and it’s a fun place to completely customize your drink.
10. The Grove
A casual, cozy setting with all sorts of seating (couches, outdoor, long communal tables, and more!) where you can order all types of food at the counter and they’ll bring it to you. I would classify this as the perfect place to get a quick bite without sacrificing quality. The steak salad I got was delicious and the braised beef short ribs melted in your mouth. We loved this place after a lot of window shopping on Hayes Street – a place to buy upscale clothing and other gifts.
Now I’m hungry and dreaming of some yummy things..good thing I’m headed down south again really soon! What are some of your favorite places to eat in San Francisco??