Here’s a recap of what’s hot in the San Francisco food scene in September. I ventured out to different neighborhoods to research local flavors and hidden gems. These are the spots worth checking out to impress your #foodie friends.
Tartine Manufactory is currently the MOST talked about cafe in the San Francisco Blogger world. It opened its doors in mid-August with many people extremely eager to try this new Californian cafe and bar. I would recommend arriving during odd hours from 3-5pm to avoid a wait (popular pastries may be sold out by then). I would recommend the buttery Liege waffle!
Tucked away in the Bernal Heights neighborhood is Bernal Star. The brunch menu is not only fresh but full of vibrant flavors and comfort foods. Skip the long wait at over-hyped brunch spots and try out this gem (you won’t regret it). Try out the Huevos Rancheros, Waffle topped with fried plantains and berries, and Ahi Tuna. Definitely don’t miss out on the mimosas or fresh squeezes juices.
Tēo Restaurant & Bar
To be completely honest, it’s a struggle to find authentic Chiu Chow food in San Francisco. Luckily, I don’t have to travel far to try this type of Chinese cuisine. I checked out the new SOMA restaurant with Toshiko from Itsnotheritsme.
The restaurant has a modern vibe, but don’t be fooled because the food is not Americanized Chinese food (my parents would approve of this spot). We loved the Pine & Chicken Soup, Oyster Omelet (reminds me of the street food in Taiwan), In-House Goose Meat (flavorful), and the Teo Stir Fried Rice Noodles (so silky). I can’t wait to go back!
My friend Cristina once told me, she ate here every night for 2 months. Now I understand why! Nabe is a tiny Japanese hot pot restaurant in the Inner Sunset. I ordered the Shabu Shabu set that came with thinly sliced beef and an assortment of veggies (YUM). At the end of the meal, the server will make a rice congee out of the remaining broth in the pot. This is the perfect meal for a chilly San Francisco night.
Photo Credit: Cristina Viseu
A new-American restaurant using modern and fresh ingredients in a casual environment. I attended a media dinner to try out the new Family-style dinner menu ($65 per person/ $35 with beverage pairing) before it launches next week. The highlights include: the Ocean Trout Crudo (so fresh), Crispy Octopus (I have this thing for tomatoes), and Bavette Steak (the perfect cut of beef with creamy green farro). You must try the Pear-Shiso cocktail, its tastes as good as it looks!
Photo Credit: Cristina Viseu
The Dorian is quite possibly the cutest happy hour spot in the Marina district. From the rustic book shelves to the leather seats, the Dorian is a cool hang out spot to catch up with friends. I enjoyed the deviled eggs, oysters, and truffle fries.
Photo Credit: Sofala Ntweng-Knapton
Boba Guys is a trendy high quality milk tea spot in the Hayes Valley. This new location has a beautiful Scandinavian design. My go-to drink is the lychee rose milk tea. Bring your laptop or books because this is a great spot to hang out or catch up on work.
Photo Credit: Kevin Lessy
I celebrated Souvla’s new private label wines at the NoPa patio party. Souvla is a fine-casual Greek restaurant with the MOST delicious pork and lamb sandwiches. Treat yourself with their Frozen Greek Yogurt with honey syrup and baklava crumbles.
Thanks for reading! Which spot are you excited to try?