San Francisco Genuine / Popular / Local Foods?
For those of you who live in or travel to San Francisco frequently, please let me know what foods are an "absolute must" try.... what says "SF best" and is usually recommended to tourists? Any suggestion will be highly appreciated! Thanks a lot.
Some starts. If you search the board, this topic has been discussed in the past.
Clam chowder in a sourdough bowl (for tourists only)
Artichoke (coastal areas)\
Green goddess dressing
4 Main courses
5 Side dishes
Rice-a-roni (kidding ... not really a SF treat)
It's it Ice creampie
7 Fast food
8 Street food
Mission style burrito
9 Drinks (Non-alcoholic)
Locally roasted coffee
10 Drinks (Alcoholic)
Wine (lots of local bouque wineries)
Irish coffee (for the tourist crrowd)
Anchor steam beer (already listed)
Numberous other boutique, local beers
An It's It is an ice-cream sandwich made with oatmeal cookies dipped in chocolate. The original was vanilla ice cream. Joe's Ice Cream makes a Joe's It that's much closer to the handmade original than the contemporary mass-produced factory product.
Joe's Ice Cream
5420 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
local specialties worth seeking out:
famous dishes of local origin:
Green Goddess dressing
warm goat cheese salad
Martini cocktail (debatable)
often misidentified as of local origin:
chowder in bread bowl
re: Paul H
It's hard to prove a negative, but I haven't found any reference to it before Chez Panisse started serving the dish in 1981. "Alice's idea of warm goat cheese in a salad was apparently unprecedented. 'There may have been baked goat cheese in France,' she says, 'but I don't think anybody had ever combined it with a salad.'"—Thomas McNamee, "Alice Waters and Chez Panisse"
1517 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
rworange, you got it me! I am researching for a contribution I am making to the Food Wiki, maybe you heard of it: MyCityCuisine. I hope you guys don't mind if I'm going to include your suggestions in the dish list I already started making for San Francisco. I also found previous threads and they helped a lot. If anyone is curious about what I have done so far, check this out: http://www.mycitycuisine.org/wiki/San... It might not be entirely accurate, but as this is an open project anybody can contribute / change / delete so please feel free to do any of those. If you have some other suggestions, I will be happy to include them there. Thanks again!!
Is there a perfectly crunchy Dutch Crunch roll/bread in the area? I've tried Semifreddi's a couple of times, and while the bread is perfectly fine, it didn't have the crunch I was expecting. Theirs seems to be the one I see most often, so I'm wondering if there are others I'm missing.
I've been eating dutch crunch for about ten years, and never really gave it much thought. I made my above comment after eating a delicious dutch crunch roll from Haight Street market's sandwich counter yesterday. Wow. The crust was thick, sweet, memorable, and especially crunchy. I'll ask where they source it next time I head there. I doubt it, but I could imagine it being a Semifreddi's roll that was toasted in a way I haven't had before.
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