San Francisco is full of amazing restaurants and bars, has world-class shopping and markets and has a very strong connection to the people, agriculture and community. There is truly no place like it. After a short but sweet visit there this past weekend here are some eating, drinking and activity recommendations…
New spots to try,
RN74…a new wine bar and restarant by Michael Minna. Much cheaper price point than his other spot downtown and very fun atmosphere, http://www.michaelmina.net/rn74/
Flour & Water, http://flourandwater.com/
This restaurant was recommended by Richard Reddington of REDD Restaurant in Yountville. He is always in the know about great places.
Had lunch in Yountville at REDD and it was delicious. Outdoor patio seating, great wine and cocktails and food that will transport you to a very happy place, http://www.reddnapavalley.com/
Lunch included an amazing asparagus and shaved parmesan salad, tempura vegetables with bonita dipping sauce, beet and goat cheese terrine with an airy beet mousse and grilled bread, and absurdly good pork belly buns with coleslaw. No room for dessert…
Fish Restaurant on the waterfront in Sausalito never disappoints with fresh seafood, great wine and beer choices, sunshine and outdoor picnic-style eating. Had oyster po-boy sandwich with french fries and it was a perfect late lunch after a beautiful walk to the beach in Tennessee Valley,
Universal Cafe is my go-to any time I’m in San Francisco, http://www.universalcafe.net/
The food is simple but delicious, always seasonal and very laid back but festive atmosphere. Also good for lunch.
Little Star Pizza is a MUST for the deep dish cornmeal crust pizza. It will change your life! I always get the “classic with no peppers and add pepperoni". Try it, I swear you will love it.
Other recommendations, places to go and things to do…
Hog Island Oysters (either at the Ferry Building or the actual Farm near Point Reyes), http://www.hogislandoysters.com/
NOPA restaurant for dinner and drinks, http://www.nopasf.com/ has a great atmosphere and very tasty food
Drinks across the street from NOPA restaurant at Club Waziema (after 10pm), http://www.clubwaziema.com/
Saturday farmer’s market at the Ferry Building is an absolute must for anyone visiting San Francisco, http://www.ferrybuildingmarketplace.com/
Foccacia sandwich (try the meatball!) at Mario’s Bohemian Cigar Store Cafe in North Beach, http://www.yelp.com/biz/marios-bohemian-cigar-store-cafe-san-francisco
Having a glass or 2 of wine at Hotel Biron Wine Bar located on a small hidden alley in Hayes Valley will make you feel very ‘in-the-know’, http://www.hotelbiron.com/
Salt House for great food (dinner), friendly service and always a good time, http://www.salthousesf.com/
Let’s Be Frank all-natural grass fed hotdogs and bratwurst at the Warming Hut at Crissy Field (weekends from 11-dusk) plus unbeatable views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge, http://www.letsbefrankdogs.com/