3 Nights in SF
My wife and I are looking to do a fun and romantic long weekend trip to SF next month. We are really excited about it and this will be her first time in the city!
Staying within a reasonable budget ($20-25 a person), what are some MUST try places for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I am wondering if you only had 4 days/3 nights to hit up the best food on a budget in SF, what would a food itinerary look like for you?
Looking to hit up a wide variety of food rather than just one type. We also like places with cool atmospheres or a nice view. And obviously prefer places that are easy to access via public transportation or are somewhat near where we are staying (Market and 7th).
If you can give recs for amazing desserts too that would great!
I agree that ethnic is the way to go - SF (due to real estate prices etc.) gets very pricey otherwise.
Stop by the Ferry Building on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday in the late mornings for the farmers market, various food stalls inside etc.
Try coffee - Philz, Blue Bottle, Ritual, Four Barrel etc.
Try Pizza - Little Star (Chicago style), or more Italian inspired Zero Zero
Try bakeries - Tartine, Knead or Craftsman + Wolves
Try ice cream - birite, mr. or mrs. miscellaneous, or humphrey slocombe
Not in your budget for a full meal (and the food isn't worth the splurge) but the atmosphere is worth having a swanky drink on the water - Waterbar
Some of my favorites in that price range are
Lers Ros on Larkin (Thai)
Bodega Bistro (Vietnamese)
Angkor Borei (Cambodian)
Helmand Palace (Afghan)
L'Osteria del Forno (Italian)
Mandalay (Burmese, be sure to order Burmese dishes, not Chinese or Indian)
re: Civil Bear
Sounds like ethnic would be the way to go. Little Saigon is within walking distance and has some great eats:
Saigon Sandwich (bon mi)
Turtle Tower (pho ga)
Bodego Bistro (Viet)
Lers Ros (Thai)
Hai Ky Mi Gia (Chinese noodle soup)
You may want to try some non-San Diego Mexican such as:
Poc Chuc (Yucatan)
La Taquaria (authentic Mission burrito - although it has migrated down south)
Park Chow (good comfort food)
L'Osteria Del Forno (North Beach Italian)
There are plenty more, but that should get you started.