Spoil me

Chez Spencer / Mission // French
My special splurge spot, love the sweetbreads, my poetic little hideaway, my girlfriend and I spoil ourselves here, I love this place…

Isa / Marina // French
I love their foie gras, sweetbreads, and rack of lamb…

Mission Beach Cafe / Mission // American
Brunch me here, great place, love the French toast…

Foreign Cinema / Mission // California
Beautiful ambiance, especially great in warm months with movie projected against wall, don’t expect to focus on the film, oysters and California cuisine…

XOX Truffles / North Beach // French Chocolatier
Best truffles I’ve had anywhere, soft exterior, I love the caramel truffle at room temperature, makes great San Francisco gift…

Bix / North Beach // American
I haven’t been here in a decade but I mention this place because I loved the speakeasy atmosphere…

Fatten me

Brenda’s French Soul Kitchen / Tenderloin // French Soul
New Orleans, grits, beignets (get the sampler), chickory coffee, large portions (perhaps too much food), American dinerware, stand in line, get there early…

Tartine Bakery / Mission // Pastries
Love the Croque Monsieur (lots of bechamel), love the croissant bread pudding with seasonal fruit, stand in line, worth a wait…

The Pork Store / Upper Haight // American
Hangover heaven, BACON, giant buttermilk biscuits, butter-saturated crispy hashbrowns, serves coffee while you wait outside…

Arugula, sea salt, fat, lean, and crackling

Roli Roti Rotisserie Truck / Saturday Ferry Building Farmer’s Market //
Crispy crackling, my idea of a sandwich, great pork fix, highlight of my Saturday farmer’s market…
» Read “My Affair with Porchetta”

Any mood fix

The Plant Cafe Organic / Embarcadero // California
Organic whenever possible, love the oysters, wood-fired pizzas, healthy dining, beautiful interiors, view of the bay…

Joe’s of Westlake / Daly City // Italian-American
My family and I come here for American-Italian dining, I like it when I want to feel a time warp and pretend I’m dating the mob

Frjtz / Hayes Valley // Belgian, Salads, Crepes,
Belgian fries, wasabi mayo, my favorite salad is the Gauguin with lock salmon, red onion, macadamias, and mango

Pho Ga / Chicken Pho

Turtle Tower / Tenderloin // Vietnamese
Love the Pho, Chicken Pho is the special, get there during early lunch

Ti Couz / Mission // French
Buckwheat crepes, my favorite type of crepes, my favorite place for crepes…

Zeitgeist / Mission // Dive Bar
Great place for outdoor scrabble, snake bites, bartenders who know their drinks, elitist in a “I will kick your ass” kind of way, burgers, ribs, tamales from the stoic tamale lady whose tamales I think are the best in the city

Mama’s / North Beach // Brunch
Great brunch, french toast sampler must have, tight seating, stand in line outside

Rosamunde Sausage Grill / Lower Haight // American, Sausages
I love the Merguez, wild boar, any sausage there (really), take sausages next door and pair with a pint

Radio Habana Social Club / Mission // Cuban
Eccentric, feels like a hideaway, moist tamales, prefer their plantains to Cha Cha Cha

La Taqueria / Mission // Mexican
Best carnitas taco, best quesadilla, you cannot fear lard…

Thai House Express / Tenderloin // Thai
Straightforward Thai food, non fusion, great prices, unassuming…

Osha Thai (SOMA) // Thai fusion
Thai fusion, great for group dinner out, not cheap Thai, always busy, everything is good…

Tea Garden / SOMA / Taiwanese
The best Taiwanese braised beef noodle I’ve had in the world (to date),  fantuan fix, Taiwanese comfort food, great lunch spot

Pakwan / Mission // Pakistani
Fast, cheap, chewy nan, free masala chai, cult hole-in-the-wall

Massimos Sandwiches / Embarcadero, Financial // Italian sandwiches
Italian grill-pressed sandwiches, many to choose from…

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One Response to Favorite restaurants in San Francisco

  1. Chez Us says:

    Great list, Shanti. I love Chez Spencer as well. We ate there this time last year and it was one of the best meals we have ever had. Their Pamplemoose cocktail is memorable as well.

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