We love sampling the very best in San Francisco dining and food experiences. Living in such a diverse and unique culinary city makes it hard for anyone not to become a self-proclaimed “foodie.” Whether you’re new to the area, just visiting, or are a seasoned local, we are sharing with you our top picks for the best foodie experiences in our amazing and delicious city. From cheese making classes, to book stores to restaurants to food trucks, you won’t regret planning a visit to these establishments and sampling a little bit of everything they have to offer.
The Cheese School of San Francisco
With a philosophy of “eating is learning,” you can’t go wrong with a visit to this San Francisco institution. They offer cheese tastings, cheese movie nights, cooking with cheese demonstrations, Cheese Makes Me Happy Hour and such classes as Cheese and Wine Pairing 101, Basic Cheesemaking, A History of the World in 10 Cheese, and Honey and Cheese.
If you love baked goods (and lets face it, who doesn’t?) then a trip to Tartine is in order. Tartine is known for its gourmet pastries but also offers expertly made sandwiches and breads. They use only organic produce as much as possible as well as organic flour, sugar and local eggs. Try their amazing Croque Monsieur or the tantalizing sweetness of their Frangipane Tart.
“An adventurous, inventive, delicious, thoughtful contemporary American restaurant,” this really is a treat for your taste buds. Starting as a recipe for quail, State Bird Provisions has become a beloved experience for Bay Area foodies. With a frequently changing menu, you will never have the same experience twice. You can also check out The Progress located next door, which is an equally delicious restaurant owned and operated by the same people.
Connecting the past to the present, Omnivore Books on Food offers a large collection of new, antiquarian, and collectible books on food and drink, from recipes to agricultural guides. They also host events featuring chefs and authors, book signings, instructional seminars and more.
This environmentally friendly, beachy restaurant is a much needed escape from the stress of the day. The relaxing, mellow vibes make you feel at home and the food is imaginative and delicious. Choose from a selection of breakfast, lunch or dinner dishes like the Cornbread Benedict, Open Faced Bacon and Egg Sandwich and the Sweet Potato and Brassicas. They also offer brunch, dessert and daily pastries.
Who doesn’t love hand crafted ice cream and baked goods? Bi-Rite Creamery offers the very best dessert and sweet treat selection and use only organic milk and cream. They also incorporate locally sourced ingredients and personally make the extra goodies that go into their ice cream flavors, such as brownies, peanut brittle, and snickerdoodles. Seasonal flavors like Balsamic Strawberry, Peppermint Stick and Maple Walnut are big crowd pleasers. It’s no wonder that Bi-Rite Creamery is a beloved establishment for locals and tourists alike.
The Ferry Building Marketplace
Located along the historic Embarcadero, everyone gathers here for the very best in artisan food. Local farmers, artisan producers, and independently owned and operated food businesses offer their delicious eats to the hundreds of patrons that frequent the Ferry Building every day. You can sample the tastes of such great establishments as ACME Bread Company, Farm Fresh to You, McEvoy Ranch Olive Oil and Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, to name a few.
Showcasing a menu influenced by regional traditions throughout Italy with Northern Californian inspirations, this is a one-of-a-kind foodie experience that does not disappoint. In addition to the great food with emphasis on pasta, Flour + Water also hosts unique events and has their very own cookbook for purchase.
As the largest network of gourmet mobile food markets anywhere, this truly is a foodie’s dream. At Off the Grid gatherings you can sample tasty creations from food trucks like Bacon Bacon, Cheese Therapy, Crepe ‘Em Coming, Izzy’s Cheesesteakes, and Roli Roti. You can also enjoy beer and wine from Bubble Bar, specialty drinks from Picnic Bar, as well as desserts from Cutesy Cupcakes, Harvey’s Gourmet Donut Company and much more.
A delicious and rustic gathering place, Rich Table is a restaurant that offers the very best in state-of-the- art food creations. They have a vast dinner menu with Dried Porcini Doughnuts and Grilled Ribeye with Green Bean Chimichurri and Charred Eggplant. The extensive wine list covers tastes from all over the world and their dessert and cheese selection is a serious tasty treat.