When you’ve finished exploring the beautiful sights of San Fran, we know you’ll want to chill out with a drink in hand and some good food. Yet, to find the “perfect” meal in San Francisco can sometimes feel like mission impossible. Who knew so many enticing options could be squashed into 49 square miles?
But don’t worry, we’ve got your back with a list of our 7 favourite places to scoff and swig in this unbelievably delicious city….
Devil’s Teeth Baking Company
For those who have experienced their jam-packed breakfast sandwich, there is no arguing that Devil’s Teeth is home to THE best breakfast sarnie in San Fran. With a flaky biscuit topped with scrambled eggs, molten cheddar cheese, and a few slices of smoky bacon, it is no wonder this sandwich is a renowned favourite. Eat in the park out the front of the café or take a walk round the corner to enjoy your breakfast on the beach – the dream!
Location: Noriega St, San Francisco
Planet Saving Platters
You don’t have to feel even a little bit bad for indulging on this extremely affordable, eco-friendly comfort food. This restaurant’s goal is to serve great tasting food and drinks that contribute to a positive food system. The menu at The Perennial showcases vegetables from their living pantry, and pastured meat from ranches that prioritise ecology and animal welfare. I never knew saving the world could taste so damn good!
Location: 9th Street, San Francisco
Gin Lover’s Lair
This edgy new establishment, fashioned to look like an abandoned London Underground station, is dedicated to all things gin! And to match the intricate interior, the Whitechapel holds the lengthiest list of gin-based cocktails in North America! If this doesn’t entice you, there is also a Bangladeshi-inspired pub menu including dishes such as vindaloo mussels and pakoras with spicy lime pickle, Asian pear and lassi bubbles – fancy! But personally, the gin’s tempting enough for me!
Location: Polk Street, San Francisco
Belly Busting Burgers
WesBurger ‘n’ More
WesBurger sells juicy all-brisket burgers you’ll be craving for weeks afterwards, fried chicken sandwiches to die for, plus tater tots and other delights from the American fried food canon. The restaurant’s interior seriously channels a 70s diner feel and features a jukebox full of chilled soul music, that (weirdly) stands next to a stuffed armadillo. As well as the armadillo, the menu is also a reflection on the head chef’s Texas roots, offering up everything you could ever ask of a classic burger joint, and much much more.
Location: Mission Street, San Francisco
This instantly popular tiki bar offers up crafty drinks like mouthwatering mai tai on the rocks, and the “bird of paradise” cocktail made with passion fruit whipped cream (YUM!). The elaborately detailed interior alone is fun, but to combine it with a few flaming bowls of punch and Pagan Idol takes your tiki experience to a whole new level! Oh, and watch out for the randomly erupting volcano, it is obviously part of the décor, but it is very realistic!
Location: Bush Street, San Francisco
Deliciously Delicate Desserts
Sam Zanze’s family recipe couldn’t be further from the dense, classic New York-style cheesecake we all know and love. Light as air, and even fluffier than a cloud, Sam’s beloved desserts could pass off as soufflés with their immense delicacy. These amazingly airy desserts are only sold as a whole, in small, medium or large sizes, (not that the ‘small’ is at all true to its title) making them an absolutely perfect edible device for making new, life long friends. Remember, sharing’s caring!
Location: Ocean Avenue, San Francisco
A Little Piece of Ireland
The Little Shamrock
Built in 1893, this little Irish gem carries with it a cozy, chilled, worn-in vibe. Visitors adore this classic pub’s collection of board games, darts, backgammon tables, mystery novels, squishy sofas, and Tiffany lamps (sounds like home right?). Its abundance of TV screens makes this a perfect place for spending a foggy afternoon with friends watching sports and drinking bargain beers. It is also the perfect place to spend St. Paddy’s day if you happen to be visiting San Fran around this time – if that wasn’t already obvious.
Location: Lincoln Way, San Francisco