And which dishes to order
Nomsters! After traveling all over the Bay looking for awesome foodie adventures, we’ve compiled our definitive list of the best restaurants in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, and we’ve included our favorite dish at each place so you know exactly what to order. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the noms (in no particular order)!
Best Restaurants in the SF Bay Area and what you should order:
1. Curio’s Cinnamon Babka French Toast
To start off our list best restaurants in San Francisco, we’ve got Curio Bar and their Cinnamon Babka French Toast! You’ve never had french toast like this (unless you’ve been here before and ate it), and we can’t stress how awesome it was. The toast was perfectly moist, and it was literally like eating a cinnamon roll with all that other amazing stuff on top! Curio prepares this masterpiece with mascarpone, apple jam & cider vinegar syrup. There are just so many complimentary flavors with the sweetness, tartness, and creaminess… everyone just needs to try this now!
Read our full post about Curio HERE
2. Little Charlie’s Gourmet Cookies
I think the photo speaks for itself, but these cookies from Little Charlie’s are insanely good! First off, they’re huge, and second, they’re gooey in all the right places, and they melt in your mouth. There are some definite staples in their repertoire, but they also experiment with new cookies pretty often, so check back frequently! They currently operate out of their home and take online orders, and they make visits to South San Francisco, Emeryville, and Antioch once a month for pick-ups, so it’s easy to get your hands on some of these.
3. Augie’s Montreal Deli’s Reuben Sandwich
This deli is a straight up gem conveniently located in Berkeley, just off Ashby and Seventh. It’s Canadian-owned, and their management couldn’t possibly be friendlier or more accommodating. And their meats need to be tasted to believe! It’s moist, perfectly cooked and seasoned on the outside, and to top it all off, the put it through a panini press, which gives the bread that awesome, toasted, crispy texture and taste. Oh, and they seriously stack the meat in all their sandwiches, so you definitely get your money’s worth.
4. Straw’s Fried Chicken -n- Waffle Monte Cristo
This chicken and waffles creation from Straw was one of the best and most creative things we’ve had in awhile. It’s got crispy chicken strips and Swiss cheese in between two cornmeal Belgian waffles with raspberry preserves spread across the bottom waffle and powdered sugar and syrup over the top. The chicken even has a little heat! If you’re looking to take your chicken and waffles game to the next level, hit up Straw ASAP.
5. Aria’s Sweet and Spicy Korean Fried Chicken
Next up, one of our definite fave dishes from one of the best restaurants in San Francisco is Aria’s Sweet and Spicy Korean Fried Chicken! Aria is a Korean tapas joint that puts their own spin on Korean street food. Their Sweet and Spicy Fried Chicken was off the chain! It was just the right amount of spicy, and they ONLY use dark meat that they pick up fresh every couple days, so you know you’re getting the best and most flavorful stuff.
Read our full post about Aria HERE
6. Rooster & Rice’s “The Original”:
How can something that looks so simple be so freakin’ bomb? Rooster & Rice has expanded like crazy within the city over the past couple years, and it’s for good reason – this ranks as some of the best food in San Francisco if you’re looking for something quick! This is their take on the Thai street food, Khao Mun Gai, and we agree with everything about it. The chicken is moist, the sauce is like a gingery ponzu and is perfectly complementary, the cucumber adds some refreshment, and if you’re a fan of spicy stuff, you HAVE to add some of the habanero sauce on top. Boom.
Read our full post about Rooster & Rice HERE
7. SPRO Coffee Lab’s Umami Bomb:
Avocado toast had its moment, and much of the craze has died down at this point. Had you heard the joke – “avocado toast is the reason millennials (like us) can’t afford to buy houses”? We can believe that. But despite the slight decline in popularity and all the mediocre avocado toast around the bay, SPRO found a way to make their version of it one of our favorite dishes in the city. Thanks to an awesome combo of avocado, ikura, togarashi chili, and black truffle citrus ponzu among other ingredients, This is one of the most unique and bomb diggity toasts we’ve had in recent memory. SPRO is also well known for their creative coffee drinks like the “Cold Fashioned” so on many levels we consider this food truck one of the top restaurants in San Francisco!
Read our full post about SPRO Coffee Lab HERE
8. The Baked Bear’s Ice Cream Sandwiches:
If you’re in the mood for dessert and you’ve got a serious sweet tooth, The Baked Bear is, without a doubt, one of the best places to eat in San Francisco. There are lots of ice cream joints around the Bay that have unique takes on the classic dessert such as ice cream in a donut, ice cream with eggettes, rolled ice cream (and let’s be real, all of those are delicious!), but there’s just something about warm, soft cookies and brownies with creamy, smooth ice cream that just hits the spot every time. We got freshly baked funfetti cookies on the outside with a warm, gooey brownie in between scoops of cheesecake and bear batter ice creams. You can also get ice cream cones with any combination of cookies, brownies, and ice cream. Mind. Blown.
Read our full post about The Baked Bear HERE
9. Villon’s Ricotta Pancakes:
Villon is a bomb restaurant located in the Proper Hotel in SF that has one of the best brunch menus we’ve seen in town. At a glance, these Ricotta Pancakes may just look like regular ones, but holy cow, they’re so much better than that. Here’s another dish where you can tell a lot of thought and passion has gone into creating something both ridiculously nomtastic and super aesthetically pleasing. Because these were made with ricotta, the pancakes were denser and that was part of what made them incredible. The beautifully laid out fruit and mist of powdered sugar on top added just enough sweetness to satisfy our taste buds all around. As a bonus, in the same hotel there’s another spot called Charmaine’s, which is a rooftop bar and lounge if you’re looking for one of the best restaurants in San Francisco with a view!
10. Ramenwell’s Signature Pork Ramen:
Last, but definitely, DEFINITELY not least was the Signature Pork Ramen from Ramenwell, a ramen and izakaya joint in San Francisco’s Mission district. One of the main problems with a lot of places that serve tonkotsu ramen is that they don’t make the broth thick enough. Tonkotsu is bone marrow broth and NEEDS to be thick and rich, which is exactly what Ramenwell does, and it’s incredible. Add a thick cut piece of pork in there and some springy noodz, and you got yourself one heck of a bowl.
Read our full post about Ramenwell HERE
So that’s it! We hope these recommendations help to give you some eating inspiration and find something new. Have you tried anything in our list of dishes you must eat in San Francisco and the rest of the Bay Area? What do you think of them? Let us know your thoughts!