Part of the reason why I love cities is because there’s always so much food on offer. San Francisco is one of my favourite cities to visit, and the food culture here is just one of the reasons it’s so loveable.
Location: 698 Post Street
This was the first place we dined at on our trip to San Fran, and it really set the bar because it was so good. It’s the kind of place you can go to for any occasion because it’s not overly fancy, but they still offer cocktails.
The menu is a mix of healthy and not so healthy options, so there’s something for everyone, but I would highly recommend having one of the Egg’s Benedicts. I opted for the Fried Chicken Benedict, which was very American and very tasty. The fried chicken was served on an English muffin, with 2 poached eggs and hollandaise. There was also a side of potatoes that had been cooked with onion and pepper. This whole meal was insanely good!
Location: 1000 Larkin Street
The Saratoga is ideal for a boozy brunch because it’s a dimly lit bar sprawled with plenty of spirits to choose from. It also has an upmarket feel, without being too over the top. There are some fantastic food and drink options here, including specials (when we dined it was a gourmet hot dog that looked incredible).
Despite the great choices, I couldn’t see past the Cereal Milk Punch and the Avocado Toast, with smoked trout and trout roe, red onion, egg yolk and cherry tomatoes. This is definitely the most luxurious avocado toast I’ve ever had, as well as being one of the tastiest. The punch tasted like the milk at the bottom of your bowl of cocoa pops, but with added booze, and it was delicious.
Honey Honey Café & Crepery
Location: 599 Post Street
If you struggle to make decisions, be prepared to be overwhelmed when you step in to Honey Honey, but it will be worth it! Also, be prepared to wait because the queue can be quite long, but this will give you time to look at the huge menus attached to the wall. There’s savoury crepes, sweet crepes, omelettes, bagels, sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta and burgers, so a long queue’s not bad when it gives you time to decide!
I highly recommend the salsa crepe; it’s lovely and saucy with cheddar, onion, tomato, avocado, olives, salsa and sour cream. It’s a really big portion, so it will fill you up for a day of exploring. Honey Honey has a bright interior, with a casual, American eatery feel, so I thoroughly enjoyed for a laid-back brunch.
Location: 1965 Al Scoma Way
Scoma’s is a great place to consider for a nice dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf. Like a lot of restaurants in San Francisco, it’s not cheap, but for a touristy area, the food is pretty good. They specialise in seafood, and what you should order is the cioppino, which is a seafood stew/soup that originates from San Francisco. The broth is delicious with plenty of fresh seafood, but the sourdough bread was incredible. I literally can’t stop drooling when I think of the buttery, crisp bread dipped in the tomato broth…
Location: 3347 Fillmore Street
San Francisco has plenty of bars, but you’ll need to line your stomach first; Mac D is great for this, or just grabbing a quick bite to eat. It’s a build your own mac ‘n’ cheese place, so you can pick from lots of different toppings to create your perfect mac ‘n’ cheese, in a very chilled out space.
Top tip: hot Cheetos – yes, peas – no.
House of Nanking
Location: 919 Kearny Street
I’ve been to House of Nanking twice and both have been fantastic experiences. I’ve had to queue both times, but the line moves fast because they utilise all space when it comes to finding seats for guests. House of Nanking might not be the most spacious dining, but this adds to the quirky atmosphere and fits in with the no frills theme of the restaurant.
Our server asked if we wanted him to bring out a selection of dishes for us and we happily said yes. All of the food was fantastic, and I had so many favourites, but the Famous Nanking Sesame Chicken stands out in my mind as a contender for the number 1 spot. Everything comes out when it’s ready, so you can enjoy a sharing meal with friends at a good pace.