Bay Area Restaurants/Take Out/Hole in the Walls Shouldn't Miss?
Hi, I'll be going out to the Bay Area for the first time in about two weeks...which restaurants/take-out joints/hole in the walls/etc....shouldn't I miss? As for kind of food, I'm partial to almost anything! (in particular, "California" food)
Thanks a lot!
My favorite breakfast spot is Art's Cafe on Irving
Street near Ninth Avenue in the Sunset District (Just
south of Golden Gate Park). It's run by a Korean
couple and it feels like your in their kitchen. Only
counter seating by the grill, no tables. In front of
your eyes, Art will grill the bacon and eggs and hash
browns to perfection with minimal grease. If you want
to sample the Korean food, try the bi bim bop (shredded
beef, vegetables, and a fried egg. By the way, the
prices are small town Iowa, not SF. Try to visit on a
weekday morning. Art's and other Sunset breakfast
venues are inundated by the weekend masses.
As for the other suggestions, I heartily endorse
burritos (the carne asada with sour cream and guacamole
is to die for) in the Mission. My two favorite places
are Le Cumbre (16th and Valencia) and El Farolito (24th
and Alabama). If you go during the day, I wouldn't
worry too much about safety. Wander along 24th street
for numerous hidden culinary delights.
For dim sum, I agree with some of the other posts.
Run, don't walk, to Ton Kiang on 22nd and Geary. The
regular menu is great too.
I'm a broken record on this subject, but my favorite SF restaurant at any price is Fina Estampa, a wonderful Peruvian place on Mission. In particular, love the ceviche, the parihuela (seafood soup), the steak and potato and peppers/onion dish, whose name I forget, and any specials the waiters recommend.
re: Dave Feldman
The tacquerias in the Mission are
also must-visits, especially La
Cumbre. There's a great Italian
grocery in North Beach (the name
escapes me, but it's across the
street from Basta Pasta) that
males killer sandwiches. Or just
buy a chunk of aged imported
provolone, some dried tomatoes in
oilive oil, and a rosemary
roll...my wife was there recently
and brought me a flask of real
(from Modena) aceto balsamico
that costs only about $15.
re: Jim Dixon
re: Janet Traub
re: Chris Bridges
I haven't been to Doidge's in a few years, but it's
been a consistently good breakfast place, but crowded
I also have one comment on the Mission district. I'd
be careful walking around that area, esp if you look
like a tourist, guidebook in hand. It's best to know
exactly where you're going if heading off Mission St.