San Francisco, CA

Foodie Destinations: What and where we ate in San Francisco

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Visit the Golden Gate Bridge, snap a pic in front of Lombard Street, ride a bright red cable car, and eat a big lobster at Fisherman's Wharf. San Francisco is full of fun things to do, amazing food trucks, and a huge selection of delicious restaurants. Here are a few spots we loved during our last visit to the Golden Gate City.

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Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

  • We couldn’t resist trying an authentic Jewish delicatessen after hearing the rave reviews for Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen. The delicious menu was concise and traditional, just as we had expected.  Despite the fact that the small and welcoming spot was buzzing with patrons eager to order, their service was fast, efficient, and friendly. We sampled the generous and tender pastrami sandwich, warming matzoball soup, and perfectly rich chopped liver. Everything tasted fresh and delicious and had a distinct homemade feel. A must try lunch spot if you are in the city.

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Tony's Pizza

  • Tony’s Pizza was one of the most recommended spots and for very good reason. The menu is vast offering many American Italian favorites and a big selection of their famous pizzas. We loved the huge, authentic wood fired oven and cozy booth seating. Must try dishes include the limited and delicious homemade Meatball Gigante, crispy and juicy Peroni battered artichokes, and of course their popular margherita pizza which truly offered a taste of Italy. A great spot for Italian food lovers.

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Beretta

  • Tapas and a hipster bar are the perfect combination when catching up with old friends. We ventured to the ultra hip Mission area and found ourselves in the busy and lively Beretta for drinks and food.  The buzzing atmosphere and delicious cocktails got us off to a great start, and things kept getting better once the mouthwatering food arrived. The plates are perfect for sharing with friends and even better when paired with wine. Order the crispy pizza, tasty dungeness crab arancini, and the gnocchi with porcini and smoked pancetta. A great weekend spot for a night out.

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Roli Roti

  • The fresh produce and food trucks available in San Francisco were one of the best parts of the city.  One of our favourite options was the mouthwateringly juicy porchetta roll at Roli Roti. Roasted on site with drool worthy juices dripping upon their signature potatoes, the famous dish is not one to miss.  Served on a fragrant crusty roll with heaps of thick sliced pork, it’s no surprise they boast a long line of eager foodies. Make sure to add their perfectly cooked rotisserie chicken to your order and wash it all down with a cup of homemade lemonade. A definite must eat if you are in SF.

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Hog Island

  • San Francisco introduced us to the amazing oyster happy hour.  Who doesn’t love $1 oysters and cheap drinks? Hog Island Oyster Company Co. encompasses a tasty and fresh menu, great ambiance set within the farmer’s market overlooking the city’s beautiful waterfront, and friendly attentive service.  There is a slight wait, but they offer a happy hour drinks list in the queue so you won’t be parched or bored.  Make sure to partake in the 50% off oysters and the delicious steamer clams.  Everything is freshly prepared and we couldn't get over the buzzing vibe. A true SF gem for the seafood lover.

El Patron

  • We never visit the US without indulging in cheesy, meaty tacos and El Patron always hits the spot. The quesabirria is easily the menu favourite and insanely juiced paired with the signature beef consomme. Dip your heaping tacos into the fragrant broth and your taste buds will be in for a treat. You can't really go wrong with anything on this concise yet delicious menu and it's also great for takeout if you're in a hurry. We hear it's not exactly the same as Tijuana but pretty close.

Hook Fish Co.

  • Only a few blocks from the sandy beach you can't miss the minimal and inviting facade of Hook Fish Co. The menu is small but very fresh and everything is delicious. The lightly battered fish tacos are refreshingly full of slaw and avocado and we couldn't get enough of the addictive, slightly spicy poke and chips. If you're hungry go for the hearty burrito stuffed full of salmon and rice and the fish and chips are a firm favourite with our kids. The small joint only houses 15 seats so go early or order takeout and eat on the nearby beach.

Chowders

  • When SF gets cold and windy there's nothing better than a creamy bowl of clam chowder. It's even better when served in a classic sourdough bowl and reminds me so much of my youth. Chowders, located on Pier 39, is a quick no fuss spot serving up mouthwatering generous bowls of the popular soup. The outdoor tables are perfect for sunny days and you'll even find delicious healthy salads and enticing fish and chips on the menu. A great spot for family dining or refueling after a day of sightseeing.

San Francisco Chinatown:

  • One of the oldest Chinatowns in the United States, it's a must stop on your foodie tour of SF. Sample the spicy Sichuan noodles and Chong Qing Xiao Mian or stop in Mister Jiu's for Michelin star banquet style Chinese dining. China Live is a multi-story market, eatery, and speakeasy and you can never go wrong with the cheap and cheerful dim sum at Dim Sum Bistro. Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory has been around since 1962 suppling over 20,000 cookies daily to restaurants all over the country and you can stop in to personalize one as a souvenir after your visit.

Scoma's Restaurant

  • It might be touristy, but we still can't get enough of the fresh seafood at Scoma's. Located on the popular Fisherman's Whaf, it's the perfect spot for classic seafood dishes such as shrimp cocktail, clam chowder, calamari, and Dungeness Crab Cakes. Don't miss their Italian style "lazy mans Cioppino" and if you don't eat fish the Wagyu filet won't disappoint. The family owned restaurant is committed to supporting local fishermen in the area and have been around since the 1960's so you know the catch is fresh and great quality.

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