Blue Bottle Coffee – my favorite coffee beverages and beans in the US. Order the magnificent Gibraltor, which is a cross between a short Cappuccino and a Macchiato in a larger shot glass and not on any menu. Original location is a walk up Kiosk on Linden (Alley) in Hayes Valley. They’ve since expanded with locations at SF Ferry Bldg, Mint Plaza, Webster St in Oakland where they have a roastery, MOMA and now Williamsburg, NY.
Brendas French Soul Food – My favorite place for breakfast and brunch. Come here for tasty New Orleans/Southern food outside of Louisiana. They make a great gumbo and their Flight of Beignets is a must try.
Dynamo Donuts -Best bacon maple donut on the West Coast. They also serve 4 Barrel Coffee.
Frances – Bon Appetit recently voted Frances as one of their Top 10 new restaurants of 2010. Creative delicious reasonably priced comfort food in a cozy neighborhood.
Humphrey Slocombe Ice Cream – creative flavors incorporating local SF staples and favorites
La Taqueria – Home to my favorite and the best juicy pork /carnitas taco in the city. 2889 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 285-7117. Cash only, no website.
Mission Chinese Food – formerly known as Mission Street Food – is now open full time, serving inventive and creative food with an emphasis on Asian Cuisine. Partial profits are still going to local charities.
Molinari Deli – A SF institution in the heart of North Beach. Come here for some of the best Italian meats & sausages, cheeses, house made ravioli and Italian goods. They also make their own salami, which is also sold nationwide. 373 Columbus Avenue, SF, CA 94133. No website, but below is link for their salami.
Saigon Sandwich – SF’s best Banh Mi’s, located in the beloved Tenderloin and it’s always packed. 560 Larkin Street, SF, CA 94109. (415) 474-5698. Call for hours; they close early. Cash only. No website.
Swan Oyster Depot – A SF institution. Bar seating, fresh Oysters, Boston Clam Chowder, Lobster, & delicious fresh seafood cocktails and salads served with traditional SF Sourdough. There’s always a line, but even the locals will wait. This place is super tiny, so bringing an entourage is a bad idea. 1517 Polk Street, SF, CA 94109. (415) 673-1101. Cash only. No website.