Friday, August 16, 2013

Favorite Restaurants in San Francisco

We absolutely love food. We eat out often and love to try new places. Lets start with the city that has the highest density of restaurants per capita -  San Francisco! There are so many great restaurants in SF that it was hard to pick just these favorites. We will probably review more sometime later. Till then, give these a try :)

Foreign cinema: This is our absolute favorite place for brunch in the city. It is hard to get reservations unless you call a few days in advance. Our plans are usually more last minute! We walk in around 2 pm and they have been able to seat us most of the time. The pop tarts with fresh fruit compote are awesome to start with. Last time we also had the berries with yogurt and honey and liked it. Most of the time I get the french toast while the husband loves their Huevos Mexicanos. The menu changes often and the ingredients are fresh and seasonal. The outside seating is nice when the sun is out. I can never get bored of this place, and everyone in the family loves it. Five stars for food, ambiance and the service. Must try place!

Kokkari: This Greek restaurant has to be one of SF's finest. Start with the Gigantes (fava beans with tomato, olive oil and feta), kolokithokeftethes (crispy zucchini cakes), and the Spanakotiropita (spinach filo pie). The fish is very delicately prepared and is one of the best I have had in the US. 

Jadiniere: If you are celebrating a special occasion, Jadiniere is the perfect spot for you. Romantic and cozy, this place is perfect in every way. We are not big meat eaters, but if you are you will enjoy this place even more. Truly an incredible experience!

Burma Superstar: I could go there just for the tea leaf salad - the flavors are so intense and amazing. Love the sambusa soup too. The main dishes are good but nothing special. The only downside is that it gets very crowded and they do not take reservations. The wait time is upwards of an hour on weekends. The same owners have another restaurant called B-Star just a block away. We were not very impressed with the food. We have waited in the coffee shop across Burma Superstar many times, but these days we just head up to Rangoon Ruby in downtown Palo Alto as the food is great and the ambiance is much better than Burma Superstar. I heard that the chef is from Burma Superstar.

Millennium: A go to place for vegetarians! This is one of the very few gourmet dining places in San Francisco that caters exclusively to vegetarians (The other nice place I remember going to long ago was Greens, also very good).

Osha Thai: This is one of the best Thai places in the city. There are a few locations in SF that we have tried. While I like the one on Geary St (Tenderloin) for the simple dining and good food, the one on Union St (Marina/ Cow Hollow) is more fancy with modern decor, awesome presentation and great service. Love the Tom Yum soup. The mocktails are really great too. They have a wide variety of vegetarian and meat dishes.

Pancho Villa: We love Pancho Villa on Valencia! This is for those nights when we are craving for some amazing food, and don't care about the ambiance. It is one of the best places for quick Mexican food. It is open till late on Weekends, and is much cleaner than some of the taquerias nearby. 

Dosa: I have always felt that there is a huge market for upscale South Indian restaurants in the bay area. Very few like Dosa have capitalized on that. Dosa on Fillmore is fancier but the food is better at the Valencia location. 

Lavash: If you love Persian food, look no further! The place is small but cozy. It is beautifully decorated, and the service is impeccable.

T0mmaso's: The one thing I remember about this place is that we saw Jerry Brown there. We really liked the pizza and pasta. I have to go back and try again to see if I like it now. I have been craving good Italian food since we returned from Italy and the local places have not hit the spot yet! They do not take reservations so the wait time was about half hour each time we went.

Range: This Michelin star restaurant is located in SFs Mission district. Like many of its neighboring restaurants, it is elegant and fun. There is a huge bar area as well. We have been here only once, but this restaurant serving great American food deserves another visit!

Nopa: We discovered this place by chance. We were headed to the city quite late one Sunday night, and the places we wanted to go to were closed. Yelp suggested Nopa, and we are so glad we tried this trendy place. It is open for dinner till 1 am all nights of the week and the fact that it remains crowded till it closes shows that the food and ambiance is amazing. The four of us shared the baked butter beans with feta and pesto, Moroccan vegetable tagine, a burger, and a fish dish. I have heard that the brunch is really good.

Happy Eating:)

-Yam and Dee

Photo Courtesy: Personal/ Yelp 

1 comment:

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