I groaned when my friend dragged me out to the Sunset to have what she claims is "the best fried chicken in SF". Of the group, including two really big guys, I ended up eating the most and licking the bones clean. I proudly showed off my plate of bones to which they remarked, "we didn't realize thisI groaned when my friend dragged me out to the Sunset to have what she claims is "the best fried chicken in SF". Of the group, including two really big guys, I ended up eating the most and licking the bones clean. I proudly showed off my plate of bones to which they remarked, "we didn't realize this was a contest". :D…see moresee less
Boudin goods are available in so many places, but this is where the real magic happens! The gift shop, bakery, and restaurant are great, but my favorite part? Standing under the vent outside of the bakery and taking in the warmth and the smell of sourdough goodness. At all hours of the day. Mmmmm :)
This is a relatively new hipster foodie hot spot on the scene. I make their mac n cheese appetizer my entree because it's unique and out of this world. Who else tops a block of mac 'n cheese with a stack of amazing onion rings then drapes delicate slices of ham around it? Citizen's Band does.
This 'hood gets shunned by locals outside of it for being too out there and too touristy, but I actually really dig it and am here often. Love all the restaurants and I especially love the little cafes where I can spend hours sipping on coffee and eating Italian desserts while working on my laptop.
When I was in elementary school, my mom would take a day off every year and take my class on a Chinatown field trip. This was one of the stops. Last year, my innocent memories of them were completely ruined when I got xxx-rated fortune cookies from there for my birthday. I still ate 'em.
One thing that I thought was awesome about Portland during my visits -- their food truck parks. I had wished we had them in the Bay Area. ...And now we do! When my favorite food carts aren't working the streets, I can likely find them here. And then walk over to Costco to run errands. So convenient!
This is a total grandpa dive bar and there's nothing special about their drinks, yet, I still LOVE hanging out here. It's like hanging out at your really eccentric, older relative's house who doesn't like sunlight and really enjoys collecting quirky antiques and old books and playing board games.
My latest favorite food discovery in SF that I've been raving to my friends about. I've never had their ceviche, which is what they're known for, but everything else that I've had here has been solid -- rotisserie chicken, sweet potato fries, sangria, and their truffle mac 'n cheese is amazing!
Whenever my friends and I happen to be in the Fisherman's Wharf area and it's chilly, we stop by Buena Vista for Irish coffees! Seeing as they claim to be the ones who brought that to the States decades ago, they have a lot to live up to and they always make them right with the cream float.
I'm pretty certain that this will be the best lamb shwarma I'll ever have. It's all about the lamb! It's huge, so I always order one to go and split with a friend at a nearby bar or Dolores. Note: they serve chicken in place of lamb on Tuesdays and Fridays, days in which you wouldn't find me here ;)
Seeing as my K-12 Chinese school is in it, I spent a lot of my childhood and formative years here. I actually make it a point to visit Chinatowns around the world, but nothing so far has ever compared to this one. This is by far the most colorful and vibrant of them all.
Despite having grown up in the city, I didn't discover their pier until my friends and I decided to take an epic ten hour walk across the city last year. I loved it so much that I've been back several days. Such lovely views of the water and city when it's nice out.
Upper Haight by the park is the section of Haight you want to be in. I love hitting up all the random stores here, plus the awesome restaurants and bars. Weather permitting, a walk in the Golden Gate Park always precedes or follows such activities. And Ice Cream Bar is nearby!
Confession: I've never actually been inside the museum, but I've cut through its garden countless times. The sculptures are extra beautiful in the quiet of the night and that water fountain of theirs is so exquisite and tranquil. I just love sitting in their garden.
There are so many parts of the park that I could spend hours at a time in, but I more often find myself just walking through and soaking the nature-y parts of it, which I love. I do make time for Cal Academy's Nightlife and to see the butterflies at the Conservatory of Flowers during summer though.
This is a little out there, but totally worth the trek because once I get there, it's ~*food cart heaven*~. All of San Francisco's best food carts congregate there! Still dreaming of Rib Whip's ribs and Ebbett's Cuban sandwich...
On days when I just want a quiet day at the park away from the festivities of Dolores Park, Alamo Square is where I head to to lie out on the grass with a book among the Painted Ladies (the Full House houses!). The sunrise and sunset are beautiful to catch here.
I enjoy taking late night walks to here when it's pretty quiet. I love bringing a mug of hot chocolate (or some vino) and sitting on the steps overlooking the water and cozying up with friends (or a date!) over the fire pit in the center, which stays lit long after everything else is closed.
On hot days, folks in other cities might head to the beach or lake, in SF, we go to Dolores Park and lay out on beach towels in our swimsuits and trunks as if we were on the beach. Cool down with the gourmet ice cream carts rolling around and the hipsters selling cocktails and beer from their bikes.
By far one of my very favorite SF neighborhoods. My best friends live here and when they're out of town, I always jump at the opportunity to catsit for them just to spend more time here than I already do. There's so much local flavor, great food, awesome street art and it's not super touristy.
It may be super touristy here, but I still love it. Pro tip: team up with friends and grab bread at Acme, cheese at Cowgirl Creamery, salami and/or pate at Boccalone, and wine at Wine Merchant, then go to the back of the building and picnic on the benches overlooking the water and bridge.
I went to school near Union Square for a decade+ and always tried to cut through here when I could. I still do that as an adult. Even when there isn't an event actively going on, there's still always something happening. Anytime of day and year, it's a great spot to sit and soak in the city.
Day or night, being on Twin Peak gives the most beautiful view of the city. Like Bernal Heights Park, this is one of those things that no photograph could do justice and just has to be experienced first hand.
This historic building houses adult site Kink. Though founded by a Brit and x-rated, it's so appropriate for colorful SF. Tech companies often throw events here and even those who aren't especially into BDSM will get a kick out of their entertaining R-rated tours.
My favorite hours to be here are between 10 PM and 8 AM, when all the stores are closed, all the people are gone, and I practically have the place to myself. I love taking late night walks here with friends and if I wake up early enough, running along the pier to see the water and sea lions.
Though I grew up in the city, it wasn't till recently that I came up to Bernal Heights Hill for the first time -- and the view took my breath away. I excitedly pointed out a bunch of neighborhoods. This is one of those things that no photo could do justice and just has to be experienced first hand.
I don't care if this place is touristy. I'll chill with the tourists and wait in line for my ahi burger, milkshake and/or beer because that ahi burger is just that solid. A generous slab of RARE tuna with ginger wasabi spread and Asian slaw on a toasted egg bun -- it's the only thing I'll eat there.
Mmmmm... this must be the brunches of the heavens. I don't know anyone who lives here who doesn't like this place. They have a solid brunch with various flavored mimosas that are larger than the size of my head. I've been meaning to come back for dinner to try their famous rabbit pot pie. Rabbit.
Words can't express how much I love this place. I may be a little biased because because my friends only threw me THE BEST BIRTHDAY PARTY EVER here shortly after they opened last year. Great food and great drinks, yet totally unpretentious. And the owner is one rad dude, too.
Folks love the morning buns and the cakes here, but honestly, all I'll ever need from here is bread pudding. It's ~*magical*~ and I swear the clouds part and angels sing when I take a bite. I order bread pudding and tea to go, bring it to Dolores Park, and call it the perfect picnic snack.
I have girls' night out at Shabu House quite a bit! I just love it here because they have various reasonably priced meal options that are tasty, healthy, and filling, and it's just a great spot to catch up with good friends. Oh, and with condiments that good, I shamelessly practically drink them.
This is one swanky spot that wouldn't break the bank. Four words: all day happy hour. It's all day every day! On hot days, their patio is one of my favorite spots to meet up wtih my FiDi friends, but I have to get there early because I know I'm not the only one with that bright idea!
Random fact: apparently, my love for Pearl's Deluxe Burgers gives me the uncanny ability to capture passionate photos of their burgers, enough for two separate national publishers to reach out to me about using my photos in their books. Get the Prized Pearl and a basket of frings. My favorite.
When I feel gluttonous, I come here and order the poutine, which will probably be the most expensive fries I've ever and will ever have (unless I find fries with gold flakes on them), but its been the most amazing. I pair that with one of their fab Manhattans because I might as well go all out.
I find myself here a little too often. It's a random dive of an Irish pub slash Indian restaurant plopped in the middle of a busy street in a nice neighborhood that's filled with tourists. Yet, you never see the tourists here. So many beers on tap with a solid happy hour twice a day and legit food.
I love that Beretta is as known for their food as they are for their cocktails. Make reservations. Go with a small group of people and order at least one thing from every section of the menu (though I'll forgive you if you skip over the salad) -- a few apps, pizza, risotto, dessert, and cocktail.
I always take out-of-town visitors here. Always, always. Especially if I'm trying to convince them to move here. Its worked a couple of times :) The swanky look and feel of this place may scare away some folks, but happy hour makes this place more affordable than one might think. $1 oysters every I always take out-of-town visitors here. Always, always. Especially if I'm trying to convince them to move here. Its worked a couple of times :) The swanky look and feel of this place may scare away some folks, but happy hour makes this place more affordable than one might think. $1 oysters every day from 3-6 with an awesome drink menu to boot, and the view here is just spectacular. I can't stop raving about the view and I always try to sit outdoors if I can.…see moresee less
I love Chaya! This is my favorite spot to meet my FiDi friends after work on a warm day to catch their fab happy hour, which is such a steal for such a nice restaurant. Whatever time of day I come here though, I always get their croissant bread pudding, which I can only describe as OMG.
My guilty pleasure. Seeing as it's open till 3 AM, it's perfect for late-night grubbing when all the bars are closed. This is where I managed to snag a quesadilla 4x the size of my head -- the quesadilla para dos is actually more like quesadilla para ocho! FYI, their green sauce is amazing.
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