What and where to eat and drink in San Francisco right now. Make sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
Typical Californian kitchen, with lots of vegetables and a laid back atmosphere. Same owners as the Flour + Water, renowned for the best pasta in town. For once I recommend you pick from the A la Carte Menu instead of going for the tasting menu. Right next door is the Trick Dog Bar, recently voted one of the best bars in USA.
3000 20th Street, San Francisco
This Italian restaurant is Michael Tusks second, he also runs the well-known Quince. It has great food and a very good and untraditional selection of wines from small, Italian producers. Our most memorable experience here, was fresh ravioli filled with raw egg yolk. Not to forget a fabulous, gin-based Bloody Mary!
490 Pacific Avenue, San Francisco
This informal and truly nice restaurant in Hayes Valley is run by a couple of married chefs, Evan and Sarah Rich. If this is their secret is hard to say, but something makes people come back for more. The menu always varies, but there are some favorites that stick, like Sardine Chips and Porcini Doughnuts. In addition to great food, they serve a nice glass of wine and dangerously good cocktails. Very popular, so you are advised to book in advance.
199 Gough Street, San Francisco
This is a fantastic place with equally fantastic food and wine. The menu consists of 15-20 courses, and everyone around your table must agree on 6 courses, which are then shared. We were only two and had trouble choosing only 6, but we had done our research. Therefore we ordered the Avocado with marinated beets & toasted quinoa, even though it sounded like one of the more boring dishes. It was really awesome. The Progress also has a good selection of natural wines, and we went with the sommeliers choice, Ribolla Gialla from Dario Princic. Someone has to make sure this wine becomes available in Norway! The Progress is owned by Stuart Briozas og Nicole Krasinskis, which also runs renowned State Bird Provisions. The Progress has been nominated for a James Beard Award in the category Best New Restaurant. There is up to a four months waiting list, so book well ahead of time. Even if it was the most expensive meal of our San Francisco-trip, it was so worth it.
1525 Fillmore Street, San Francisco
Tunnel Top Bar
What this place lacks in fancy drink making, it makes up for in great, authentic atmosphere. You get the classics, like Margaritas, Gimlets and the likes in variations and good sizes, but nothing tailored. It is a relatively small bar, but not so small that they don´t find space for live music a couple of nights a week. Upstairs is a mezzanine with a less chaotic atmosphere. The place is lots of fun, and it´s conveniently placed right at the entrance to Chinatown. Cash only.
601 Bush St, San Francisco
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This is a real San Francisco-classic. It opened in 1979 and is an obvious feature on every list with the cities best restaurants. Zuni Café owes much of its reputation to the amazing chicken they serve. We were in a rush and didn´t have time to order chicken, so we had pizza. It is one of the best pizzas I have ever had, and I´m picky when it comes to pizza, so I simply have to come back for the chicken. Always full, so book ahead.
1658 Market Street, San Francisco
This is not just a bar, even though it is one of the best bars in the States – and nominated for the James Beard Awards for Outstanding Bar Program. But it is also a great restaurant. We came for breakfast, but it was the best breakfast of the week. By far!
355 Eleventh Street, San Francisco
If you have time for more, stop by the Trouble Coffee and Coconut Club that made toast trendy.