Writing a food blog while hungry is a little dangerous, especially if you’re blogging about a big food city like San Francisco. What I discovered during this past trip is that San Francisco really has a great food scene. With the big mix of cultures in the city, you’re bound to find some AMAZING spots to eat. Here are the five places I loved most when I traveled to San Francisco this summer:
1) Foreign Cinema. The perfect location for a date. Movies and food? What more could you want? I really enjoyed the sophisticated yet laid back atmosphere there. The restaurant, located in Mission, serves high-end Californian and Mediterranean inspired dishes. The outdoor patio is super romantic with all the little lights strewn across the entire space. Foreign Cinema is also a local brunch hotspot. They serve great charcuterie and cheese boards as well as really tasty mains.
2) Tacolicious. If you’re into Mexican food and have a thing for tacos, you HAVE to stop by Tacolicious on Valencia Street in Mission. You can also find them in Palo Alto, North Beach and at the Marina. Finding a table at this joint is almost impossible if you show up any later than 5pm. So either show up early or order some appetizers at the bar and wait to be seated. I see Tacolicious as SF’s version of Grand Electric in Toronto but with even more Mexican authenticity, which is awesome! The best thing about Tacolicious is all the different FLAVORS! Everything tastes incredibly authentic, spicy and is so delicious. I definitely recommend trying the plate of 4 tacos for $16, that way you get to taste a variety of flavors. They also have great snacks and yes, DESSERTS!
3) Dynamo Donut + Coffee. I couldn’t blog about food in SF without mentioning this place. This small joint is located in Mission and there’s another spot at the Marina. People line up every morning starting at 7am to make sure they grab some fresh donuts and coffee. The spot in Mission has a great back patio, where you can enjoy your oh-so delicious donut in a peaceful environment! All of their donuts are made from scratch by hand in-house with REAL ingredients. All of their donuts are made from seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Their donuts aren’t too greasy or big so you can definitely try more than one 😉 I honestly had to stop myself from eating too many.
4) La Méditerranée. Located in Noe and Fillmore, this yummy Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean restaurant is the perfect place for quick and fresh lunch or dinner. I love trying out new dishes and flavors, especially when they come from an area of the world I’m not as familiar with. I love being surprised by spices, textures and overall dish presentation. This restaurant did just that. It was all incredibly filling and tasty. A tip: try getting some sharing plates, that way you’ll be able to taste a lot of their different specialties. The restaurant also offers a lot of vegetarian-friendly options (see below!).
5) Craftsman & Wolves. If you’re looking for the cutest pastries, a good coffee or some tasty snacks, you have to check out the ultra hype Craftsman & Wolves located on Valencia Street. Their specialty tarts, croissants, scones and cube cakes are all ridiculous (I mean SO GOOD!). They’ve also got a selection of sandwiches for lunch and also serve wine and beer.
What are some of your favorite spots to eat when in San Francisco?