Five Foods to Try in San Francisco in 2016
It’s quite possible that San Francisco is the only place in the world you could try these exact five foods all in the same month. Whether you’re a long time resident or a distant traveler, don’t miss your chance to try these amazingly unique foods before they’re gone.
- Pickled French Fries at Al’s Place: If you like salt-and-vinegar chips, you’re about to fall head-over-heels for these bad boys. Chef and owner of AL’s Place, (Bon Appetite Magazine’s pick for the Best New Restaurant in America) Aaron London, has taken the country’s pickling craze to the next level. He marinates red-skinned potatoes in a house-made brine before-twice frying them.
- Trout Tostada at Cala: Cala opened in the Civic Center area this past September, and is already making a big splash in the Mexican food scene (no easy task in San Fran). With a menu that consists entirely of masterfully prepared and authentic Mexican Seafood dishes, it’s a must try for any Mexican food connoisseur, seafood lover, or big time foodie in general. The success of Cala isn’t entirely unexpected, considering the reputation head chef Gabriela Camera built in Mexico City at MeroToro and especially Contramar, which opened in 1998 and remains a must-visit for any chef of food lover traveling to that part of the world.
- Frozen Greek Yogurt with Baklava Crumbles and Syrup at Souvla: An instant hit among locals, industry insiders and tourists alike, the fine-casual Greek sandwich shop and wine bar Souvla is located in the heart of San Francisco’s Hayes Valley. Known for their hip, energetic ambiance, friendly, engaging service and unique, healthful Hellenic offerings, you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. Just make sure you top it off with their frozen Greek yogurt topped with baklava crumbles and syrup – to die for.
- Traditional Egg Hopper at 1601 Bar & Kitchen: Even in their home country of Sri Lanka, you’ll be hard pressed to find an authentic hopper – but San Franciscans are lucky enough to be some of the only urbanites in the country with this delicacy in their own backyard. Hoppers in their simplest form are bowl-shaped pancakes made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. Cooked in small round pans, they tend to come out crispy round the edges, thicker at the bottom. They are traditionally served with a cooked egg right in the center – exactly like what you’ll find at 1601 Bar & Kitchen, the SoMa district’s very own contemporary Sri Lankan eatery.
- Baked Pork Buns at Hong Kong Lounge 2: Finding excellent Chinese food in San Francisco can be a challenge considering it’s home to one of the largest and oldest Chinatowns in the United States. But Critics and locals seem to agree on the consistently impeccable dishes that come out of Hong Kong Lounge 2’s kitchen in Laurel Heights. This low-key place serves classic dim sum & traditional Chinese small plates, entrees & noodle dishes. We’re especially fond of the baked pork buns, filled with – you guessed it – mouthwatering Cantonese-style bbq pork.
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