San Francisco - Food and Drink
From the chop-suey specials in Chinatown, to the steakhouses of the (appropriately named) Tenderloin district, San Francisco surprises and delights the food lover at every turn.
Chinatown’s restaurants offer a dizzying array of styles and flavours, with ‘Hong Kong’ style premises offering the most outlandish dishes, from sea cucumber to pig’s blood, and parts of chicken you’d, perhaps, ordinarily throw away. ‘California Chinese’ offer the more westernised menus of dim sum, fried rice and crispy duck.
Mexican food is popular too, with the Mission district offering spicy Tex-Mex, burritos and enchiladas. Italian food is served at a selection of good value, family-run restaurants in North Beach and Marina.
Fisherman’s Wharf is the place to go for fresh seafood, clam chowder, crab and lobster bisque. You’ll also get a great portion of fish and chips here, too!
Belden Place and the French quarter offer fine dining with a European twist, served with Napa Valley’s finest wines: San Francisco is a wine-lovers’ heaven, with excellent local wines served, relatively cheaply, in even the simplest of diners.
Currently, San Francisco is in the middle of a love affair with all things local. So you can expect to find the freshest, farm assured meats, locally made cheeses, artisan breads and market-fresh fruit and veg adorning the menus of trendy foodie districts, in Mission, Noe Valley, SOMA and Nob Hill.
Walking food tours are available that will take you on a culinary journey around the city or through Chinatown.
It's not only food that San Francisco likes to source locally, you can also find an endless choice of locally produced beers, wines and spirits. For beer lovers, add the 21st Amendment brewery to your itinerary or check out the Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room for even more craft beers. If wine is more to your taste, The Winery SF, Bluxome Street Winery, Winery Collective and Press Club all offer the chance to sample local wines. And, if you're more into the hard stuff, St.George Spirits' headquarters in Alameda is the place to be.