local flavor: the best SF grub

One of our lovely facebook fans asked where to eat during her upcoming visit to San Francisco and if there is something we know other than makeup, it’s San Francisco!

Keeping up on the best cuisine here could turn into a full-time job, so we asked around our office. Little did we know we had serious foodies  who gave an enthusiastic response! Have to say we couldn’t fit it all (had 3+ pages), but if anyone has other recommendations, post them in the comments. Enjoy delicious SF!

Let’s start with the breakfast. Katie, Bjorn, and Elaine cannot resist Zazie in Cole Valley.  Elaine “loooves their French Toast Tahiti (caramelized bananas over french toast)” and Bjorn says the coffee cake is a must.  For good coffee downtown, try our office fave, La Boulange on Market. The people there are the absolute best! If you’re in Nob Hill, stop by Canteen, where their giant pancake makes Alison’s heart “jump a beat” (direct quote).

Mmmm. The benedict at Zazie.

Okay, on to lunch. Tired from shopping in Union Square, check out The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus for a popover and treat. For famous oysters, Bjorn suggests you stop by Swan Oyster Depot on Polk Street. “It’s worth the wait,” he says. I agree. For a salad fix, try out Blue Barn on Chestnut Street in the Marina (right by our boutique!). Carolina always gets the tostada salad.

For a little mexican fiesta, Alyssa swears by the baja tacos at Nick’s Crispy Tacos on Polk Street and Puerto Alegre 16th and Valencia. She says, “the burritos son grandes and on weekends the mariachi might stop by!” Olé!

A shout to the East Bay from Bjorn: “Bakesale Betty’s!!!!! The fried chicken sandwich will change your life. You think I’m kidding? Test me.”

There are lots of hills here and you’re going to need a little afternoon treat…

For your sweet tooth, try Bi-Rite Creamery (Valerie is all about the balsamic strawberry or salted caramel) or Mitchell’s Ice Cream, a SF classic institution for Alison, also check out  Anthony’s Cookies in the Mission. For another stop near Union Square, try the chocolate mousse at Café Claude near Union Square.

worth the brain freeze

On Saturdays, you cannot miss the farmer’s market and everything delicious at the Ferry Building! I could almost live there.

Full? We haven’t even gotten to dinner!

Delfina is a crowd favorite for simple, sophisticated northern Italian food in a comfortable, but chic space (be sure to make reservations!). For Carolina, Tony’s Pizza Napoletana in North Beach has her favorite margherita pizza, plus an order of meatballs.

Check out Burma Superstar for amazing curry soups and Burmese food. There is a wait and they don’t take reservations, but this place is divine!

Craving sushi? Sebo for those who truly love very high quality fish, tsunami sushi, or sushi bistro.

Check out Beretta in the mission, Frascati in Russian Hill, and Slow Club (the burger here is a must).

When Donnalynn want to go Southern she goes to 1300 on Fillmore: “They make the richest creamiest Grits with BBQ shrimp.  The maple glazed short ribs just fall off the bone and the banana cream pie with caramel lime sauce is a great finish.”

And the resounding place for dinner is Zuni Café. Donnalynn suggests ordering some fresh oysters and roast chicken for two! Bjorn calls it “an institution, and absolutely the freshest foods in town. Owner and chef Judy Rogers is my hero.”

Who’s hungry?! Have a great trip in San Francisco! xo, The Foodies from Benefit