Moving to San Francisco [the Mission] - What are the must hit spots?
I'm currently staying in the peninsula while awaiting my lease in the city to begin. I'll be living in off 22nd St close to Potrero Ave. I don't mind walking or taking public transport if I have to.
I saw the thread below but was looking for suggestions for a resident versus a visitor.
Is American Grilled Cheese Kitchen any good? I've heard it being hyped up a bit, but I'm not sure what to make of that..
Since you'll be a resident, you should just plunge in and start eating; don't wait for our opinions. There are many threads on this board specifically about the Mission...
Ice cream, coffee, bakeries, Cal-Italian, Bar Tartine, tacquerias near the 24th street BART station, craft cocktails, craft beer, St. Vincent for their wine list.
There's a lot of threads on the mission including "walking tours" etc. to search for.
Is there anything in particular you are looking for? If you search for the best rated categories in the above categories, in the Mission, on yelp that's a good rough guide. Report your experiences and if there's something in particular you are trying to find we can help you find it.
Thanks. I'm mostly trying to get a sense of the local flavor versus looking for anything specific.
I mean, I do enjoy; ice cream, bakeries, craft cocktails, and craft beer but wasn't really looking for specific suggestions in that regard.
While extremely DC centric (my home!) the following list should kind of give you an idea of what I really like:
Izakaya Seki, Daikaya - Japanese Izakayas
Toki Underground - Singaporean ramen
Thai X-ing - Authentic Thai
Lavagna - farm fresh concept
DGS Delicatessen - Upscale deli
Blue Duck Tavern - more upscale local/farm fresh concept
Maple Avenue - eclectic fusion with more of an asian influence.
So, there isn't a lot of decent asian in the mission. There's Namu Gaji which is worth trying and maybe a few others that other board members know.
Dosa - upscale South Indian.
Everything in the $$-$$$$ (in the new american category) is basically farm fresh in SF at this point - we are completely overwhelmed with California/New American style restaurants. There's probably about 200 new American restaurants in SF, with about 100 doing competent organic/farm to table type concepts.
Basically the eats in the $$-$$$ish category are awesome enough in the mission that just eating through that on Yelp will keep you happy for a good long while. (Looking at about 100 decently well reviewed restaurants for the Mission neighborhood alone).
Report on your experiences! Let us know once you have eaten out a bit what the disappoints are and what you need help with. But you are moving into probably one of the highest concentration of good/diverse restaurants in a 2 mile square in the whole U.S. (definitely in the top 20).
I forgot to mention, I also love middle easter/Mediterranean foods as well (I grew up eating a lot of that and ethiopian). I also really enjoy mezzes and tapas
The Jose Andres restaurants (Jaleo and Zaytinya) really execute those concepts well, Spanish tapas and Turkish mezze plates.
And thank you to everybody providing feedback!
There are a couple of Palestinian / Middle Eastern places recommended in the thread I linked to.
Tuba on Guererro is good Turkish.
For tapas, take the 48 bus up Church to Contigo. There's not a lot in Noe Valley that's worth the schlep up the hill, but that is.
re: Prabhakar Ragde
i get the appeal of a grilled cheese place in an area where most people work - grilled cheese, while easy to make at home, is not easy to make in a standard office kitchen, and it also is not tasty when premade ahead of time at home and re-heated. so the location in SOMA makes sense. the location in the mission does not.
You'll be close to El Metate.
The 19 but stops a few blocks away, so you might want to check out the Polk / Larkin area as well. Some of the best cheap Thai and Vietnamese restaurants in town (Lers Ros, Saigon Sandwich, Thai House Express, Bodega Bistro, Burmese Kitchen, Turtle Tower) plus bar-scene central for the under-30 crowd.
I used to live very close to there, and there's some great food close by, though it's also very easy to get to other parts of the city.
One place you should be aware of is La Palma, on 24th Street. Their tortillas are fantastic, not to mention the prepared foods like guacamole, chicharrones, and salsa. They also have tacos, burritos, tamales, etc. Lots of reports on it: http://www.chow.com/search?q=la+palma...
I tend to go there for groceries or to augment a meal I'm cooking at home (as opposed to ordering burritos from there).
re: Dave MP
Grocery shopping certainly distinguishes this post from the SF visitor posts. I don't live in the Mission, but aside from La Palma, I'll make a special detour to get to these places:
Bi-Rite for yuppie foods and cheese
Samiramis Imports for Middle Eastern groceries
Rainbow Grocery for great selection of bulk spices. Also have good range of produce and hippie supplies.
The Fizzary : gourmet sodas
Alemany Farmers Market : Saturdays in Bernal Heights. Has cheap produce, great dates (I mean the fruit, but why not socialize in a parking lot?), Huarache Loco truck.
La Victoria is a bakery that has hosted pop-ups in the past. I think their only offering now is Hapa, a filipino fusion pop-up doing lunch there on weekends.
re: Robert Lauriston
Rainbow's cheese selection is quite good and their prices are reasonable.
The Castro Farmer's Market at Noe and Market is small but decent, and it is Wednesdays 4-8, meaning some hope of getting there after work. Alemany also has All-Star Tamales and Sabores del Sur for awesome alfajores.
I'll second Samiramis.
The Mission has its own farmers' market, Thursdays, which is really starting to come into its own.
and we shop at Evergreen (Mission, between 21st and 22nd) for most things - not organic, not fancy, but tons of great South American products.
Duc Loi has a really good range of products - even Maldon Salt!
Besides things mentioned above (e.g., Bi-Rite and Rainbow and Alemany FM), what about produce markets? Any standouts for seasonal produce that's cheap and good quality?
A few options:
http://missioncommunitymarket.org/mer... Thursday nights
General SF produce thread:
In no order, these are all restaurants i've been to, liked a lot, and would return to:
Local Mission Eatery
The Front Porch
Ken Ken Ramen
Mission Local Eatery
Delfina & Delfina Pizza
Mission Bowling Club
Mr. Pollo (not what it sounds like - inexpensive pre fixe dinners)
Maverick (temporarily closed due to fire)
Pica Pica Maize Kitchen
i'm sure there are some i'm missing.... have fun, you have a lot of eating to do!