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The 18 Best Bacon Dishes in San Francisco

Published On 04/08/2015 Published On 04/08/2015
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1. Rickybobby 400 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

You know it's a sweet place when it has two first names for its only name. And if you like cheap and hearty eats, soft lighting and crazy crap on the walls, you'll love Rickybobby.

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2. Bacon Bacon 205 Frederick St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Cole Valley)

You'll be able to smell the wafts of perfectly-cooked bacon at this Cole Valley hub from miles away. From flavored bacon sandwiches to cookies dipped in chocolate & coated in bacon bits, there's no way you can go wrong.

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3. Kitchen Story 3499 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

From the same crew behind Sweet Maple and Blackwood, Kitchen Story's a California cuisine-ery in the Mish-stro that looks just like every other "typical suburban family breakfast nook that unexplainably seats 50 people". Only we doubt they have items like Kitchen Story's "Millionaire's Way" with bacon, grilled organic asparagus and smoky maple syrup sauce.

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4. 4505 Burgers & BBQ 705 Divisadero, San Francisco, CA 94112

An offshoot of the original 4505 Meats, this burger and 'cue shack is one for the Divis books. This butcher-owned and operated spot takes meat and barbecue seriously, with loaded platters of pulled pork, smoked ribs, and hot sausage, and quarter-pound grass-fed burgers. No matter if your main is in the form of a sandwich or platter, don't overlook the fixin's -- the fried mac & cheese with a hot dog inside is an insanely delicious creation.

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5. Frances 3870 17th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Located on a quiet residential block in the Castro, Frances is a tiny Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by the superbly talented chef Melissa Perello. The seasonal, market-driven menu changes often but you can always expect an appearance from Perello's smoked bacon beignets, a house signature featuring delicately fried balls of dough studded with bacon and served with a creamy maple creme fraiche dipping sauce.

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6. Eats 50 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (Inner Richmond)

Breakfast and brunch are the big draw at this American eatery on Clement. Prepare your stomach with a Bloody Mary while you ponder options like ricotta pancakes, eggs Benedict, chicken & waffles, or the Waffle Bacon -- a bacon-filled Belgian covered with melted cheese and a fried egg.

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7. Cockscomb 564 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Top Chef Masters winner Chris Cosentino celebrates the many tastes of San Francisco with his lauded restaurant Cockscomb. Warm, welcoming, and a bit rustic, Cockscomb welcomes diners for lunch and dinner with “nose to tail” delicacies like beef heart tartare, braised lamb shoulder, and pork belly with fermented black bean aioli and fried clams. Classic cocktails like San Francisco’s own Pisco Punch round out the menu for a uniquely delicious night out.

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8. Dynamo Donut & Coffee 2760 24th Street (between York and Hampshire), San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Bacon. Donut. Day. Dynamo Donut & Coffee has made it real, and available every day. Handmade daily by owner Sara and her staff and using organic, locally sourced ingredients, their creative take on donuts make the word "glazed" suddenly sound mundane and unworthy.

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9. The Front Porch 65A 29th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

Southern food served with "Mission Hospitality" -- The Front Porch's cozy name is well earned with actual rocking chair-supported outdoor dining and classic dishes like shrimp + grits, fried chicken, and gumbo filled with chicken, sausage & okra.

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10. Chomp N' Swig 1541 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Tenderloin)

Chomp N' Swig is now making up for it, with weekday sandwich'd deliciousness at awesomely divey-dive Harry Harrington's in the TL. Wash your hot sanwich down with one of over 50 varieties of beer on tap. (Gulp.)

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11. Ike’s Place 3489 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

Ike's serves up a myriad of delicious sandwiches (with quirky names) and features vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options to satisfy all. Out of all the sandwich shops in San Francisco, this is the best place for vegetarians and vegans in the area.

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12. Starbelly 3583 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

The undisputed cocktail masters behind Beretta also coined Starbelly, a 100-seat California comfort foodery, and this time have chosen to complement the grub with a crazy grip of beer n' wine cocktails shored up with a brewlist that's off the charts.

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13. The Boardroom 1609 Powell St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

While much of North Beach has a steady flow of out-of-towners, The Boardroom is a somewhat hidden and less crowded sports bar that experiments with interesting bar food. In addition to the requisite burgers, the menu is loaded with the likes of tater tot poutine, BBQ pork sandwiches, and a variety of well-spiced wings. Stop by on Tuesday for trivia and $2 tacos, $2 Tecate and $5 shots of El Jimador Tequila.

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14. Hogwash 582 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102 (Union Square)

With over 30 beers on draft, this Union Square taproom is a beer drinker’s paradise. It’s the perfect marriage of craft brews and elevated bar snacks, the latter of which includes house-made sausage sandwiches, curry fries (with an almost obligatory fried duck egg add-on), and fried pickles. It's a counter-serve, so after you place your food order at the bar, snag a seat at one of the communal tables with a beer -- be it a local IPA or Belgian sour -- in hand.

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15. Marlowe 500 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

This French-American bistro in SOMA has all the things that make a neighborhood restaurant so recommendable: excellent brunch; a fine wine selection featuring French, Italian, and Californian wines; an outdoor patio; and last but definitely not least: one of the best burgers in the city. Served with fries, the $16 Marlowe Burger is stacked with caramelized onions, cheddar, bacon, and horseradish aioli. It's so darn good that it's also served at sister restaurants Park Tavern and The Cavalier.

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16. Mission Chinese Food 2234 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Though Danny Bowien's since expanded with two NYC locations, the original SF Mission Chinese, which he opened inside a rundown Chinese restaurant in 2000, started it all. The creative Mission eatery takes an interesting spin on classic Chinese dishes. You’ll find the usual suspects like Mongolian long beans, ma po tofu, and sesame chicken, but the real showstoppers are his fun spins on classics. Kung pao pastrami, thrice-cooked bacon and rice cakes, and kung pao burritos are far from forgettable.

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