Over Memorial Day weekend, my boyfriend and I took advantage of the long weekend to explore San Francisco.
I’ve flown into San Francisco twice, but immediately went to the Napa/Sonoma area. This was actually our plan originally (we love us some wine country), but I found out that I’m going to Napa in August for a work retreat.
Is there a thing as too much Napa? I don’t think so, but we decided it’s time to stay in the city and see all that San Francisco has to offer.
We started with the food. Across this sprawling city are many different neighborhoods with the most mouth watering menus in all types of cuisine.
It was difficult to decide where to eat every night because of all the options, but our final decisions did not disappoint one bit(e).
I’d like to share with you some of the restaurants and breweries we visited during our stay, with a main focus on our favorite meal we had on the first night in the Castro neighborhood.
Hang Ah – Chinatown
You already know that Chinatown is a go-to for the best authentic Chinese food. We did a little research and found Hang Ah Tea Room, which has been a Chinatown staple since 1920 known for its dim sum. There was a small wait for our table, so we checked out the menu online and ordered this deliciousness as soon as we sat down. We splurged on dumplings, pork buns, pot stickers, and sesame chicken. SO GOOD.
Another historic staple of San Francisco, Anchor has been around since 1896. The atmosphere makes it easy to enjoy the delicious beers and meet new friends. They have game nights and you can bring your own food. I highly recommend stoping by for a beverage or three!
This place was so perfect for brunch, but they had a great looking dinner menu too. Its adorable interior makes it warm and welcoming. We had great service and the portions were generous. I had to try the Thai herb pork sausage as a side to my veggie omelette, since it’s a Thai Fusion restaurant after all. It was amazing. And check out those chicken and waffles!
Does it get any more amazing than an Italian restaurant with a Japanese twist? I don’t think so, especially after visiting this unique spot. I can’t remember how we found this interesting eatery, but I’m SO glad we did. We got to meet the owner, a sushi chef who found Italian food irresistible. He had the genius idea to combine the two flavors and create a tasty menu. We split a sushi roll, two different types of pastas and a dessert.
Aurora Ristorante Italiano – Sausalito
We took the ferry over to Sausalito and walked around the cute little town. It was really crowded, so we decided to venture off the beaten path and we ran into this quaint Italian restaurant. We already had dinner plans for later in the city, so we didn’t experience any of the entrees. Instead, we got this yummy mix of antipasti, which was one of the specials for the day. We had a perfect sunny day to enjoy their outdoor seating too, which is always a plus.
Beso – Castro
I saved the best for last! This Spanish Tapas spot was so delightful. We had a blast in this upbeat environment, and a hard time deciding what to get for our dinner. We wanted it all, but we opted for: shishito peppers, pan con tomate, cojonudo (toast point, hot Palacio chorizo, quail egg), setas (roasted wild mushroom, rosemary manchego cheese, lemon zest), pulpo a la gallega (seared Spanish octopus, olive oil crushed potato, shaved fennel, pimenton), and of course dessert!
There are plenty of amazing food options in San Francisco. We didn’t get to try half the places we found online, but I hope this helps in your San Francisco food journey!