Psst... We're working on the next generation of Chowhound! View >
HOME > Chowhound > San Francisco Bay Area >
Dec 1, 2008 07:29 AM

Cioppino and other SF standards

SF Hounds,

I will be in San Fran for the ASH convention for the next week, including the weekend. I would like to get a couple dinners to experience true SF food while out there. I am a huge fan of cioppino and have never had an authentic meal of it in SF.

Any other ideas are indeed welcome, looking for the best breads, beers, etc.. as well but a good true SF meal on one of the nights is a must.

Thanks a lot. Looking forward to the time out there.

I am eager to try out the beer bars as well and from what I have looked into and those fellow beer nerds I have talked to, suggestions have included Toronado, City Beer Store, and the Trappist.

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. You will find many suggestions to get Cioppino at Tadich Grill.
    It is superb and can be specified to exclude certain items
    ( I can't handle mussels). There are others as well, but few can compete with Tadich.

    1. I second the rec for cioppino at the Tadich Grill. They have a large counter where you can dine if you are eating as a single.

      Anchor Steam beer is brewed in SF and is one the first craft brewers in the U.S. Be sure to sample it while you are here. They make a Christmas Ale that should now be available. You can even take a tour of the brewery if you have the time.

      1 Reply
      1. re: DavidT

        Oh yes, of course. That is already scheduled.

      2. Al pastor burrito at Taqueria Cancun on 6th and Market, not far from Moscone. Eat it there as they toast the tortilla and taking it to go kills that. It's a hole-in-the-wall.

        For bread, you might head down to the Ferry Plaza Market and check out Acme. There's also Boudin Sourdough in many locations, the original SF sourdough, they have small outlets all over and a big demo bakery near Fisherman's Wharf.

        The Ferry Building is a nice place to go if you're from out of town. On Tuesdays and Sat there's a farmer's market.

        1. Third on Tadich. They also have the best sourdough bread.

          Zuni would be a good choice for your one true SF meal.

          On Saturday morning, the place to go is the SF Ferry Plaza Farmers markets where some of the best bakers, cheesemakers, sausage makers, etc, etc. in the bay area sell.

          On Friday from 4-8pm Speakeasy opens its door to the public for a “Happy Hour where they can wander around the warehouse (no seats), listen to music(sometimes live, there’s a piano) and drink beer.

          Other beer in SF: The Monk's Kettle, Thirsty Bear, 21st Ammendment, Magnolia,

          A rather divy place, the Black Horse boasts a single cask-conditioned British Ale made by Coast Range Brewery. The rest of the bottled beer is kept in an ice-filled bathtub.

          Should you decide to drive around a little, Half Moon Bay Brewery at Pilar Point in Princeton ... a long picturesque ride down the coast (about 1 hour). The crab boats land in Princeton and given this is the height of crab season, it might be worth a visit. Also this area is a major surfing area (Mavericks) so the bar at HMB Brewery has surfing videos playing. How California can you get.

          1 Reply
          1. re: rworange

            This is also a great time to get crab at Vietnamese or Chinese places, such as Lotus Garden.

            Lotus Garden
            3216 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

          2. Another thumb's up for Tadich. Great old school SF atmosphere.
            Toronado is great to sit down and have a few pints and City Beer has a good selection of bottles and a few taps as well. The Trappist is good but you have to go into downtown Oakland and they primarily serve Belgian beers which are plentiful on your side of the country.
            I recommend grabbing a few pints at Rogue Ales in North Beach. This is the only CA branch of the legendary Oregon brewery. They have a ton of Rogue taps as well as some great guest taps. I think in total they have 40 taps and also have a nice beer garden in the back.
            I also would recommend Beverages and More as another place to pick up bottles. They have locations on Van Ness Avenue and Geary Blvd. They carry a lot of West Coast craft beers (I counted 8 cases of The Abyss at the one on Geary).
            If you have a car and some time, get out of the city and head north through Marin and Sonoma counties. Here is a recent link with some recommendations for doing a beer tour along 101 through Sonoma and Marin:
            Have fun and please report back.