Looking for a new restaurant for breakfast, lunch and dinner? I gotcha covered!

  Posted by - August 27, 2014 - CynEats Foodie Guide, Restaurants

Here’s an easy guide to your next MUST try restaurants.
Because. Who doesn’t love food?

Plus, I already did all the hard work. I went and ate at some of the best & worst places.

But don’t worry about the bad ones, they aren’t worth talking/reading about.

Instead, let’s talk about all these awesome restaurants below.


(Side: these lists of places will be continually updated while I’m consuming copious amounts of calories and writing about them) 

San Francisco

Cool spots for brunch / lunch:

Craftsman and Wolves-  Whether you’re a tourist or SF local, you should DEFINITELY visit Craftsman & Wolves. They’re known for their famous muffin with a fresh egg (inside it) that oozes out perfectly when you cut the whole thing in half. It’s seriously the best place for some #foodporn.

Tartine Bakery and Cafe-  This bakery rocks my world. They use organic produce as much as possible and use organic flour, sugar, and local eggs. Tartine has also been featured on NY Times, SF Gate, Wall St. Journal, Oprah Magazine… and the extensive list goes on.

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe– Braving the neighborhood to eat at one of the best breakfast spots in SF.

Where to get Oysters in San Francisco? (Top 5 places on Yelp)

Kitchen Story– My FAV brunch spot in SF. Check it out & you’ll see why. If you like bacon, you gotta try their Millionaires Bacon. Sooo yum! (Castro District)

Hog Island Oyster Co– The BEST clam chowder & grilled cheese (this is a MUST TRY!). Located inside the Ferry Building along the Embarcadero.

Tomales Bay Oyster Farm– A must visit for any oyster lover. $1 oysters. Cool day trip to Point Reyes.

Samovar Tea Lounge– Awesome place to relax & catch up with friends. Also has amazing views of the SF skyline in the Financial District. (vegan friendly)

Absinthe Brasserie– The best eggs benedict, but with a twist.  Instead of English muffin, it’s on a crispy hash brown! (Hayes Valley) 

The Butler & The Chef– Cool little breakfast spot that makes you feel like you’re in Paris. (SOMA)

Sol Food– Awesome Puerto Rican cuisine in San Rafael

New England Lobster Company– Located right by the SFO airport, so it’s the perfect place to kill time before a flight. They have the best lobster rolls, clam chowder, oysters etc. (Millbrae)

Waterbar– My fav $1 happy hour oyster spot with amazing views of the Bay Bridge (everyday from 11:30 to 5:30 pm in Embarcadero/ Soma).

Jane– Awesome coffee shop to chill & get some work done. Also has many healthy options. Gluten free/ Vegan friendly (Fillmore)

Super Duper Burger– They have locations EVERYWHERE in SF. It’s perfect for a quick bite if you’re on the go.

Boudin– Home of San Francisco’s sourdough bread. If you’re visiting from out of town, this is a cool spot to bring kids and grab some fun turtle/bear/animal breads! (Fishermans Wharf)

Sushirrito– This is what happens when Mexican meets Japanese. You get a sushi burrito! (multiple locations)

Lunch or Dinner:

Burma Superstar– Burma is going down as one of my FAVs in San Francisco. If you’re craving anything Thai, Chinese or Indian, then this is your spot. It’s affordable, delicious, and hits the spot. 

PS: If you haven’t heard the name, they’re all over the news: Food Network, SF Gate, Zagat, Eater. And they have over + 5, 000 reviews and a 4.5 star rating on Yelp.

Ino Sushi- The best damn sushi in the city. I’m not talking about California rolls, sake bombs, or fish drowning in gross mayo. I’m talking about the freshest of fish, perfectly prepared rice, and a true sushi chef who knows his craft.

The House-  The best Asian fusion spot in SF! Plus, I just had the most amazing garlic noodles and sea bass of my life. It’s THAT good.

Tony’s Pizza Napolentana– Need to satisfy a pizza craving? Tony’s is voted BEST Pizzeria by Forbes, they won “Best Pizza Margherita” at the World Pizza Cup in Italy, and won “Best Pizza Romana” at the World Championship of Pizza Makers in 2011. Check them out, and you won’t be disappointed.

Sotto Mare–  If you’re looking for an awesome seafood + Italian spot in the city, check out Sotto Mare. They’ve been around for years and is an old SF classic in North Beach.

The Pots– It’s the BEST all-you-can-eat Chinese hot pot restaurant in the city for $25 bucks a person. Everything is prepped fresh from the kitchen & you order as you go. They have about ~100 items that you can choose from ranging from veggies, kobe beef, lamb, dumplings, shrimp, fish, noodles, and more. (Outer Sunset)

Daigo Sushi– You’ll probably catch me here at least 2-3 times a week. If you do, come say HI! It’s a small sushi joint, but with some of the best service and fish in the city. (Inner Richmond on Clement St.)

Great China– AMAZING Chinese restaurant. They have the BEST peking duck and it’s like 90% stripped of fat. Not sure how they do it, but you gotta try it. (Berkeley)

Tropisueno– My FAV Mexican restaurant in SF. It’s really that amazing, check out the pics if you don’t believe me! (Financial District)

PPQ Dungenous Island– Awesome place to grab dinner and indulge in Dungenous crab (Inner Richmond)

Osso Steakhouse– My fav steakhouse in SF + amazing Dungenous crab (Nob Hill)

Lers Ros Thai- Solid Thai restaurant in the city. They have 3 locations (Mission, Civic Center, Hayes Valley).

Brenda’s French Soul Food– In the mood for some crawfish or beignets? This is also a SF “MUST” try for visitors out of town. (Tenderloin)

Zarzuela– One of SF’s original tapas restaurant & it’s also very affordable. (Russian Hill)

Maruya– My first disappointing sushi meal in SF. Here’s what sushi SHOULDN’T look like. (Mission)

Press Club– This swanky wine bar is the perfect place for a date night or girls night out! (Financial District)

A dinner to impress (perfect for celebrations, anniversaries, or surprises)

Kusakabe- The best omakase experience in SF. Up until recently, its been hard to find a decent sushi restaurant in the bay area that does everything right– from service to quality to experience. And on that note, the newly opened Kusakabe just kills it in every way possible. This is a great place for date night. For an awesome time, you MUST sit at the bar. (1 Michelin Star)

Sons and Daughters- They offer a multi-course tasting menu (7 courses) as their only dining option. Dishes are tweaked on a daily basis depending on the freshest ingredients available in their garden in Santa Cruz. The dinner comes with a hefty price tag for most of us ($98 per person), but for a 1 star michelin restaurant, prices are in-line with what you’re about to experience. 

State Bird Provisions- Pretty much, they’re the prime example of what makes San Francisco’s dining scene so exciting right now. YOU get to pick & choose from an array of exotic and innovative small plates that come out on dim sum- style carts & trays. This is also a place where reservations are VERY hard to come by. If you can’t make a ressie, then go stand in line 40-50 min before they open to secure a spot. It’s a DEF MUST TRY. (1 Michelin Star)

Kokkari Estiatorio– One of my FAV Greek restaurants in SF. Also #1 rated on Trip Advisor. MUSSSTTT TRY! (Financial District)

Quince– One of the best fine dining restaurants in the city. It’s the perfect place to impress or surprise your significant other. (8 courses. 2 Michelin Stars. Financial District)

House of Prime Rib– They roll around CARTS full of prime rib and cut it right off and into your plate. This place is a San Francisco tradition that everyone should check out at least once. (Nob Hill)

The French Laundry– Doesn’t the name already speak for itself? Read about my 2o course meal and 4hr dinner experience at the best restaurant in the US (and maybe, the world). (Napa Valley)

Gary Danko – One of San Francisco’s best fine dining restaurants, allowing you to create your perfect meal. (By Fisherman’s Wharf)


New York

Eleven Madison Park– Best dining experience of my life. (3 Michelin Stars. 14 courses. Kitchen tour. And so much more)

 A foodie guide to the Lower East Side: Check out these awesome NY eateries within walking distance from each other!

    • Clinton St. Bakery (A top breakfast spot in NY, known as one of the best)
    • Russ & Daughters (famous for their lox bagels)
    • Katz’s Delicatessen (A staple New York eatery serving famous pastrami sandwiches)
    • Doughnut Plant (you can guess by the name)

Ippudo– The BEST ramen restaurant in the U.S. If any of you guys are visiting NY, this is a must try.

What to eat in NY? Check out these places that everyone on @cyneats IG recommended! (everything from the best desserts to sushi, to food carts)

    • BaoHaus (The coolest pork buns)
    • Momofuku Milk Bar (dessert)
    • Laduree (Must try their macarons)
    • The Halal Guys (Most rated food cart EVER! There’s a ton of fake ones, so make sure to go to the original)
    • Sushi Seki (Awesome sushi restaurant, try their omakase)
    • Jane (Come here for brunch and get their mussels, you won’t be disappointed)
    • The Capital Grille (A solid steakhouse in NY. It’s perfect if you’re craving steak and can’t get a ressie at any of the fancier places)


San Diego

My foodie work trip from SD- OC –LA  recapped with my some of my FAV restaurants

Sushi Ota– My most favorite sushi restaurant in the world. MUST TRY! (Pacific Beach)

Cody’s La Jolla– One of my FAV breakfast spots in SD. (La Jolla)

Lou & Mickey’s – They have an awesome seafood platter with great downtown views (Downtown)

Sang Dao– The BESSTTTTT Thai/Laos restaurant in San Diego. I always go back every time I visit. (El Cajon)


Los Angeles

Kang Ho-dong Baekjeong This is the ONLY Korean BBQ spot that made it to Yelp’s top 100. It’s amazing and a must try! (Korea Town)

Sushi Gen– Awesome sushi spot in LA. (Japan Town)


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  • Megan September 30, 2014 - 6:36 pm Reply

    My husband and I have already been to a few recommendations on your lists in SF, everything so far has been amazing! We are going to NY for the holidays and will definitely check out some of the places you’ve been to!

  • Richard N. September 28, 2014 - 12:16 pm Reply

    I follow you on IG, and your pictures are all amazing! Your blog makes me so hungry every time!

  • Brittany September 26, 2014 - 5:17 am Reply

    You’re my favorite food blogger! Love how all your reviews are funny, entertaining, and honest. I live in the city, so anytime my roomates and I need a place to eat, we’ll refer back to your blog!

  • Leah September 22, 2014 - 12:41 pm Reply

    I came across your site through a picture you posted on instagram. Love all your pics and especially your blog!

  • Marcus September 16, 2014 - 6:29 pm Reply

    My wife and I are coming to SF for our honeymoon! We can’t wait to try some of the places you’ve recommended. Thanks for having such a great blog. Keep it up!

  • Andrea September 3, 2014 - 7:21 pm Reply

    My co-workers and I were just looking for a place to go try this coming Friday. We came across your blog and just wanted to let you know that you have new readers!

  • Lawrence August 29, 2014 - 11:33 pm Reply

    Now my biggest problem at hand is actually choosing where to go next. You make everything sound so great!

  • Hannah August 29, 2014 - 6:29 pm Reply

    WOW. You’ve been to a lot of amazing restaurants already. So jealous of your trips to NY! I’ll have to check some of those places out :)

  • Paige August 29, 2014 - 4:40 pm Reply

    Love this! Thanks for making it so easy!

  • Noelle K. August 28, 2014 - 12:44 pm Reply

    I’m visiting SF for Labor day weekend and am looking for cool spots to eat for Brunch! Which one do you like better…Kitchen Story or The Butler & The Chef? Both sound really good!

    • CynEats August 29, 2014 - 4:47 pm Reply

      Both are great options, but I would choose Kitchen Story! They have a bigger menu, bottomless mimosas, and you can’t go wrong with anything there :) Def try the millionaires bacon! And don’t forget to go early…the lines will be crazy packed this weekend. Safe travels!

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