I recently got back from my second trip to San Francisco this year. San Francisco has this magnificent ability to be a city and a suburb at the same time — with great food! Picturesque tree-lined streets dotted with Victorian-style houses in candy color shades give way to breathtaking views of California’s most recognized landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s also got a solid downtown, obligatory Winter-time skating rink included, and a Fisherman’s Wharf that is a seafood lover’s paradise. I could go on, but the point of this article is to tell you a few of my favorite food spots I’ve discovered during my past few trips there.
1. Chino 3198 16th Street, San Fran
Some of the best Chinese food I’ve had in a long time! The cuisine is smart and innovative, but still manages to pay homage to more traditional dishes. My dish picks: Chino Chicken Salad, XLB (a MUST), Shrimp Wontons in Chile Oil, and Forbidden Rice. The old fashioned was pretty killer too.
2. Little Star Pizza 864 Divisadero
Want really good pizza? This is the place. If you like meat, you have to try the Meateor thin crust pizza. And if you want something a little more carb heavy…go for the deep dish “little star.” And a bottle of Chianti.
3. Tacolicious 741 Valencia St.
Great for groups! Get the 10 tacos for $36 (make sure to get the carnitas and the short rib.) Also love the drunken beans and the made-to-order guac.
Typical local spot next to the POPSUGAR headquarters on Sutter and Kearny. I get the Monterey sandwich, paleo style, with a side of fruit and a soy latte. Such a good power breaky to start the day off right! Unfortunately, stylish sunnies by Westward Leaning not included.
5. The Citrus Club 1790 Haight Street
Venturing down to Haight is always on my checklist when I’m in SF. And while my affinity for vintage clothing has been dwindling over the years, my love for some of the restaurants in that area hasn’t. Great place to go to for inexpensive soup and some good spring rolls.
6. Cha Cha Cha 1801 Haight Street
I’m a sucker for Cuban food. This place is as good as it is fun, you can’t have a bad time at Cha Cha Cha. My dish picks include: plantains, Cajun shrimp, Jerk Chicken, and Ceviche. But my favorite thing here is the sangria!