- dzalk Jun 7, 2012 07:08 PM
Heading to San Francisco and I am looking for restaurants that the locals eat at. Not really looking for anything fancy, in fact I love dives as long as they are clean. Thanks!
It would help to know what kind of food you are looking for and also a budget. SF restaurants are fairly casual unless you go high end. I recommend Barbacco.
All Italian-ish, but each one is completely different. Not dives, sorry. Beloved neighborhood gems.
You would be well advised to spend 10-15 minutes reviewing the many topics & discussions already here. You should be able to find dozens & dozens of helpful suggestions and recommendations. The question you are asking gets asked and answered several times a month.
It would also be helpful if you mentioned the types of food that interest you (Thai, Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Peruvian, Vietnamese, seafood, etc.), what parts of the city you expect to be visiting and how much you are thinking of spending on your meals.
Highly recommend Piccino in the old Dogpatch neighborhood in Portrero Hill. Strange neighborhood, but hip place with great food, lots of young SFers chowing down. Definitely NOT a tourist place, and reachable by public transportation.
Aziza, out in The Richmond, is another non-touristy place, due to its location, I believe. Great modern take on Moroccan food. (Take a taxi.)
And if you want seafood, definitely head to Tadich Grill, rather than the Wharf. This place is beloved of tourists and locals, alike. Their Cioppino is the best damned seafood stew you will ever eat (and I've eaten great Bouillabaise in Marseilles).
re: Robert Lauriston
I believe the tiny shrimp are frozen, but the large ones are not. Half of the bouillabaisses I've eaten in France were nowhere near the quality of Tadich's cioppino (maybe I was just unlucky multiple times). Where, in SF, do you think they do it better? I'll give it a try on my next visit. (I have to admit that on my recent visit the petrale sole was way overcooked, and it got sent back to the kitchen forthwith.)