I recently moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and I’m in the market for info on where to eat. My wife and I are at a loss. I’m resorting to buying a Zagat guide, but I figured if anyone is moving to San Francisco, I can tell you where my favorite places are in San Francisco.
In no particular order:
1. Pizza: Tony’s Pizza Naploetana in North Beach. Friends in the restaurant business turned us onto this place. It’s a fairly new place, right on Washing Square Park. No reservations, and you will have to wait. It’s unfreakingbelivably awesome. Not only the pizza, but the whole list of salads and appetizers as well. Go.
2. Italian: Chiaruscuro next to the Transamerica building. High end, modern Italian food with an open kitchen. This place is also relatively new. We had a friend on the waitstaff, and each time we visited the place was busier. Word is getting out. My favorite is the Trilogia pasta. It sounds simple – three kinds of pasta with different sauces – but it’s very high end stuff. We also like the profiteroles for dessert. Good for a business lunch / dinner, or a nice date.
3. Coffee. Blue Bottle in Hayes Valley. This is a tiny little kiosk in a garage in an alley off Gough. I’d stop here on the way into San Francisco Conservatory early in the morning. The staff is charming, there’s a little stand where you can down your espresso shots. This is my favorite iced coffee, but everything’s good, even the scones (try the maple-sausage).
4. Sandwiches. Ike’s in the Castro. This places gets a huge line, all day every day, which has caused some controversy price of clomid without insurance with the neighbors. They want one million bucks for Ike’s to stay. Huge, messy sandwiches with “dirty” sauce. Go on a warm day, then eat on a blanket in Dolores Park. You’ll won’t get hungry until the next week.
5. Ice Cream. Bi-rite Creamery in the Mission. Long lines here too, but apparently no lawsuits (so far). I believe they expanded to the next-door shop so they could get more of the line indoors. No matter, it’s worth the wait. Inventive flavors like Lavender, but I like the brownie sundae. Go when it’s hot. Not for the weight-conscious.
6. Brunch. Brenda’s French Soul Food in the Tenderloin. It’s tiny and cramped, and if you go during prime time on the weekend you’ll wait over an hour on one of the most freezing and gross blocks in town. So call in sick, sleep in, then laze on over and get the beignet flight with chicory coffee.
7. Chinese. Eric’s
in Noe Valley. It’s not very traditional. The quality of ingredients is high. Parking is a bit tough, but at least it’s on the J line. Get crab rangoon, any of the soups, and the Shanghai Chicken (which comes with a mound of seaweed). It’s hard to go wrong with anything here, and I would come up with any excuse to drive across town to hit this place.
In n Out. Did you really think I would suggest anything else? However, it’s kind of a zoo at the Fisherman’s Wharf location, so it’s you’d rather relax while you stuff yourself with red meat, the second best is probably Barney’s in Noe Valley (IMHO it’s better than the Marina location).
9. Vietnamese. Tu Lan at Sixth and Market. Worst ambience ever. Horrid location. Food’s great, though. Filling. Julia Child was a fan, and her image graces the menu. It’s not for people who like to eat light. I liked the Bun Cha Gio Thit Nuong, which has deep fried imperial rolls, charbroiled pork, and lemongrass-flavored rice noodles.
10. Gourmet. Gary Danko near Ghirardelli Square. This place is pretty much the opposite of Tu Lan. Some folks would recommend French Laundry for a top-of-the-line celebration, but Gary Danko is closer and quite a bit less expensive. And the room is beautiful.
If you enjoy any of these places, and you know LA, send me some Westside recommendations.