San Franciscans should not brag, but our local food scene is world class and renowned. And that’s mainly because we have access to such a variety of seafood, farm fresh vegetables, fruit, and responsibly raised meat at our fingertips in San Francisco. For the tastiest options in Fog City, we start with highlighting the areas of North Beach, the Financial District, and Nob Hill. Check out these 8 stops on a San Francisco (SF) food trail and start munching away!
This food trail can easily be done by foot if you're willing to deal with the hills. You can drive and take public transportation just as well.
1. Slanted Door: The Ferry Building at Embarcadero.
Start the food trail at the Ferry Building. Sample any of the dishes at Slanted Door, a popular Embarcadero icon. Slanted Door features Vietnamese dishes from local and sustainable ingredients. Slanted Door showcases organic elements including grass-fed beef and pasture-raised, cage-free chickens. Local seafood options include wild Gulf shrimp, spicy Monterey squid and seared Ahi tuna, or just enjoy the raw seafood bar.
2. Dandelion Chocolate: Ferry Building, Embarcadero.
Sample the delicious chocolate from this San Francisco based rising star. This is not the main store, which is located in the Mission, but more of a hot chocolate stand. Also, chocolate samples are free, so prepare your taste buds.
3. Tadich Grill: Financial District.
When you leave Embarcadero stop at Tadich. Enjoy crab and shrimp salad and a martini. Tadich is old school San Francisco.
4. Réveille Coffee: North Beach/Financial District
Head for North Beach for coffee and added bites at Réveille. Order the avocado toast, a crunchy treat with a distinct savory taste to it. Also, the architecture of Réveille is eye catching, and the outdoor seating is a great spot to check out the pulse of San Francisco.
5. Molinari Delicatessen: North Beach
Check out Molinari nearby, and sample the deli treats or soak up the old school vibe. Order a hearty sandwich like the Luciano Special or Renzo. You will not be disappointed with the artisanal meats, cheeses & breads, and takeaway sandwiches. If it matters, Anthony Bourdain loves this place too.
6. L'Osteria Del Forno: North Beach
This is a hidden spot in a very busy neighborhood, so finding it may be difficult. It is worth the trouble! L'Osteria Del Forno is known for thin crust pizza, so we recommend ordering the prosciutto and arugula pizza, and finally make sure to get wine. This charming spot feels like it could be in Italy because it is intimate and small.
7. Gelateria Naia: North Beach
Sweeten things up and try Gelateria Naia for gelato. This place offers real gelato from scratch recipes using all-natural, whole ingredients. Naia specializes in Sicilian gelato, so if you've never been to Italy this is a good place to train.
8. Swan Oyster Depot: Polk Street Gulch.
The final stop is a good way to end. Founded in 1906, Swan Oyster Depot is a classic spot for the seafood lover especially for one into quick oyster snacks! So, order a few oysters and watch the staff crack crabs, shuck oysters, dish out chowder, and pour beer for the masses streaming in off the street. Bon appétit!