Eating Our Way Through…San Francisco


The Bay Area is known for many things: fog, hills, the hippie revolution, cable cars, an ever-so-famous prison on a rock, and of course a world-class food and wine scene.  With such bragging honors as being the home of the inventor of the burrito as we know it, to some of the tastiest farm to fork food in the States, San Francisco has a meal for any foodie, regardless of price range.

Cheap Eats:

  • El Farolito
    • Best burrito in the city, and most likely the biggest. A burrito here runs almost 2 lbs!
    • Gets as authentic as you want (lengua = tongue), but known for its classics: steak and/or chicken
    • Be sure to get a super burrito
    • Paired with a Mexican Coke: less than $10
    • Cash Only
  • Giordano Brothers
    • A taste of the Midwest, Pittsburgh-style sandwiches
    • No coal miners, but that doesn’t matter: get fries + slaw right on your sandwich
    • Entertainment on Sundays in the fall is always top notch: Pittsburgh natives from all around the city
  • Marengo
    • Best sliders (mini burgers) in the city, using creative combinations from kobe beef to lamb with feta
    • Mix and match sliders and salads
    • The perfect place to watch a game with the wrap-around bar and discreet televisions
    • Extensive cocktail and wine menu guarantees that no one will leave thirsty
  • Tacolicious
    • With the motto, “Fingers not Forks,” Tacolicious serves up delicious tacos in every possible flavor combination imaginable. Sold individually, the tacos at Tacolicious allow you to create your own Mexican adventure
    • The margaritas, sold individually or by the pitcher, use fresh juices and high quality tequila

Date Night:

  • Cafe Des Amis
    • New to the scene, it’s a brasserie that has an ever-changing menu staying true to its French roots
    • Ask the Sommelier, Nick, for the best pick of French and Californian wines
    • The French Onion Soup is the perfect antidote to warm those cold San Francisco nights
    • The raw bar, including a Maine half lobster, is fresh as if you were right on the East Coast
  • Foreign Cinema
    • Take in some film noir as you dine in SF’s Mission district
    • The twinkle lit outside patio is a perfect complement to the delicious culinary fare
  • Hyde Street Bistro
    • One of the most romantic restaurants in San Francisco, Hyde Street Bistro offers a quick dash to France right in Russian Hill
    • For a memorable date, request the private table for two in a cozy nook  covered with frescos showing  idyllic images of the countryside
    • The steak tartare is some of the best in the city and the wine list has bottles from well-respected but difficult to find vineyards such as  Five Russians
  • Umami
    • World-class sushi right off of Union Street
    • The appetizers including the popcorn shrimp, edamame hummus, and lobster carbonara are perfect for sharing, and the imaginative sushi rolls and entrees will impress even the most discerning sushi enthusiast
    • On Friday & Saturday, you can get fresh fish from Tokyo's famed Tsukiji Markets
  • Beretta
    • A fabulous people watching scene in the hip Mission District, Beretta offers a plethora of Italian plates to share
    • Using fresh ingredients from the surrounding area, Beretta’s salads, pastas, and pizzas showcase perfectly the advantage that San Francisco has with its proximity to some of the best farmers in the world
    • Try any of the artisan cocktails from their menu, and don’t be shy about asking their mixologists to make a creative special something just for you!
    • Also visit their sister restaurant in the Marina, Delarosa


Top Eats:

  • Michael Mina
    • Representing Mina’s return to the fine dining scene in the city that made him famous, his new venture perfectly balances his talents in the kitchen with the relaxed attitude pervasion in San Francisco
    • The atmosphere is very warm, and the food is not frivolous. The flavors are fresh and the service impeccable
    • The tuna tartare is Mina’s specialty, and is definitely one of the shining stars on the menu
    • The chicken is made with perfect moisture; foie gras fried rice is unbelievable and as decadent as it sounds
  • Quince
    • Beautiful flowers, friendly faces, and farm fresh food makes Quince worth the trip for both special occasions and an impromptu week night treat
    • The amuse bouche was incredible and every flavor was clean and plate well designed
    •  Their private room is beautiful and a perfect location for a party for 12-16.