I absolutely love eating out in San Francisco. There are an overwhelming amount of amazing, offbeat places to check out, there is always something for everyone, always an option for just about any type of food you are looking for. I know I have just scratched the surface with the spots I was able to visit. I'm only going to highlight three restaurants today, but I have plenty of other places to tell you all about, that's for sure! At some point, be on the lookout for another post about some more great eats in the city of SF!
My favorite dinner experience was at Foreign Cinema, in the Mission District. There was such a super cool vibe - just an excellent, unique ambiance. Without even taking the food into consideration, the experience itself was great. If you're seated in the partially covered and heated outdoor area (definitely worth it), you'll be treated to an old foreign film being played on a big outside wall - sometimes with audio. The service was great, the waitstaff very friendly and accommodating. The menu was fantastic - a bit fancy, but great and eclectic and ample. The food was excellent, I had a Burratta Salad as an appetizer, and it was absolutely mouthwatering. I also had a fantastic steak, which was cooked to perfection. Keep in mind that you get what you pay for, so be prepared for a pricey meal. Note: There is an extensive oyster bar, wine list and cheese menu, and the desserts were amazing. Also, they have a weekend brunch on Saturdays, which I did not go to, but I would guess is amazing.
Late one night wandering around Union Square, I stepped into King of Thai Noodle on O'Farrell Street, mainly because it was open and I was hungry. And even though it looked kind of like a sketchy strip mall type of restaurant, it was packed. I gotta say, I was pleasantly surprised with my meal. My huge bowl of noodle soup was piping hot, really tasty and cheap, and it came out quickly. It was totally tiny and cramped inside, but the service was good and fast, and I would definitely stop in again to try another noodle bowl.
John's Grill, a very well known seafood/steakhouse right in the heart of the city, is apparently a favorite with locals and celebrities. I went there early one night with friends for dinner based on some really good yelp reviews, and was happily surprised that I didn't have trouble getting a table. I'm assuming because it was pretty early at about 6 pm. Two of us had the Filet Mignon, which was cooked perfectly. The menu didn't mention that the steak came with sides, so we each ordered a side, and ended up with way too much to eat! I had the Roquefort Salad to start, and it was huge - could have easily been a dinner salad because it was covered with shrimp, and there was enough for at least two. Our waitress looked like she didn't want to be there and wasn't friendly, but I suppose she did her job. They didn't have mojitos or the particular wine that we were hoping for, unfortunately. The atmosphere was kind of neat though, old timey wood walled steakhouse feel with nice dim lighting. If you like dessert, I highly recommend the chocolate mousse - it was fantastic. Overall, the food was very good, just priced pretty high in my opinion - our bill was $180 for two salads, 2 steaks, 2 sides, 1 seafood dinner, one glass of wine and one dessert.
Be sure to stop back next week! I'll be posting about some of my awesome experiences in traveling through California.