San Francisco gastronomes are well versed in our annual Big Eat SF—for more than a decade, you've been checking dishes off our list of the city's must-eats. Last year, we invited Oaklanders to the party with our Big Eat Oakland. And now, drumroll please, we're bringing the Big Eat to Wine Country tables.
We live for brunch. But with our obsession for eggs Benedict and bottomless mimosas come long lines and hanger pains. Well, we're not gonna take it anymore. For all of you who have something better to do than stand in line, skip the hyped-up hot spots and head to one these less crowded restaurants for a ready table and an equally delicious brunch.
As a culinary mecca populated with world renowned chefs and recreational foodies alike, it makes sense that San Francisco is a hotspot for underground supper clubs. These social dining experiences can take place anywhere from a Victorian house in the Mission to a houseboat on the bay. They're often themed and typically feature local ingredients, but the off-the-grid aspect of the dinners is arguably their most alluring quality.
That most all-American of sandwiches is a bit of lab rat here in San Francisco, where creative chefs test and try, test and try until they find just the right twist on the classic to arrive at their own signature cheeseburger. With so much culinary talent here, it’s tough to choose our favorites. But, of course, someone’s got to do it. Here are our carefully taste-tested picks for the eight most bomb cheeseburgers in SF.
On the island of Maui, Ka'anapali beach resort may be best known for its fine sands, crystalline waters, and sublime views of Lanai and Molokai. But the island-style food here, as well as in nearby Lahaina, is also worth writing home about. Whether you crave seared ahi, local kalua pork, or Spam musubi (yes, that's a thing), here's where to eat when you're on the island.
For all the obsession over celebrity chefs, one might think a restaurant’s success is determined solely by its food. But anyone who’s worked in the industry knows better—it is often the front of house, or even those behind the scenes, who propel our favorite eateries (and their chefs) to stardom. Here in San Francisco, one restaurant consultant seems to have the magic touch. And nope, you’ve never heard of her.
Over the past few years, a slew of developments along San Francisco’s grandest thoroughfare has led to the recent minting of a shiny new Mid-Market neighborhood. The seven-block stretch of Market Street, between Van Ness and 5th Street, is relishing renewed vitality, with the openings of killer markets, restaurants, bars, culture and more. Here's your Mid-Market to-do list.
Sandwiched between the Marina and Pacific Heights, Cow Hollow is a stroll down shopping lane for yoga pant-wearing ladies with strollers and small dogs. The main drag, Union Street between Divisadero and Laguna, is great for a walk, with plenty of restaurants, bars, coffee and juice shops to stop and refuel.
Ten years ago, if you asked to speak to the sommelier of a restaurant, it's likely an older gentleman would make his way to your table to discuss varietals. In recent years, however, women have succeeded in disrupting the traditionally male-dominated industry.