Eat + Drink
Your run-of-the-mill meatball has niente on Barbacco’s polpette—a Sicilian fête of flavors rolled up in three mammoth orbs by chef and co-owner Staffan Terje. Served at the restaurant with a superb tomato sugo over a bed of braised chard, the morsels, speckled with sweet golden raisins and toothsome pine nuts, offer a mouthful of umami followed by a subtle, enduring heat. These balls belong on your holiday table.
It’s that time of year, folks, when visions of giblets and gravy boats dance in our heads. If you happen to be hosting Thanksgiving this year, or acting as MVP by bringing the turkey to a potluck bash, you may be hot on the hunt for the perfect bird. And for gourmands that want to opt for something organic, heritage-bred, or just more flavorful, local Bay Area butchers and markets have you covered.
Susan Coss likes to discover delicious things. The hunt for interesting flavors is what brought her to Oaxaca for the first time in 2003, to celebrate Dia de los Muertos and to explore the food scene. And although her first encounter with mezcal was “pretty terrible and overwhelmingly smoky,” her subsequent tastes of the distinct Mexican liquor turned her into an obsessive connoisseur.
Portero Hill’s oh-so-Instagrammable brunch hotspot, Plow, has some of the best potatoes in the city. Hand-mashed and sprinkled with rosemary and thyme, the crispy side dish makes braving the brunch line totally worth it. Even better, now you can get plowed at home and cook these babies up whenever you want. Just follow this easy recipe.
Winter is approaching, time to warm up with some libations.
San Franciscans are serious about their coffee. On those afternoons (ok, every afternoon) when all you need is a cold pick-me-up, head to one of these cafes for a deliciously frothy cold brew.
Your guide to the tastiest foodie happenings going down this week. Bon Appetit!
Nothing beats a bowl of noodle soup when the fog rolls in. These San Francisco hot spots serve up some of the largest, steaming bowls of pho around, guaranteed to keep you nice and warm on these chilly SF nights.
Known for its bounty of tasty restaurants and coffee shops, SoMa is a delicious blend of techies and hipsters, sandwich shops and Michelin-starred restaurants, and breweries and wine bars. Here's where to eat and drink when you're in the neighborhood.