The Local’s Guide to San Francisco Food

The dining scene in San Francisco is easily one of the best in the United States. Since there are so many great places to eat, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down which restaurants are worth checking out. After living in the Bay Area for most of my life and exploring hundreds of great tastes around town, I’ve finally come up with a concrete list of the best restaurants. If you want to experience the tastiest food San Francisco has to offer; you need to dine out at these four places.

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1. Cuisine of Nepal

This place is a low-key restaurant with a laid-back vibe where you can enjoy authentic Nepal food. The executive chef, Prem Tamang, is actually from Nepal and began his restaurant to share the food of his homeland with his adopted home in San Francisco. You can order individual plates or go for a combo meal that includes samples of many platters for a group to share. Curry dishes, kebabs, samosas and steamed dumplings are just a few of the more popular items featured.

2. Italian Homemade Company

The Italian Homemade Company is a foodie gem of the Bay Area. They make their pasta from scratch, is dog-friendly, and have a quaint outdoor patio area. The restaurant has a “no frills” attitude so expect paper plates and a casual atmosphere to be a part of your dining experience. Although everything on the menu is amazing, the gnocchi balls and ravioli are a must try.

3. Kokkari Estiatorio

If you have a little money to spend, be sure you spend it here. Incredible Greek food, a huge wine selection, and classy atmosphere that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. Their lamb dishes are their specialty. You can watch them roast on a skewer over the fire. Expect an exceptional dining experience with very friendly and attentive servers. The decor inside is also very cool–rustic with old-world charm. It feels like you walked into the Mediterranean.

4. The Codmother Fish & Chips

For something completely different, go to this food truck serving up some of the best seafood meals in the Bay Area. I have brought many visitors there who say that it’s the best fried fish they’ve had in their life. Everything is perfectly crispy and flavorful. They have a few other items on the menu, too. Fried shrimp, fish tacos, and loaded fries are among them. There may be a long line or wait, but it’s worth it to meet the legendary Codmother!

5. Tacorea

How could I not include a taco joint on this list? This restaurant is one of the unique eateries in San Francisco. They do Korean-Mexican fusion food that is simply put: to die for. It’s a tiny place that is perfect for a quick and delicious lunch. If you need some help deciding what to get, just go for the Tacorea Kimchi Burrito. They also do California burritos, tacos, tater tot nachos, and a delicious spicy pork bowl.

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Of course, a delicious dinner at one of these restaurants wouldn’t be complete without a sweet treat to finish it off. Be sure to scope out my list of San Francisco’s best desserts.

Most Epic San Francisco Desserts That Are Worth the Calories

Welcome to your sojourn in beautiful San Francisco, one of the top spots for gourmands. Stroll through the tranquil, winding streets of the city to work up an appetite and savor the great desserts offered.

These are some suggestions to whet your appetite!

Tartine Bakery: Bakery as an Art Form

Many San Francisco denizens and frequent visitors agree that Tartine Bakery is the mecca for all things sweet. Everything that Tartine creates is luscious, and the line out the door attests to that fact. It’s hard to select just one item, but why not begin with the Bread Pudding? Like your favorite beloved aunt, it is rich, sweet, and nuanced.

600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-487-2600

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Bi-Rite Creamery: Outstanding Ice Cream Confections

What makes Bi-Rite Creamery so fantastic is that shop crafts ice cream in small batches, made with love and locally sourced ingredients. The time is always right for Bi-Rite. Time Out Magazine gives a thumbs up for the Trifecta, a combo that hits the spot with its sweet and salty deliciousness.

3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-626-5600

Chile Apple Pie: As Sweet as Apple Pie

Everything that comes out of the kitchen is baked that day from an original recipe. And it’s pie! Epicureans in the know suggest the distinctive Green Chile Apple Pie. This dessert is special for the marriage of flavors. And remember there is no bad pie. As Spoon University notes, they sell pie by the slice. If you really can’t decide, get one of each. As FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper of Twin Peaks opines, “This must be where pies go when they die.”

601 Baker St San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-614-9411

Stella! Stella Pastry and Cafe

Stella serves up delicate Italian pastry, set off by delicious cups of espresso and cappuccino, served in a comfortable atmosphere just right for conversation in San Francisco’s cool Little Italy neighborhood. The espresso and cappuccino play off of the layer cake, tiramisu, and pastries. Oh, and don’t forget the Cannoli!

446 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-986-2914

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Kowloon Tong Dessert Cafe: Offers Desserts

A Chinese cafe that offers a casual, comfortable, laid-back dining, serving up everything from finger food to fine desserts in an unpretentious setting. They’re open late, which is perfect for when that late-night dessert hunger strikes. Try the Sago Ice Cream and a leisurely conversation with friends to enjoy Kowloon Tong Dessert Cafe.

393 7th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94118, 415-876-1289

Zanze’s Cheesecake: What Cheesecake was Meant to Be!

When you do one thing, and one thing only, then you’d better do it to perfection. Zanze’s Cheesecake is a modest take-out joint that sends you on your way with the perfect cheesecake. This may be the best cheesecake known to human taste buds.

2405 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127, 415-334-2264

Wherever you choose to dine in San Francisco, enjoy this lovely city so full of treasures and treats. Bon appetit!