San Francisco Food Guide: 7 Restaurants for Omnivorous Foodies
Who says that delicious food can’t be local, organic and sustainable too? From burgers and pizza, to brunch and fine dining, we've got eating covered.
1. Pizzeria Delfina - With two locations in SF, Pizzeria Delfina is a hip neighborhood spot that makes some of the best Pizza in town. James Beard award winner Craig Stoll's pizza comes out crisp and slightly charred around the edges. The small selection of appetizers changes daily and there is a reasonable wine and beer list that pairs nicely. Favorites: Warm Marinated Olives, Pizza Panna, Belfiore Ricotta Cannoli.
2. Bar Jules - This neighborhood spot in quaint Hayes Valley has a daily changing menu and is a great spot for Sunday brunch. Sit at the counter and watch the attractive staff prepare your meal as you greedily sip a french press of Blue Bottle coffee. Favorites: Whatever is coming off of the wood grill, Griddle Cakes, Baked Eggs, Blue Bottle Coffee.
3. Spork - They're cooking up a tight, ever-changing menu in this former Kentucky Fried Chicken turned hip neighborhood gem. Grab a cozy booth for two in the window and watch the hipsters parade down Valencia Street while sipping a beer or wine from the well-chosen list. Favorites: Inside-Out Burger, Halibut, Pot Brownie.
4. Namu - Fresh, local produce prepared using Japanese and Korean techniques by three brothers. Beautiful restaurant in the Richmond is worth the trek and makes a great, lazy Sunday meal. If the free bar snacks Monday night don't lure you, try their new stand at the Ferry Building Farmer's Market. Favorites: Kim Chi Fried Rice, Gamja Fries (at the Ferry Building), Scallops with Ginger Confit.
5. Coffee Bar - Housed in an old warehouse and sandwiched between the Mission and Potrero Hill, this spot is a favorite for locals working "remotely." The coffee is wood roasted in Oakland and a changing menu of sandwiches, soups, and salads attracts crowds for weekday lunch. A great place to waste away on a foggy SF day. Catch Radio Africa roving kitchen Thursday and Friday nights. Favorites: Neapolitan Espresso, Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese.
6. Radius - Just opened last month, all of the food here is sourced from within 100 miles of SF. Located in SOMA, it's open late 7 days a week. Part café, market and wine bar, there is a great patio for sunny days and a small, hearty menu at dinner. Adjacent full service restaurant is set to open soon. Favorites: Ritual Coffee, Goat Milk Butter, Pork Belly Sandwich.
7. Chez Panisse - Across the Bay in Berkeley, Chez Panisse needs no introduction. This is the mother of all local, sustainable bay area restaurants and it's still doing what it does best: simple, elegant food with the best quality ingredients that can be found. Favorites: Set menu.
This article was written by Evan Bloom. Evan lives in San Francisco and is working to plan the 2nd annual SF Street Food Festival with non-profit La Cocina, an incubator kitchen for low income and immigrant food start-ups. He has his sights set on opening San Francisco's only authentic Jewish Deli, currently smoking pastrami out of his backyard. You can find Evan blogging at sfdelicatessen.blogspot.com