My Favorite Sf Restaurants

  1. Ton Kiang
    Great traditional dim sum.
  2. Shanghai Dumpling King
    This is the place to go for spicy wontons and Xialongbao (soup-filled dumplings).
  3. Burma Superstar
    Phenomenal Burmese food. Get the rainbow salad and the superstar vegetarian noodles. If you can't get a table, walk a couple blocks up Clement Street to B-Star, its sister restaurant. It has a nearly identical menu, and there is almost always seating.
  4. Tartine Bakery
    This is a must-do. The only comparable pastries I've had were in Paris. Try a croissant or a morning bun for breakfast. Their bread pudding is amazing, and I am a sucker for their pressed sandwiches, which come with beautiful pickled carrots.
  5. Bar Tartine
    A couple blocks away is Tartine's sister restaurant, which features sophisticated, farm-to-table, California cuisine. It's nice but not too pretentious, and would be a great place for a relaxing dinner at the end of a busy day. Definitely make a reservation. It's really hard to get in without one.
  6. Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen
    Jewish deli with a distinctly San Francisco twist. House-cured meats and fish, freshly baked bialys, and amazing babka. The pastrami burger comes on a challah bun with great sauerkraut. Highly recommended.
  7. Mission Beach Cafe
    As far as I'm concerned, this is the best brunch available in San Francisco. They serve it every day of the week, and make strong, delicious mimosas, too. They also serve Blue Bottle Coffee, which is a big plus in my book.
  8. Namu Gaji
    Creative, very fresh modern Korean food. Get the stone pot, the chicken wings, the mushroom dumplings, and/or the burger. They also have Hawaiian shave ice for dessert, which is really fun.
  9. Domo
    This is some of the best sushi I've ever had. Go simple, or try some of their more creative rolls. The jalapeño hamachi is particularly delicious.
  10. Brenda's French Soul Food
    Really stellar southern food. Don't try to go during the weekend, since you'll spend most of the time waiting, but this is a great weekday breakfast or lunch.
  11. Tony's Pizza Napoletana
    Tony has won numerous awards for his stellar pizza. My favorite is the Honey Pie, which features honey from their rooftop bees.
  12. La Taqueria
    Meat-driven taqueria. They were declared to have the best burrito in America on Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight burrito search. Go for tacos, especially the carnitas.
  13. Tacolicious
    This is a bougie, sit-down taco joint, but everything is handmade and their margaritas are especially on point.
  14. Southpaw
    Great BBQ with quality cocktails and well-made sides.
  15. Dinosaurs
    My favorite banh mi in SF. It doesn't look like much, but their crispy tofu banh mi will blow your mind.
  16. Souvla
    Delightfully simple, super fresh Greek food. You can have everything as either a sandwich or a salad, and they offer Greek frozen yogurt, served soft style out of a machine.