San Francisco December 05, 2017
10 Foods That Every San Franciscan Craves When They Leave San Francisco
If you have to leave San Francisco then you have to leave behind the local food. Food in San Francisco is serious business from every culinary corner from North Beach aka Little Italy to Chinatown and more. Don’t forget this essential list of food if you leave San Francisco.
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1. Chowder in a Bread Bowl
The chowder is linked to "San Francisco," for obvoius reasons. this is the first food that comes to mind. Chowder is special here because of the sourdough that makes it that wonderful and tastier.
2. Mission Style Burritos
San Franciscans want them quick, cheap, well-stuffed, and from nowhere other than an authentic Mission taqueria. Rice optional. The Mission burrito has become very popular throughout California and defines our brand of Mexican food.
3. Ice Cream
San Francisco is a world class spot for many different types of artisanal ice cream. If you want to get organic, creative flavors, or old school options then look no further. The number of ice cream shops in town is overwhelming too.
Another great addition to the food of San Francisco from Little Italy. Cioppino, this s a seafood-tomato mélange that was born right here in San Francisco by Italian immigrants in the late 1800s and continues to be a must-try dish.
5. Sourdough Bread
Sourdough bread is special here. Natural yeasts and bacteria in the air are used for fermentation, and it's been said that SF has the perfect climate for this process. Now, we have some of the most respected bakeries perfecting the sourdough formula.
In particular, you'll leave the city and miss paying at least $4 for toast. Why? Because toast in the city is made with artisan bread, sliced thick and toasted to perfection, and topped with a generous layer of avocado! Yum.
7. Apple Fritters
Old timers will know Bob's Donut & Pastry Shop on Polk Street and has a decidedly old-school vibe. The donuts like the apple fritter are awesome because they are crisp-soft and topped with lots of cinnamon and apples.
8. Egg Custard Tarts
Egg Custard Tarts are especially good at Golden Gate Bakery in the city. The San Francisco kind is special because of the large Chinese influence in the city. Expect flaky, creamy, and buttery morsels to eat with an egg custard tart.
9. Kouign Amann
A recent addition to the San Francisco foods list because it is technically French, but this city is known for making some of the best French pastries outside France. The Kouign Amann is an example of fine Viennoiserie made of multiple layers of butter- and sugar-covered pastry dough baked up into a delicate celebration of caramelization and custard. If you want to try one of these delicious pastries then head to B. Patisserie in San Francisco: 2821 California Street.
10. Garlic Fries
These special garlic fries at AT&T Park are doused with garlic from Gilroy ("the garlic capital of the world," located a few hours south of SF) and olive oil.
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Short And Sweet Fall Hikes Around San Francisco With A Spectacular End View.