Where to Eat in the Inner and Outer Sunset
The Sunset District, which runs south of Golden Gate Park, is full of international restaurants; especially along Ninth Avenue, which is not far from popular attractions such as the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum and San Francisco Botanical Garden. These neighborhood restaurants are easily reached via the N-Judah Muni Metro from downtown. Here are a few highlights of some local favorites that visitors would enjoy,
Arizmendi Bakery (1331 Ninth Ave.)
Lovers of carbs are well acquainted with the daily pizza available at this worker-owned co-op, along with the good scones, muffins, and more. You can bring granola home too.
Art’s Café (747 Irving St.)
Neighborhood diners and counters are a dying breed, but Art’s is keeping things alive and kicking and is even innovating the usual menu with dishes like their famed hash brown sandwich. You’ll see some Korean additions and influences on the menu, too.
Lime Tree (450 Irving St.)
There are two locations of this casual but delicious Malaysian restaurant. The roti pratha will quickly disappear from your table, along with the martabak (stuffed roti), corn fritters, beef rendang, and nasi goreng with chicken.
Nopalito (1224 Ninth Ave.)
This is the second location of one of the most adored places for quality Mexican cuisine in San Francisco. The masa is made in-house with organic corn, the carnitas are some of the city’s best, and the sustainable, high-quality ingredients really make every handmade dish shine.
Outerlands (4001 Judah St.)
Locals trek from across the city to dine at this Outer Sunset establishment, especially for weekend brunch. It has height-of-the-season dishes made with organic ingredients, plus craft cocktails, incredible house-baked bread and a rustic, beachy look.
San Tung (1031 Irving St.)
While San Tung’s dry-fried chicken wings are legendary, groups of diners also flock to their shrimp-leek dumplings and pot stickers, black bean sauce noodles, and more. Come with a group, but remember they are (in)famously closed on Wednesdays.
Thanh Long (4101 Judah St.)
Regular diners know what to order here: roasted crab (coated with garlicky butter) and garlic noodles, a secret family recipe. Prepare to get your hands dirty, and to leave with dragon breath. Make a reservation.
The Yellow Submarine (503 Irving St.)
This sub shop has a lot of sentimental value for many locals, but everyone can appreciate the good value, meatball sub and specials like their pepper steak sandwich. House-made potato chips/fries and hot sauce are other touches you’ll note.
Yummy Yummy (1015 Irving St.)
This Inner Sunset spot is homey and has a bunch of regulars who come for their raw beef salad, imperial rolls, beef pho and bun bo hue (vermicelli and beef soup) spiked with lemongrass. You’ll also find some seafood, like salt and pepper crab.
Marcia Gagliardi writes a popular insider weekly e-column, tablehopper, about the San Francisco dining and drinking scene, get all the latest news at www.tablehopper.com. Follow @tablehopper on Twitter and Instagram for more San Francisco finds!