People keep asking for my favorite restaurant in SF…
Which is a very hard question for me to answer since I have a tonnnn of FAVs.
I pretty much have one for each cuisine and/or occasion.
Like…my favorite brunch place is different than my FAV $1 happy hour oyster spot. And my favorite fine dining restaurant is different than my go-to sushi joint. And the best meal of my life is OBV at French Laundry… but it’s not like you can just stroll in and ask for a table.
You get the point.
So here is my “go-to” list every time someone asks for suggestions in SF, you really can’t go wrong with any of these choices.
Here it is…in no particular order.
What to get: Millionaires bacon, Belly Rancheros, Mom’s Benedict.
Why: Kitchen Story is an awesome brunch spot for any occasion. They serve American breakfast with an Asian twist. The Millionaires bacon is unbelievable AND they have bottomless mimosas (<– need I say more?)
Hint: It’s always busy, but so worth it. Eat the bacon with a bite of everything else. You’ll thank me later.
What to get: Lamb Chops. Greek Salad. Zucchini cakes. Grilled fish. And honestly, anything else.
Why: It’s the best lamb chops I’ve ever had. The tenderness of the meat is unbeatable and the way they grill the chops melts with each bite you take.
Hint: If you can’t get a ressie, try and snag a seat at the bar. Also rated #1 restaurant on Trip Advisor and on Yelp’s Top 100 restaurants in the U.S.
What to get: Everything is sooo dang good here. You can’t go wrong with the Camarones Tropisueño or Tampiqueno.
Why: Hands down, one of the best Mexican restaurants in the city. Tropisueño has a classy, yet cosy and inviting atmosphere with great staff and service. It’s also a great happy hour spot to catch up with friends & co-workers.
Hint: Make sure you get a reservation to avoid the typical 1 hr wait time.
What to get: Sashimi
Why: Forget all the fancy sushi restaurants that try WAY too hard. This place has better grade sashimi than most of the sushi restaurants I’ve been to in SF.
Side: I’m sort of a sushi snob. Because. I’m scared of getting a tummy ache if I eat bad quality fish. Ya know?
PS: check out my sushi party HERE.
Hint: It’s a hole in the wall, there’s usually no wait time, and the sashimi is super fresh.
What to get: Happy hour $1 oysters
Why: Why NOT? It’s $1 oysters.
Hint: Happy hour goes everyday from 11:30-5:30pm. Don’t get the food, it’s overpriced and not that good. Awesome place to hang with friends while drinking wine, eating oysters, and enjoying the view.
What to get: Quince Tasting Menu
Why: It’s one of those dining experiences that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Top restaurant in the city with 2 Michelin stars. It’s also the most affordable for a restaurant of this caliber.
Hint: Reservations should be made at least 2 weeks in advance. It’s perfect for any celebration: graduation, birthday, anniversary, work promotion, or anything in between.
What to get: MUST get the Peking duck. It’s seriously like 90% stripped of fat & the best I ever had. Also get the honey walnut shrimp and hot & sour soup.
Why: Honestly, it’s the best Chinese restaurant in the bay area.
Hint: It’s actually located in Berkeley (not SF), but close enough. They don’t take reservations unless it’s a party of 6 or more. Get there before everyone else.
Do you guys have any SF favs?? Do tell below! I’m always looking for bomb recommendations : )