Looking for some finger-licking good places to eat out in San Francisco? You’ll be spoiled for choice. San Fran has one of the highest number of restaurants per square capita. Some of the world’s best chefs are based in this city, though you’ll often find the locals raving more about the latest independent set-up.
The top spots are always up for debate, but these are my seven pearls of wisdom (#7POW), tried and tested by yours truly. And just for the record I’m happy to go back and try any of them again…you know, just to be sure.
This spot is mainly for breakfast or brunch, but whatever time of day it’s worth a visit. The decor is more traditional than I’d normally like, but it’s all about the food. Stacks of pancakes lathered in syrup, fresh crab, cooked to perfection eggs – name a breakfast item and they’ll have it. It’s no wonder there’s nearly always a queue to try this institution. See here for more pics, the address and to read a full review.
Fellow vegetarians step this way. The Plant is a chain and you’ll find a few of them in San Francisco, but the one on the pier is my recommendation. The food is piled high and full of flavours. Even my meat-eating boy loved it.
This place made my top three restaurants of all time so that should give you an indication as to how good it is. See here for more pics, the address and to read a full review.
Yes it’s gimmicky, but it has to be done. I can’t put my finger on why, but eating piping hot soup or clam chowder out of a freshly baked bread bowl is just so satisfying.
Boudin is really famous in San Fran (as is clam chowder), so you need to visit at least once for a quick bite to eat. The floating breads are also pretty cool to watch…at least for a minute anyway!
Where? 160 Jefferson Street, San Francisco, CA 94133
This pizza joint is in North Beach, one of my fave parts of the city. It also serves pastas and such, but it’s all about the award-winning pizzas that range from the classic options to the more unique.
It’s often jam-packed (more with locals than tourists), so be prepared to wait for a table or book ahead. See here for more pics, the address and to read a full review.
Normally I protest that there is always room for dessert. However, when it comes to sundaes at this famous chocolatiers you really need to start on an empty stomach. They are huge, delicious and you really, really, REALLY need to have one. I’d recommend the mint bad boy and eating it a ladylike fashion like moi.
Ghiradelli is more famed for its chocolates so you might as well get a bag (or five) of those to take home with you. It’d be rude not to.
Where? 2 New Montgomery Street, San Francisco (other locations available)
This is one of those cool, hipster places. Found in the neighbourhood, The Mission, you’d probably miss the entrance if you weren’t paying attention. Once inside you’ll soon spot all of the clichés; the ones with the cool beards, the ones with the top knots, the yummy mummies…it’s a super fun place to people watch.
The food is just as cool and features a little bit of everything.
Where? 2534 Mission Street, San Francisco
I’m not even going to apologise at how touristy this pearl is. The fact is this restaurant isn’t in my home town, so whenever I’m in the US I make sure I go here. The menu is huge and is full of comfort eats, like burgers, nachos and pastas. The fizzy drinks are as big as your head, but the real winner is the gigantic menu of cheesecakes.
I don’t normally like cheesecake, but over here I’m their number one fan. You’ll need at least ten minutes to decide which one to have. Oh and FYI, you can totally get them to take out. Perfect hotel room munchies!
Where? Union Square, 251 Geary Street, San Francisco
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