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Sunil Gupta

Mountain View, California

Must-try restaurants

My trips to SF mostly end up in me consuming burritos.  While burritos are delicious (especially in the city), I'd like to branch out and try the restaurants that make the city such a popular food destination.  Any suggestions?

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  • Samovar Tea Lounge (attraction)

    730 Howard Street San Francisco CA 94103-3119 (415) 227-9400

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  • Ike's Place (restaurant)

    3489 16th Street San Francisco CA 94114 (415) 553-6888

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    1906 Van Ness Avenue San Francisco CA 94109 (415) 885-4605

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  • Andrew Zimmern

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    These are the places that you have to go:

    • Benu: This restaurant needs to be on everyone’s go-to list. Advice for anyone headed to Benu: order the tasting menu you can avoid the decision making pressure. Oh, and make your reservation well in advance.
    • Incanto: Incanto is one of my favorite places to eat in the country, not just in SF. Chris and Mark run a tight ship, and even if you don’t like snout to tail eating, this restaurant never fails to thrill. Pine broth with matsutake and shaved abalone are my favorites.
    • To Hyang: It's korean grandmother food heaven. Yes, pork ribs are in heavy rotation.

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      Thanks for the recommendations. I've heard of Benu and Incanto before, so I guess the legends are true! · (0 likelikes)

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    This isn't so much a restaurant, as a tea house, but it's a must -- Samovar Tea Lounge. This is one of my favorite "meet-up" spots in San Francisco. Great place to relax with friends/family after a long day of touring. The Genmaicha green tea (brewed from corn) is my absolute favorites. Yum.

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    Here are some great San Francisco restaurants, straight out of the cheat day section of my book, The 4-Hour Chef :)

    Savory foods:

    Sweet Tooth:

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    You should check out these places:

    If you need a place to stay, go to Hotel Monaco. Nice hotel. Good lobby.

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    I went to Ike's Place and had the Menage a Trois sandwich. It was awesome! I definitely recommend.

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    Have to go to House of Prime Rib. Come hungry. The steak and potatoes are massive!

    Sushi Ran isn't exactly in San Francisco, but they're by far the best sushi I've ever had. Pricy and you need a reservation.

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    I love Samovar Tea Lounge and Tartine Bakery & Cafe. The Jasmine Lemonade at Somovar is wonderful and it's impossible to go to Tartine without leaving with the cookbook in hand. Must visits.

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    I'll just list off a few of my favorite places...

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    Check out the Samovar Tea Lounge. Love this place. Was introduced to it by Kevin & Darya. So yummy! I am craving it right now.

    I love Ike's Place and Dottie's True Blue Cafe. My favorite breakfast spot in SF. It's got long lines - but absolutely delicious and pancakes are mouthwatering.

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