San Francisco: 5 restaurants you need to try
Avoid the usual dining dilemma by ordering in from San Francisco’s new batch of restaurants. The variety is huge, spanning Bay Area-themed pizzas to DIY poke bowls and one of the best phos in town.
For access to breakfast at any time, look no further than this Russian Hill diner, which puts a modern spin on American classics. In addition to hearty omelettes, a few sweet options like French toast and pancakes, classics like avocado toast, and plenty of comfort food for later in the day. Charbroiled burgers with different cheesy toppings, regional American sandwiches (po’ boy, patty melt), and dinner plates starring fried chicken, pork chops, or roasted turkey are guaranteed to fill you up.
This pizza joint goes beyond tomato sauce and cheese. House specials include pies with SF-inspired monikers such as the Cable Car (garlic sauce, chicken, bacon, tomato, and green onions) and thin crust Lombard (feta, mozzarella, bacon, chicken, onion, and basil). The pastas skew traditional—for example: frutti di mare over fettuccine, baked ziti formaggi, and penne carbonara.
Warming bowls of pho from this Vietnamese restaurant hit the spot whenever temperatures take a dip. True to the owner’s roots, the fragrant soups are prepared Northern-style with thicker rice noodles. Other traditional dishes such as Com Thit Nuong (grilled pork on rice) and Xoi Ga Hoac Lap Xuong (sticky rice with steamed chicken or Chinese sausage) serve as alternatives to noodles.
Run by a trio of brothers who grew up in the Bay Area, Jack’s is the kind of place that’s easy to eat from every day because the extensive menu covers all three meals. For breakfast, you can choose from omelettes, griddled goods, or burritos; at lunch and dinner, there are enough variations on mac and cheese, burgers, and other comforting plates to keep things interesting for weeks to come.
It’s all about customization at this chainlet, which allows you to select every item that goes into the raw fish bowl. Start with a base (rice, greens, or even chips), followed by the seafood (tuna, salmon, etc.), then finish it off with veggies, sauces, and other typical poke garnishes (green onions, crab meat, and edamame). Don’t skip dessert—Poki offers macaron ice cream sandwiches in fun combos like passion fruit mango and cookies and cream.