Food & Drink

The definitive guide to Dolores Park

Published On 05/16/2014 Published On 05/16/2014
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1. Cerveceria de Mateveza 3801 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Cerveceria de MateVeza offers a rotating selection of guest beers on tap, plus nearly 100 more of the bottled variety. And should you feel the need for some comida con su cerveza, they also serve a number of delicious empanadas.

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2. Dolores Park Cafe 501 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Across the street from Dolores, this place has smoothies, Sightglass coffee, good sandwiches, and a bathroom you can use if you buy something.

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3. Bi-Rite Market Divisadero 3639 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Tired of standing in line for face-meltingly good ice cream in the Mission? Cool, because now you can also do it in Western Addition (!!) at Bi-Rite Market Divisadero, the second, lightly larger location of the esteemed Mission-born creamery + market + sandwich shop + butchershop.

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4. Namu Gaji 499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

This New Korean American restaurant is a family affair, owned by three brothers who utilize ingredients harvested from their own farm. Korean-inflected spins on favorites, like a pickled daikon-topped double cheeseburger and Korean tacos (nori replaces a tortilla shell, and is filled with marinated and grilled bulgogi beef, kimchi salsa, and spicy aïoli, are well-worth your time during the week, but the real star is the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) brunch dish.

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5. Pizzeria Delfina 3611 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

A classy Mission Italian joint that specializes in dishing out a good slice, from their "Cherry Pie" with marinated cherry tomatoes, basil, and ricotta salata to their Clam Pie with cherrystones, tomato, oregano, pecorino, and hot peppers.

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6. Bi-Rite Creamery 3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

It's universally acknowledged among San Franciscans that Bi-Rite's ice cream is worth waiting for, which is why there is almost always -- at least on sunny weekend afternoons and summer evenings -- a line out the door. Owned and operated by two Bay Area natives, this popular Mission haunt makes small-batch ice cream in true artisanal flavors like honey lavender, orange cardamom, and the house specialty: salted caramel. The scoops are small, so your best bet is to order a double or a triple of whatever's on the seasonal menu.

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7. Tartine Bakery 600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Country Bread from this well-known bakery and cafe is the original Cronut-like craze. Each day, 240 loaves are made, and within an hour, they are GONE. The bread pudding is also a mainstay at this justifiably-packed carbohydrate haven, and if you're planning on grabbing some sweets to-go, try the chocolate-rye tart with snowy meringue and a chocolately lattice.

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8. Delfina 3621 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Open since 1998, Delfina is credited for putting the Mission on the map as San Francisco's epicenter for innovative, critically-acclaimed dining. The Italian menu is wonderfully simple and undeniably satisfying. Case in point is the signature dish: spaghetti with plum tomatoes, garlic, extra-virgin olive oil, and pepperoncini. The unassuming small space is packed to the brim every night with neighborhood regulars and culinary-minded tourists.