Coffee is a staple of most American’s days. Whether you take it black in the morning, or iced in the afternoon after work. Oakland has a unique take on the ancient drink that is aiming to help build a community and provide good jobs to Bay Area residents. Bay area native Keba Konte co-founded Guerilla Café in North Berkeley in 2005. He has a background as an artist and an activist. The focus was to source coffee from Blue Bottle and produce from local farms. Being a very compassionate man, he also wanted to make sure that he was providing good jobs for young and diverse employees.
Do you like food carts? Do you love food carts? Either way, you’re not going to want to miss one of the most famous Bay Area attractions, Off the Grid. Every Friday night, between 5:00pm and 10:00pm, dozens of the city’s best and most exciting food carts gather around the Fort Mason Center’s waterfront. This season, the lineup of carts is extraordinary in its breadth and depth, and the whole ensemble is topped with DJs and live bands playing from the beginning to the end of the night.
No matter which neighborhood you find yourself in on a Saturday in San Francisco – you are never far from an amazing brunch menu. But for those searching for a brunch location that’s a little less been-there-done-that, here are five brunch spots with something unique to offer – a regional specialization.
The Bay is no stranger to earning Michelin Stars for its industry-leading restaurants. Not surprisingly, this year featured a number of new winners worth checking out on your next visit. Here’s a recap of the latest inductees:
Internationally-renowned Brazilian steakhouse, Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dee shown), opened its second Northern California location on the corner of Third and Howard in the heart of San Francisco’s SOMA district this past December. Fogo de Chão is a leading Brazilian steakhouse, or churrascaria, which has specialized for more than 36 years in the centuries old Southern Brazilian cooking technique of churrasco – the art of roasting high quality meats over an open fire, and espeto corrido, or "continuous service", which allows guests to control the variety and pace of their dining experience. The company was founded in 1979 in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and expanded into the U.S. in 1997. There are now more than 40 locations throughout Brazil, the United States and Mexico.
Food and culture are big reasons to visit a new city, and San Francisco is no exception. In fact, the city has just been named the "best food city in the country" by Bon Appetit magazine. In addition to such accolades, San Francisco keeps visitors on their toes with a constantly shifting landscape of hot new restaurants. Whether you’re in the Bay area on a return visit or you’re brand new to it all, get a taste of the most current flavors in San Francisco with four of the newest venues to hit the culinary scene.
One of the best and most promising signs of the quality and authenticity of the food in an ethnic food restaurant is the number of diners of that particular ethnicity eating, smiling and reaching for another portion of something at the tables. If you’re looking for good Indian and vegetarian food in the Bay Area, a fine place to begin is Vik’s Chaat Corner at 2390 Fourth Street in Berkeley. In the Hindi language, the word “chaat” loosely means “street food” and literally means “to lick.” This is a very auspicious combination of meanings to those who love comfort food, no matter the origin and Vik’s has been pleasing hungry people for over twenty years.
Off the Beaten Path San Francisco Restaurants that Will Satisfy Your Soul Without Assaulting Your Wallet
There is no doubt that San Francisco is home to some of the world’s best restaurants. From cutting-edge fusion cuisine to authentic ethnic fare to home style cookin’ and much more, you’ll find it here and at all price ranges. If you have connections (or reservations) and don’t mind missing a house payment, you can dine at the newest-latest and relish the fruits of a rising chef’s fertile imagination. Plenty of San Francisco restaurants are serving outstanding, imaginative fare, and they have the check averages to prove it. While these pricey joints certainly have their place and are important parts of the San Francisco restaurant scene, most folks simply want good food prepared with care. They also don’t want to have to make reservations weeks in advance or wait for two hours to get a table. For those hungry people, here is a far-from-complete list of San Francisco eateries that may not be trendy, but deserve your attention:
San Francisco and the Bay Area are home to some of the world’s best restaurants. Our reputation for superb food and exceptional wines draws millions of visitors to the region every year. If you have friends and family coming into town this summer and you are looking for cool things for them to see and do, we have a great idea! Rent one of our San Francisco limos for a day and treat your guests to an entertaining and utterly satisfying day of food, wine and an incredible experience at the Culinary Institute of America’s Greystone Campus. Nestled in the Napa Valley just a couple hours northeast of San Francisco, the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone is a Mecca for those who love to cook and those who love to eat.