Bon Appétit magazine has recently praised San Francisco for being the best food city in the country right now, and no arguments here. With several friends lucky enough to be living in this west coast foodie heaven, I'm hearing all kinds of great things that need to be shared! We've reached out to an awesome couple and San Franciscan transplants who more than have their finger on the pulse of the restaurant landscape. Here are their top ten recommendations for places not to be missed, plus a few bonus spots as well.
199 Gough Street
Our favorite restaurant that somehow Michelin has overlooked. Creative, delicious new American. Porcini doughnuts are a must. Their tasting menu is an extravaganza for your palate.
PC Rich Table
Anchor Oyster Bar
579 Castro Street
Homey, neighborhood seafood. First come, first serve. Pro tip: After you put your name on the board tell the host you're going to be across the street in the wine bar and they'll come get you. Oysters, caesar, cioppino, garlic bread, done.
3856 24th Street
Our favorite sushi in the city. Right in the heart of Noe Valley Saru is a neighborhood joint, but better than all the over-hyped and over-priced sushi restaurants downtown. They don't take reservations but you can call and leave your name. Focus on the nigiri and always get the Hamachi truffle starter.
312 8th Avenue
In a city filled with amazing Asian food, Halu will make you feel like you're in a real Izakaya tucked deep away in a Tokyo neighborhood. Order all the yakitori skewers and don't miss the beef belly, yes that's beef belly.
564 4th Street
Because Chris Cosentino consistently pumps out big, flavorful dishes cooked over wood fire in a high energy space.
1499 Valencia Street
Yes they're popular and Bon Appetit named them best new restaurant in 2015, and that's why they deserve to be on this list. Creative, tasty dishes that are leaning more and more toward proteins but they're still nailing the veggie dishes.
PC Al's Place
1658 Market Street
Because it's Zuni. Oysters, caesar, chicken, shoe string fries. Need we say more?
3150 24th Street
When you need a taste of NYC. Their pastrami is on point and used impeccably in their reuben.
PC Wise Sons
1911 Fillmore Street
When you need Italian in SF and can get a reservation SPQR is our go to.
PC Matthew Accarrino
2821 California Street
We couldn't just focus on dinner. Yes, Tartine is great as is Mr. Holmes, but B Patisserie takes the cake (yep, pun intended) for best all around baked goods from breakfast (kouign amann) to dessert (chocolate chips cookies).
PC B. Patisserie
Others we love...Souvla for a tasty and quick salad with a mug of rose. Ino Vino when you need a wine bar with something other than California wines. Namu Gaji for our favorite burger from a Korean restaurant. Breakfast every Saturday at the Ferry Building Green Market. OH! and Bob's Donuts for post bar hunger.
A very big thank you to Dan & Julianne for spilling all of their secret (and not so secret) spots! My mouth is watering, and we will be booking our tickets shortly...