Late last month I was in San Francisco for a brief stop following a workshop I was presenting so I thought I would share my favourite foodie spots with you. Boy, did we eat well…the only shame was that our stomachs were too full to eat more, despite all those hills!

Restaurants I loved…

For a Vancouverite like me, I am not used to making reservations anymore because so many places don’t take them! However, SF is not that way at all. Reserve well in advance and if you want to get into one of the super hot tickets, like 60 days in advance.

  1. Mission Chinese Food. Great, affordable chinese food – don’t let the grotty streetscape discourage you.
  2. Bar Tartine. Home of the legendary bread…and crazy good, local and seasonal cuisine. Plenty of vegetarian/vegan options.
  3. Slanted Door. Wonderful Vietnamese food. Not the place to go for a quiet dinner (it was crazy busy and we were there on a Monday!)

Restaurants on my list for next time…

  1. Rich Table. No reservations for 60 (!) days and didn’t want to chance what precious little time we had waiting for a table.
  2. State Bird Provisions. Ditto 🙂
  3. Commonwealth. For the tasting menu…

Foodie stops you cannot pass up!

  1. Bi-rite creamery. So worth the line up for deliciously whole food, organic ice cream. Walk it off up the hill to the park after.
  2. Blue bottle coffee. Amazing coffee that goes way beyond my level of coffee geek-ness if you want it too. Plus a nice place for a simple, high quality breakfast.
  3. Tcho chocolates. Local chocolate maker that you can actually take a tour off. Cool your heels with a cup of drinking chocolate after and bring home lots of extra goodies.
  4. The Ferry Building. Mecca for foodies. Taste your way through all the outlets and don’t forget to pick up beautiful Heath Ceramics as a souvenir.
  5. Omnivore books. A little gem of a foodie bookstore. Vintage and the best of what’s new in cookbooks and food writing.

Happy Travels!