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March 1, 2017

Where to Eat in San Francisco This Month: A Visual Guide

San Francisco is so darn delicious, but the problem is that the food scene within these 49 square miles changes so much that it's hard to keep up (even for us locals). Luckily, there's Instagram to help us decide where to eat next. Get ready to salivate. This is where you should eat next.

China Live (644 Broadway)

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The long awaited wait is finally over. China Live, a gastronomic adventure in the heart of San Francisco's Chinatown, offers an in-depth exploration of Greater Chinese cuisine. Think Eataly for Chinese food as they demystify Chinese ingredients and recipes while educating guests on the rich history and influence. www.chinalivesf.com

Straw (203 Octavia Blvd.)


Straw is your Hayes Valley neighborhood spot serving carnival-inspired comfort food. At Straw, there are accents from your favorite carnival throughout our decor and craveable, creative dishes. Oh yeah, and a Tilt-A-Whirl booth. Their famous Ringmaster Donut Burger and Fried Chicken-n-Waffle Monte Cristo have been featured on the Travel Channel, Cooking Channel and the Food Network. www.strawsf.com

Del Popolo (855 Bush St.)

 

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Launched as a mobile pizzeria in 2012, Del Popolo churned out Neapolitan-inspired pizza from a glass enclosed shipping container on a Freightliner truck. Since November 2015, they've called their spot on Bush Street home and it's your newest go-to pizza spot. Don't believe us? Michelin awarded it Bib Gourmand and it was named one of San Francisco's best restaurants in 2016 by the San Francisco Chronicle. www.delpopolosf.com

Rambler (545 Post St.)


Rambler is a spirited spot for great food, craft cocktails and conversation. Pop in for snacks and sips; post up at the bar for pizza from the wood-fired oven, or go all out with a multi-course meal in the dining room. If you’re a cocktail enthusiast, you’ll appreciate the clandestine vibe of Rambler’s petite Zinc Bar. There’s also a stellar weekend brunch, too.

Contrada SF (2136 Union St.)

 

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Contrada SF is fun, warm, welcoming, lively and convivial. It's perfect for an intimate date or a nosh on their local clams pizza and a glass of wine at the bar. www.contradasf.com

Wine Down SF (685 Folsom St.)

 

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The Wine Down SF is a fun bar in San Francisco's SoMa neighborhood that serves awesome California wine, beer and food. They'll help you wine down your day while also bringing wine down to earth. Perfect for your next happy hour. www.winedownsf.com

Tratto (501 Geary Blvd.)


Tratto technically means "the stroke of a pen" or "a mark" in Italian, but to us it just means delicious. To say the menu of homemade pastas, sausage and pizzas is simple is an understatement. It's flavorful. Just look at the pasta. www.tratto-sf.com

Teo Restaurant (1111 Mission St.)

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Teo's food might look like Chinese food, but that would be just ignorant of us. It is Chinese food: specifically, it's Teo Chew, also known as Chui Chow or Chaozhou, a regional Chinese cuisine. During lunch time, warm your bones with a bowl of beef noodle soup or Teo traditional rice noodle porridge, which you can't get anywhere else in the Bay. After lunch, Teo classes it up for dinner with exceptional dishes like abalone and cooked crab (Teo style). This a perfect stop for a lunchtime snack, sit-down dinner or everything in between. They do have a bar, too. www.teosf.com

Central Station Deli (728 Vallejo St.)

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If you thought the bread choice among locals is sourdough, nine out of 10 times you'd be wrong. It's actually Dutch Crunch, another type of bread you can only find in San Francisco and the Bay Area. There's no debate about that. However, there is a debate about what goes between the bread and where to get it. Enter Central Station Deli, one of North Beach's newest sandwich stalwarts, giving Molinari's a run for its money. www.centralstationdeli.com

Finn Town (2511 Market St.)

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From the mind of nationally-known San Francisco chef Ryan Scott comes his newest venture in the Castro, Finn Town. A tavern with a twist, the menu includes those delicious deviled eggs seen above, as well as a double-stacked burger that you'll definitely need napkins for (not that that's a bad thing). Rounding out the menu is their cornflake-crusted fried chicken sandwich and decadent desserts like Death by Chocolate. Here's a little bit of trivia, so you look like you know a thing or two when you go there: Finn Town is the original name of the Castro neighborhood. www.finntownsf.com

Rouge (1500 Broadway)


It's San Francisco quirkiness at its finest, and perhaps the only known taqueria/high-end nightclub in the city. Since 2002, Rouge has shared their space with everyone's favorite taco spot (not in the Mission). It's a win-win, since the space is only used partially by both, but a win-win-win for everyone else. Pro Tip: Although it might sound like a great idea to check out this place on Taco Tuesday, everyone else has the same exact thought as you do. Check it out any other day if you want to avoid the crowd. www.nickscrispytacos.com

Lemonade (781 Mission St.)


Starting out 2017 on a healthy kick? So are we. Lemonade says it's a modern marketplace, but really it's a cool play on the old-school cafeteria, with delicious sides, salads and soups. Just grab a tray and point to what you want. Everything is delicious and healthy (with maybe an exception for that sandwich pictured above). www.lemonadela.com

Waxman's (900 North Point St.)

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If you find yourself in Fisherman's Wharf and you're not in the mood for crab, oysters or seafood (we get it, you can only have so much), there's a classy spot just for you right in the historic Ghirardelli Square. It's called Waxman's. The menu highlights the Bay Area's seasonality and fresh farmers' market ingredients. That means the menu changes one day to the next, and that duck you see might not be there, so go here as fast as you can. www.waxmanssfo.com

Barcha (28 Fremont St.)


In the heart of the Financial District, sits this Mediterranean oasis serving bistro-style small plates with a hint of Parisian flair, mixed with Turkish, Tunisian and Spanish influences. Think tapas, falafels and shwarma on the same menu. We call that a winning menu. www.barcha-sf.com

White Chapel (600 Polk St.)

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After you've made your way through this list, you'll probably be thirsty. For a nightcap and another burger (when in San Francisco, right?), head to one of America's best bars, White Chapel. As you cross the threshold, you'll be transported to the London Tube, minus the grime but with a lot of gin--almost 400 different kinds of gin. This is a place where it's OK to ask for the bartender's choice. www.whitechapelsf.com

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