Cool Off This Summer at 5 of San Francisco’s Hottest Restaurants
San Francisco is the perfect place to unwind this summer. With its mild temperatures and vibrant local culture, the Bay Area will make you feel right at home. Spend your days hitting the beach, scoping out one of the city’s legendary museums or plan a trip to Golden Gate Park. No matter where you go, San Francisco will take your breath away. Stop off at one of these delicious Bay Area restaurants and experience the rich, eccentric flavors of one of the greatest cities in America.
Chinatown has never looked so good! Mister Jiu’s is determined to change the way San Francisco thinks about Chinese food. Owner and Executive Chef Brandon Jew has completely remade the city’s notorious Four Seas building into a bustling ultramodern restaurant. The menu features unique flavor combinations including some of China’s best-kept culinary secrets. Everything is local, organic and made fresh in house. Dinner is served banquet style with 3 courses per person. From pork and squid wontons to smoked hodo tofu, everything at Mister Jiu’s will stun and surprise you.
Part old-fashioned movie house and part upscale eatery, Foreign Cinema is reinventing the way we experience food. This gorgeous interior is designed to showcase some of the world’s best cinema with its drop down projector and intimate setting. Food wise, Foreign Cinema loves its seafood. They have an endless variety of oysters from all over the U.S., fresh shellfish, lobster and caviar. But the biggest attraction by far is their homemade organic “Pop-Tarts,” featuring a crispy crust with homemade frosting and delicious peach or blackberry filling. Foreign Cinema will turn your childhood favorite into a lifelong obsession.
Just a few blocks from the tip of Golden Gate Park, Zazie has become the number-one brunch spot in the city. If you’re willing to wait it out first thing in the morning, Zazie will not leave you disappointed. From their cream cheese coffee cake to the gingerbread pancakes, everything on the menu is truly to die for. They will top your eggs with just about anything you can think of including layers of fresh avocado, wilted spinach, wild mushrooms and thick cuts of farm fresh cheese. For your convenience, Zazie is also proud to be tip free. Leave your calculator at home.
Al’s Place was designed for those lazy summer afternoons. The open-air patio creates a peaceful, cozy atmosphere. Offering a range of light, vegetable-oriented snacks, Al’s has become the go-to place for healthy eaters in San Francisco. The menu features a refreshing mix of seasonal items including stone fruit curry, chilled green bean casserole, and brine pickled French fries with a side of smoked apple sauce. Somewhere between a community garden and a hip lunch spot, Al’s is not to be missed if you love the taste of freshly picked greens.
With a tagline that reads, “The World’s Best Tacos and Burritos in the Whole World,” this hole-in-the-wall Mexican restaurant has to be good. Everything on the menu is crafted with absolute authenticity. La Taqueria has even awarded the prestigious “Best Burrito” award. The dishes are the definition of affordable with dozens of individual tacos and cheese-loaded quesadillas. The Lemongrass Beef Pot Pie has been a crowd pleaser for years with its fresh blend of herbs and juicy cuts of meat. Bite into a 40-year-old legend and plan a trip to San Francisco’s signature taqueria.
San Francisco has no shortage of delicious bites and succulent drinks. If you’re lucky enough to spend your summer in the Bay Area this year, roll up your sleeves and dive into a world of flavor.