I can safely say that I've tried bagels from every single shop that bakes their own bagels on premises in San Francisco and East Bay. I didn't begin this quest hoping to find greatness, but a few bagels stood out from the pack. Bagels that are more than just bits of round bread. Bagels with properly crackly-crisp crusts with dense centers. Bagels that have soul.
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I visited over two dozen torta shops and taquerias in my search, and while so-so sandwiches abounded, they only made the great ones—and there were quite a few great ones—stand out even more.
When it comes to cheap eats, there's no comparison: Oakland's budget food scene beats San Francisco's offerings across the board. We got on the BART and ate for days, focusing on savory bites for $5 or less that were especially satisfying—more than just a handful of popcorn or a well-made cookie. What we found was awesome: soulful Mexican comfort food, complex Sichuan creations, killer bánh mì, and of course, more than a few excellent tacos.
I moved to San Francisco from New York a few months ago, and it's been fantastic. But despite it all, there's one thing I've been missing: A good New York-style slice of pizza. And I'm not talking a sit-down-at-the-table-order-and-wait-thirty-minutes type of slice. I'm talking the kind of slice that you grab on your way out of the train station or late at night while stumbling home from the bar. The kind of slice that can be hot and in your hands for a couple of bucks and a wait of no longer than five minutes. Luckily, it turns out there is great pizza by the slice in San Francisco. You've just gotta know where to look. I visited over 30 pizzerias and tasted over 40 slices of pizza to find the best in San Francisco and the East Bay.
I asked the Tartine crew if they'd let me behind the scenes a bit to learn about what makes Tartine's sweets and loaves so special. The results: this guide to pretty much every darn thing their kitchen creates, and the scoop on what's next for the San Francisco bakery. Hint: it involves pizza.
I asked Brett Cooper (formerly of Outerlands) for his San Francisco favorites: the bites he returns to again and again. Here are his picks, from breakfast to burgers to late night kimchi fried rice.
I may no longer be a New Yorker, but I am a die hard fan of the New York hot dog. Aside from a good slice of pizza, it's the thing I'll undoubtedly miss most at my new home on the West Coast. But as a recent (and permanent) Bay Area resident, I know that unless I'm making them myself, I'd better start scouring those supermarket shelves for a worthy hot dog to become my new go-to. Here's what we found.
From the best chocolate soufflé to the freshest egg custard tarts, check out where Belinda Leong, owner and chef at B. Patisserie, gets dessert in San Francisco.
Golden Gate Park is flanked by two of San Francisco's best eating neighborhoods—the Sunset and the Richmond. But the last thing you want is to find yourself wandering too far afield; say, accidentally hiking 40 minutes through freezing cold fog in pursuit of Korean fried chicken (been there, done that). Here's our guide to the best spots to eat that are within two blocks of Golden Gate Park.
San Francisco's Chef Matthew Accarrino has more accolades than we can list. So we dove into his kitchen to find out what makes it all happen in this month's Kitchen Close-ups.
Don't dismiss Sausalito as a tourist trap quite yet. The small Marin town is home to a vibrant sailing community, a slew of beautiful walks and bike rides, and lately, some truly excellent eating and drinking options.
Humphry Slocombe is known for some rather adventurous ice cream flavors, but they do a bang-up job with the classics, too. Torn between Peanut Butter Curry and Malted Milk Chocolate? Spend a few minutes with our guide to every single ice cream on the menu before choosing your scoop(s).
There's no denying it: San Francisco is a city made for romance. Neighborhoods are full of hidden gems ripe for exploring; there are stunning, screen-worthy kiss backdrops atop every hill; and even the fog invites you to cuddle just a little bit closer. But what's a date without great food (and drinks!)? After years of dates both great and terrible in the City by the Bay, we hereby present our ultimate date night guide to this fair city.
This is the best cupcake I've had in a long time—probably because it tasted like tiramisu.
In a town that lacks many of the old school, European-American bakeries that I grew up with, Fillmore Bakeshop stands out like a beacon of nostalgia, functionality, and (most importantly) really delicious treats.
If you appreciate both burgers and design, you'll want to take a look at themessageismediumrare.com, a San Francisco blog that blends burger reviews with lessons in creativity.
My tasting notes for this cookie read "chewy!" (double underscore) and "big a-- chunks of chocolate." That really tells you most of what you need to know, but I'll elaborate.
The cocktail program at Trou Normand focuses on Calvados, Armagnac, and Cognac. But that narrow focus doesn't feel like a gimmick here, and their spin on the Old Fashioned is worth braving the crowds.
It's almost springtime on the West Coast! From an Italian Passover meal in Los Angeles to a foraging trip near Seattle, we've rounded up some of the region's most promising food and drink events to help you celebrate the season's bounty.
I think Kin Khao, the new Union Square restaurant from Pim Techamuanvivit (of popular food blog Chez Pim) and Chef Michael Gaines (formerly of Manresa), could be San Francisco's best Thai restaurant....soon.