Don’t judge a book by its cover. Because it’s the restaurants without all the pretense and flash that make the tastiest and most memorable food. All throughout San Francisco you can find local hole in the walls that serve amazingly delicious cuisine if you look close enough. The following are just 9 more of our favorite unassuming restaurants to add to your San Francisco bucket list. Check out below to read more about these unassuming restaurants in Fog City!
1. Lers Ros: 730 Larkin Street
Lers Ros is dedicated to serving authentic, unique and fresh Thai dishes. The only authentic Thai restaurant with rabbit, frog and venison on its regular menu, but even the pad thai rivals the best you'll find anywhere in Thailand.
2. Yamo: 3406 18th Street
Yamo is a hole-in-the-wall, located in the Mission, with only 8 seats at the bar. Dirt cheap, and better yet ---- no dish is more than $6. Also, all dishes are made fresh right in front of where you sit!
3. Darbar Restaurant: 1412 Polk Street
Darbar Restaurant is located on an eccentric block of Polk Street, and next to a lingerie shop. But, this restaurant serves freshly made and tasty Pakistani and Indian dishes spiced to order. Our favorites include; chicken boti, basmati rice, Palak Paneer and curries are delicious. Awesome!
4. Art's Cafe: 747 Irving St
Look beyond the exterior and eat up! Pictured is the Bulgogi beef and hash browns with sunny side up eggs. Art's Cafe serves up all-day breakfasts, American lunches and Korean BBQ in an old-school diner with counter seats only.
5. Turtle Power: 5716 Geary Blvd
Turtle Tower may seem like any other place, but not so. This is the place to get pho in Fog City that even other restauranteurs enjoy.
6. Bill's Place: 2315 Clement St
Bill's Place may seem like another burger spot, but this diner is known for serving burgers named after local celebrities. Get the Giants Burger (cheddar cheese, bacon and avocado), of course, with fries.
7. El Farolito Taqueria: 2779 Mission Street
Well known and appreciated by the Mission crowd and respected as one of the best places for burritos in Fog City. El Farolito Taqueria serves tacos and burritos until late-night for the post-bar crowd.
8. Swans Oyster Depot: 1517 Polk Street
For over 100 years, this "unassuming" lunch counter and seafood market in the Polk Gulch neighborhood has been a local favorite, serving up oysters, great clam chowder and beer.
9. Sam’s: 618 Broadway Street
One of the premier "hole in the wall" places, in a little spot in North Beach, which serves late night burgers, fries and pizza should be on your dining bucket list. This is old school San Francisco in every way.