The fourth annual San Francisco Street Food Festival sponsored by La Cocina has over 70 food vendors in a holding pattern about to divebomb six blocks of the Mission this Saturday. This year, there is also a ticketed Night Market fundraiser on Friday night at Alemany Market (with heat lamps), and a host of food entrepreneurship related panels on Sunday. Whether you're a dabbling street food enthusiast or an industry die-hard, there's a perfect bite waiting to be had. Here are a few pointers to help navigate the weekend's street food madness so you can get the most out of it.
From local artist Tucker Nichols' quirky collection at Park Life to the vibrant animal print t-shirts designed by Artillery AG owner, Ivan Lopez, we scoured through endless (virtual) piles of t-shirts and found seven stand-out designs from local artists. Guys (We're talking to you, Zuck.), if you're going to wear a t-shirt, wear one of these.
It’s a natural fit, because this is the startup that has been connecting many of those individual street vendors – people with a food stand or cart in the Mission, a truck, a pop-up café, or a stand at the Farmers Market – with the businesses downtown ordering meals for their employees.
Great patios are few and far between in chilly San Francisco, but we still host a few restaurants whose outside spaces double as secret oases (Foreign Cinema, Saison). Now Central Kitchen—the second venture from Flour + Water partners David Steele, David White, and chef Thomas McNaughton—joins the posse with an indoor/outdoor spot down the street from their original restaurant.
The problem is, there are loads of amazing spots to nosh and drink in the 510. So many, in fact, that we split our top picks into four parts categorized by neighborhood. In our first installment, we begin with Downtown, Uptown, and Jack London Square.
The designer behind the Mission's Zoe Bikini grew up in Santa Barbara, but she now resides in Marin with a sun deck and a bounty of bikinis. Zoe recently relaunched her website boasting her customizable swim styles as the Bay Area enters Indian Summer—the best time of year to wear a bikini locally (fingers crossed for beach days soon!). Here, the seasoned beach goer offers up her favorite sandy spots to show them off at.
In the July/August issue, we took a closer look at San Francisco’s challenging late-night dining scene with an article that sparked plenty of interest, comments, and controversy. While our city definitely shuts down early, good news: there are still plenty of places that serve food past 10 p.m., from the grubby to the greasy to the gourmet.
Excerpted from the new Tablehopper's Top Late-Night Eats in SF app, here are 50 of our favorites:
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