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IMO :: The Best Food San Francisco Has to Offer

IMO :: The Best Food San Francisco Has to Offer

By Ben Hundreds

Who needs a guide of where to eat in San Francisco? Use this next time you find yourself out there and in need of some flavor. I’ve been coming to San Francisco for over 10 years now, and I’ve eaten at just about every corner of the city—which just happens to also house some of the best food our country has to offer. Only in the city by the bay can you get amazing Chinese food, unforgettable Mexican food, and incredible Californian cuisine all within one walk. But the larger the selection, the more difficult the decision. So here to help is the official guide to the best food you can find in San Francisco.

Want a great burger?

Eat at Pearl’s Deluxe Burgers on Post St. I’ve been eating here for many years and it’s never let me down. The Mini Deluxe is the way to go, but if you’re really hungry, go with the Deluxe. They make great onion rings and milk shakes as well. If you’re not looking for a beef burger, their turkey burgers are delicious also. The free pickles are a big plus for me.

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Looking for great Mexican food?

There is a lot of great Mexican food in the Mission, but my favorite is Pancho Villa Taqueria. Seriously, all their food is great. Their quesadillas, tacos, nachos, burritos, all of it. You really can’t go wrong. They also have a great salsa bar—one of the best I’ve ever seen. Be careful with their grilled peppers; it might burn your tongue off. I’m a big fan of their prawn tacos, pollo asada, and Steak ’n’ Nachos. Don’t forget to order a side of cebollitas!

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Where’s the Dim Sum at?

Go to Yank Sing in the Financial District. This place is everything you want it to be and dim sum. You might have to wait for a table. The shortest wait I’ve had there was 30 mins, and the longest was just over an hour. All the carts have great food on them. The Shanghai dumplings, snow pea shoot dumplings, spring rolls, peking duck, and the chicken lettuce cups are just few things you should get. Honestly, all the food is great, but my favorite thing about Yank Sing is the chili pepper sauce that sits on each table. I’ll finish a whole jar in one sitting.

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Need a cup of coffee?

Then go to Four Barrel Coffee. They may make the best cup of joe I’ve ever had. Not only is the coffee great, but I met Malcolm Gladwell here! Trust me with this one.

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Want the best dinner in San Francisco?

That means you want to eat at Kokkari Estiatorio. You have to make a reservation weeks in advance if you want to get seated at a decent time. I’m gonna suggest going there with a big group because you want to order everything and share it all. The lamb chops might be the best you’ll ever eat. The Saghanaki is a cheese lover’s dream. The goat stew is off the menu, but is almost always available, and should definitely be ordered. The Tirokafteri (spicy feta dip) is the best dip of them all. Hopefully they don’t run out of whats on their daily special rotisserie.

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Is there good fried chicken in the city?

Yes, at farmerbrown! This is a great dinner, either for 2 or for a big group. Their fried chicken is really good and so is their house-made hot sauce. Order a side of the angel biscuits—you won’t be disappointed. I’ve been recommending this place for years and I haven’t let anyone down yet.

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Do you want it all? 

Go to the the San Francisco Ferry Building on Saturday morning. Not only is all the food inside the Ferry Building pretty good, but there is also the best farmer’s market you’ll ever go to. Get a grilled cheese sandwich from Cowgirl Creamery, whole chicken from Roli Roti, lox from Cap’n Mike’s Holy Smoke, oysters from Hog Island, bread from Acme Bread Co., coffee from Blue Bottle, and ice cream from Humphry Slocombe. Then take a seat outside and enjoy the view of the Bay Bridge.

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Here is a list of places I’ll recommend to anyone visiting SF.

Breakfast/Brunch
– Dottie’s True Blue Cafe
– Mission Beach Cafe
– Farmer Brown
– Farm Table
– Colibri Mexican Bistro

Lunch
– Yank Sing
– Tartine Bakery
– Pearl’s Deluxe Burger
– Pancho Villa Taqueria
– Taqueria Cancun
– Bite
– House of Nanking
– Pizzeria Delfina
– Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen

Dinner
– Pabu SF
– Kokkari Estiatorio
– Farmer Brown
– Nopasf
– Pizzeria Delfina
– Delfina
– House of Nanking
– State Bird Provisions
– Liholiho Yacht Club

Dessert
– Tartine Bakery & Cafe
– Bi-Rite Creamery

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