Cure What Ails You with Bone Broth


With San Francisco summer comes summer colds, which, in an unofficial poll, ranks highest on the scale of most frustrating sicknesses—enter the latest miracle cure-slash-craze, bone broth. Touted for its health benefits (healing a wounded gut, improving digestion, soothing the nervous system, rebuilding cartilage, and fostering general comfy cozy feelings), it's become a bit of a thing in the food world and beyond, with NBC's "Today" naming this "the year of bone broth." With the first dedicated Broth Bar opening at the end of June in Portland, we're nearly certain an SF institution of the same ilk is not far behind. Until then, here's where to get your bone broth fix—beyond just the standard cup—nearby.

Bone Broth Cocktails at Belcampo Meat Company

In addition to their standard to-go cups of broth, Bay Area-based sustainable butcher-restaurant Belcampo Meat Co. is spiking their libations with the stuff: The Boney Mary ($12) comes with barley spirit, organic tomato, bone broth, shotgun sauce, horseradish, lemon, black pepper, and spices, while the Bone Broth Toddy ($12) offers a piping hot mug with broth, montillado Sherry, shotgun sauce, Calabrian chile, sage, rosemary, and lemon zest. // 1998 Polk St.

The Whole Beast's Bone Broth Flight

Get a triple whammy and sample the intricacies of meaty juiciness with this off-menu secret: A bone broth flight of lamb, turkey, and mixed meats broth for $6 at The Hall. // 1028 Market St.

To-Go Cups at Proposition Chicken

Proposition Chicken's broth really pushes the health agenda: Their $4 cup chicken bone broth, is made from water, air-chilled chicken bones, vegetables, and herbs that are simmered with another miracle elixir, apple cider vinegar, for 24 hours, which purportedly gets more nutrients like calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, as well as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphates (just like your joint vitamins), from the bones. // 1750 Market St. 

Bone Broth Pho Bowls at Mekong Kitchen

Mekong Kitchen offers simple cups of bone broth for a mere $3.95, but why stop there? Step up your bone broth game with mouthwatering pho bowls served with beef, chicken, veggie, or spicy oxtail. Chef Tim Luym’s chicken and beef bone broths include a mixture of marrow, neck, and tendons for a rich, dense broth full of complex flavors you simply won’t find elsewhere. Add in the classic pho ingredients, and you have yourself a completely satisfying meal. // 4039 18th Street

Grab-and-Go Bone Broth at Proper Food

Proper Food's grab-your-lunch-and-run style makes it easy to pick up your cup of bone broth and jet back to the office or your next meeting before anyone notices your absence.  Proper’s $5.25 cup of broth comes teeming with roasted free range chicken, bone broth, oregano, thyme, Aleppo pepper, and sea salt, keeping with their promise of high quality ingredients and clean, healthy eats. // 116 Montgomery Street

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