It's finally here... the ULTIMATE guide to all of my favorite places to dine in San Francisco! I've included the address, link to the website, and my favorite thing(s) to order for each spot - BONE APPLE TEA, Y'ALL.
Breakfast and Brunch
Location: 900 22nd St.
My Go-To Order: Kalbi Loco Moco, or Portuguese Sausage Hash. Also, their Malasadas and homemade banana bread are INSANE.
SSS Tip: Brunch is walk-in only, so either get there early or they suggest using the NoWait app to add yourself to the waitlist remotely. They also have an amazing dinner menu, and evening reservations are usually available throughout the week.
Location: 1299 18th St.
My Go-To Order: Soft Scrambled Eggs, Lemon Ricotta Pancakes, or The Plow (a lil' bit of everything).
SSS Tip: Go early on a weekday (I've gone between 7-7:30 am) to avoid the weekend mobs.
Black Sands Brewery
Location: 701 Haight St.
My Go-To Order: House-made Sausage and Eggs. Because, sawseej.
Location: 595 Alabama St.
My Go-To Order: Smoked Salmon Tartine, or Porchetta & Fried Egg Sandwich.
Location: 941 Cole St.
My Go-To Order: Fountainbleau Scramble with a side pancake... don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
Locations: Hayes Valley - 517 Hayes St.; NoPa - 531 Divisadero St.; Mission - 758 Valencia St.)
My Go-To Order: Chicken Salad with no cheese and olive oil dressing on the side, or Veg Salad plus chicken with no cheese and olive oil dressing on the side. Add Greek Fries on top for a #treatyoself moment!
Location: 2011 Mission St.
My Go-To Order: Baja Bowl with Chicken and cauliflower rice, or Cuban Bowl with Pork. If you're extra hungry, order a side of Pesto Meatballs and/or Avocado Mash.
Locations: Throughout SF - visit their website for specific locations
My Go-To Order: Orchard Salad without cheese, or Design-Your-Own Salad with kale, kimchi (seasonal), butternut squash or winter squash (seasonal), yellow beets, avocado, and olives with lemon juice dressing.
Coffee Shops and Bakeries
Locations: 3655 Lawton St.; 3629 Taraval St.; 3016 Taraval St.
My Go-To Order: Almond Milk Cappuccino or Almond Milk Matcha Latte, but I also love their seasonal drinks, and their pastries, especially the scones, are also insanely good.
SSS Tip: They use Califia Farms almond milk (my favorite because it's carrageenan free), and they have free wifi!
Location: 1352 9th Ave.
My Go-To Order: Matcha Latte with Almond Milk
SSS Tip: Like Andytown, they use Califia Farms almond milk (my favorite because it's carrageenan free), and they have free wifi too!
Location: 299 Divisadero St.
My Go-To Order: Almond Tea Cake or the 7 Layer Bar. DROOL.
SSS Tip: All of their baked goods are gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, trans fat-free, and low-glycemic... and delicious!
Locations: 1331 9th Ave. (Other locations throughout the Bay Area - visit their website for specific locations)
My Go-To Order: Corn-Cherry or Currant Scones, Chocolate Thing (that's the real name, not just laziness on my part), and their focaccia and daily pizza offerings are always spot on.
Asian and Hawaiian
Liholiho Yacht Club
Location: 871 Sutter St.
My Go-To Order: EVERYTHING. But if I had to choose a few (read: five) of my favorite items... Tuna Poke, Roasted Octopus, Whole Roasted Cauliflower, Opah, and Grilled Shortribs.
SSS Tip: Their off-the-menu homemade Spam is ridiculously good - if you're into that kind of thing.
Wooden Charcoal Korean Barbecue House
Location: 4611 Geary Blvd.
My Go-To Order: Galbi (BBQ Short Ribs), Japchae (Clear Yam Noodles), Soft Tofu Stew, and Duk Mandu Guk (Rice Cake and Beef Wonton Soup).
Locations: 1243 9th Ave.; 2225 Irving St.
My Go-To Order: Green Curry, Pad Se-Ew, Pad Thai, Prig Khing J, Mango Fried Rice.
Location: 1283 9th Ave.
My Go-To Order: All of their sashimi is amazing (my favorites are Maguro and Hamachi), Sukiyaki, and their Special XXX Roll.
Location: 5821 Geary Blvd.
My Go-To Order: West Lake Minced Beef with Crab Meat Soup, Mongolian Style Beef, Rock Cod Fillets in Black Bean Sauce, and Shredded Chicken Chow Mein - Hong Kong Style (Crispy Noodles). I also love their dim sum, especially the Steamed Pork Buns and Sesame Balls with Red Bean Paste.
Location: 1224 9th Ave.; 306 Broderick St.
My Go-To Order: The seasonal Ceviche, Quesadilla de Primavera, and Mole con Pollo.
Hook Fish Co.
Location: 4542 Irving St.
My Go-To Order: The Poke and Ceviche starters, Poke Burrito, and Salad with the Grilled Fish of the Day (ft. everything seed clusters that rival Trader Joe's "Everything But the Bagel" spice).
Location: 2990 24th St.
My Go-To Order: Tuna & Uni Tostada, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Roasted Hen of the Woods Mushrooms, and the Poached Chicken and Crispy Skin was one of the BEST things I've had in a while.
Great for Birthdays and Special Occasions
Location: 200 Jackson St.
My Go-to Order: I ALWAYS order the whole branzino, head-on, filleted. And my favorite appetizers are the Spanikopita, Grilled Octopus, and the "Kolokithokeftethes" (don't even try to get me to pronounce this - but they're zucchini cakes and are to die for). And for dessert... definitely get the Baklava and the "Galaktoboureko" (semolina custard in filo dough).
Location: Pier 5 on the Embarcadero
My Go-To Order: Croquetas de Pollo, "Sunny Side Up" Huevo, Pulpo a la Parrilla, Albondigas a la Feria, Lubina a la Brasa, and the Paella.