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What to Eat in San Francisco

San Francisco's dining scene is diverse in its culinary offerings, featuring both casual and upscale establishments as well as cuisine from around the world, helping it earn the distinction of one of the best foodie cities in the USA. Here you can find a bevy of Michelin-star establishments (it is one of only four cities in the U.S. to have a Michelin guide), coffee cafes (San Francisco has the most coffee shops per capita than any other U.S. city), as well as neighborhoods made famous for their international offerings, including North Beach (Italian), The Mission (Mexican) and Chinatown (Chinese), among others. But what makes San Francisco particularly stand out is commitment to utilizing what's available, instead of what they can get. Here the option to source ingredients locally is not so much a question but rather an expectation among the culinary community. 
San Franciscans are crazy about their local bounty and you should be too. In fact, stopping at a farmers market is a cultural experience here. There are more than 50 available in the Bay Area alone. The farmers market at the Ferry Building Marketplace acts as a microcosm of the city's culinary identity. The market works to showcase small, regional producers only and is frequented by more than 200 of the city's chefs, including Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement. 
You could spend days trying to navigate San Francisco's vast dining scene, but it moves pretty fast. The next big place to eat may not be the same a couple weeks later (in 2014, there was a new restaurant opening every week). That said, there are some establishments that have stood the test of time. You may want to opt for a classic bread bowl with clam chowder at Boudin's (the original creator of SF's famous sourdough), or visit the heavily lauded Tartine Bakery for this Bay Area classic. Speaking of desserts, Bi-Rite Creamery's ice cream and Golden Gate Bakery's egg tarts are said to be some of the city's best desserts. 
For coffee, Peets Coffee & Tea started in the Bay Area, though Philz Coffee gets much more love from locals. If you're more into beer, a visit at the Anchor Brewing Company is a must. There's Chinatown, but there's also Japantown in the Western Addition (one of three remaining in the continental USA). The Richmond is also said to be a top spot for Asian cuisine while the Mission is renowned for its Mexican food, specifically its burritos. Depending on who you ask, La Taqueria is said to have San Francisco's best burrito, though if you're cruising 24th street, you're likely to run into numerous neighborhood gems.  

San Francisco's dining scene is diverse in its culinary offerings, featuring both casual and upscale establishments as well as cuisine from around the world, helping it earn the distinction of one of the best foodie cities in the USA. Here you can find a bevy of Michelin-star establishments (it is one of only four cities in the U.S. to have a Michelin guide), coffee shops, as well as neighborhoods made famous for their international offerings, including North Beach (Italian), The Mission (Mexican) and Chinatown (Chinese), among others. But what makes San Francisco particularly stand out is commitment to utilizing what's available, instead of what they can get. Here the option to source ingredients locally is not so much a question but rather an expectation among the culinary community. 

San Franciscans are crazy about their local bounty and you should be too. In fact, stopping at a farmers market is a cultural experience here. There are more than 50 available in the Bay Area alone. The farmers market at the Ferry Building Marketplace acts as a microcosm of the city's culinary identity. The market works to showcase only small, regional producers and is frequented by more than 200 of the city's chefs, including Alice Waters of Chez Panisse, a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement. 

You could spend days trying to navigate San Francisco's vast dining scene, but it moves pretty fast. The next big place to eat may not be the same a couple weeks later (in 2014, there was a new restaurant opening every week). That said, there are some establishments that have stood the test of time. You may want to opt for a classic bread bowl with clam chowder at Boudin's (the original creator of SF's famous sourdough), or visit the heavily lauded Tartine Bakery for this Bay Area classic. Speaking of sweet treats, Bi-Rite Creamery's ice cream and Golden Gate Bakery's egg tarts are said to be some of the city's best desserts. 

For coffee, Peets Coffee & Tea started in the Bay Area, though Philz Coffee gets much more love from locals. If you're more into beer, a visit to the Anchor Brewing Company is a must. There's Chinatown, but there's also Japantown in the Western Addition (one of three remaining in the continental United States). The Richmond is also said to be a top spot for Asian cuisine while the Mission is renowned for its Mexican food, specifically its burritos. Depending on who you ask, La Taqueria is said to have San Francisco's best burrito, though if you're cruising 24th street, you're likely to run into numerous neighborhood gems.  

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#1 Mitchell's Ice Cream

#1 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 344 (344) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | American

688 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110-4925

688 San Jose Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110-4925

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#2 Don of The Bimini Twist

#2 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 5.0 out of 273 (273) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Japanese, American, Seafood

SOMA Neighborhood, San Francisco, CA 94107

SOMA Neighborhood, San Francisco, CA 94107

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#3 Acme Bread

#3 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 228 (228) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

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1 Ferry Plz, San Francisco, CA 94111-4212

1 Ferry Plz, San Francisco, CA 94111-4212

Ranked 4.5 out of 228 (228)
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#4 Tacorea

#4 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 5.0 out of 83 (83) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Mexican, Latin, South American, Central American

809 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312

809 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108-3312

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#5 Kokkari Estiatorio

#5 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 2550 (2550) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$$$ | Mediterranean, Greek

200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111-1806

200 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA 94111-1806

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#6 Molinari Delicatessen

#6 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 808 (808) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$ | Italian, Deli

373 Columbus Ave North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907

373 Columbus Ave North Beach, San Francisco, CA 94133-3907

Ranked 4.5 out of 808 (808)
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#7 B. Patisserie

#7 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 231 (231) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | French, Cafe

2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115-2515

2821 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115-2515

Ranked 4.5 out of 231 (231)
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#8 Eight Am

#8 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 938 (938) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American, Cafe

1323 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1330

1323 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133-1330

Ranked 4.5 out of 938 (938)
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#9 Dandelion Chocolate

#9 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 243 (243) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | Cafe

740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1735

740 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110-1735

Ranked 4.5 out of 243 (243)
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#10 Anchor Oyster Bar & Seafood Market

#10 of 6,329 Places to Eat in San Francisco

Ranked 4.5 out of 584 (584) TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

$$ - $$$ | American, Seafood, Soups

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511

579 Castro St, San Francisco, CA 94114-2511

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