California is full of great people, great scenery and even better food. Whether you’re in San Diego near the Mexican border or on the Northern coast nearing Oregon, like Eureka, you’ll never have a hard time finding a satisfying bite to eat.
But some places in California stand out among the rest, as they seem to possess all three: great people, great scenery and even better food. One city that certainly comes to mind is San Francisco.
Full of diverse people and restaurants serving food from all over the world, you’re new favorite restaurant is just waiting to be discovered. San Francisco is a big city full of restaurants on every street, and it can be a bit overwhelming at times. So due to this, I have created a list of the top five places to eat at in San Francisco. Read on to see if you’ve tried any of them or to discover where you’ll be having your next meal out.
(No Specific Order)
-State Bird Provisions
Words of advice if you hope to eat at State Bird Provisions: make a reservation! If you don’t, then you’ll have to join the rest of the hopeful line waiting outside before the restaurant even opens at 5:30pm.
Chef-owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski present an ever-changing line-up of dishes on trays and dim sum-style carts, creating their own style of California cuisine that has diners coming back time and time again.
Located in the Outer Richmond, Aziza presents contemporary Cal-Moroccan cuisine that makes the trek out there totally worth the while. The chef, Mourad Lahlou, whips of sophisticated, flavor-packed and soulful food that leaves you drooling over every bit of ingredient.
The wine list is abundant and offers many excellent options, but the culinary-minded cocktails are a must-have and definitely the drink to order. If you wish to get the full-on experience of what Aziza and Chef Lahlou has to offer, then I highly suggest ordering the full-on experience for $95—you wont be disappointed.
Tucked away in a remote location on Mission Street lies this innovative and phenomenal sushi restaurant that takes a new approach on how sushi is served. Chef-owner Tim Archuleta provides a creative spin on nigiri, using marvelous and sustainably sourced seafood while pairing it with inventive touches such as yuzu-ponzu gel, pickled kelp or yuzu kosho.
The restaurant’s vibe is casual and relaxed, with sake flowing and regulars chatting with the chef. Ichi Sushi is can’t-miss for any sushi fans that love trying things outside the box.
Sporting two locations—one by the Panhandle and the other by Inner Sunset—Nopalito represents the epitome of top-notch, you-have-to-try-this Mexican restaurant.
Chefs Jose Ramos and Gonzalo Guzman are the ones to thank after you’ve savored every bite of your meal and already want to come back again before you’ve even left. The sweetness and intense flavors within the tortillas and tamales are due to the house-made masa, and the carnitas are even regarded as the city’s best. Nopalito is a must-try; trust me.
Located in the Mission district, Namu Gaji certainly plays its part in making the culinary scene so interesting in that part of the city. Revolving around Korean-American dishes, the trio of Lee brothers collaborated on this energetic restaurant and quickly turned it into one of the neighborhood’s favorites.
Chef Dennis Lee is overflowing with talent and you can taste in every bite of food. The location—catty-corner with Dolores Park—makes this corner restaurant a can’t-miss.
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