1. Resolute678 Geary St, San Francisco
2. Tacorgasmico2337 Market St, San Francisco
3. Forgery1525 Mission St, San Francisco
4. Charin2124 Folsom St, San Francisco
5. The Chairman670 Larkin St, San Francisco
6. Equator Coffee and Tea on Market986 Market St, San Francisco
7. Super Duper Burgers98 Mission St, San Francisco
8. House Rules2227 Polk St, San Francisco
9. Slice House by Tony Gemignani680 2nd St, San Francisco
10. Belga2000 Union St, San Francisco
Resolute offers eight flights of wine, 25 bottles by the glass, and a whopping 120 hard-to-find bottles you can open there, take home, or buy by the case. Artisan beer and cheese and charcuterie plates are also on the menu.
This place offers Mexican dishes in a colorful, mural-covered taqueria. The house specialty, Cochinita Sope, is the winning move here: Slightly spicy citrus-marinated pork, slow roasted in banana leaves and topped with all the fixin’s in a handmade tortilla bed.
This 2,000sqft bar was once home to a printing press and a glass blowing studio, and though those things are both pretty cool, we’ve found that we have a lot more appreciation for the open space now that it’s home to a laid-back cocktail bar that serves quality cocktails without the mustache wax and pretense you’ll find at some other SF spots. There are over 300 spirits to choose from, but we always start with a "Forgery Original" before moving on to one of the classics with a twist. (The Fall Gimlets and Sour Cherry Negroni are also favorites.)
Charin offers a new experimental dinner series. A team of chefs does a once-a-month-ish dinner where most dishes look more like Monet paintings than food. Seating is limited with tables for two (and sometimes four). They do a 9 to 11-course menu delivered at the perfect pace with optional wine pairings.
The Zagat-rated food truck still roams the Bay, but now you can count on this sunny lunch spot for all your Bao cravings. The classic pork belly bun is the star here, but also try the Japanese curry beef, rice bowls, salads, and a to-die-for short rib bun.
Having made a name for itself with cyclists and surfers in Marin, Equator Coffee and Teas finally made its move into San Francisco , dropping a chic industrial spot into the Mid-Market food-and-drink wasteland. They've got BOOZY coffee drinks exclusive to this location like the dangerously delicious Coconut White Russian, a “Naughty Brew” Irish-style coffee, and a boozy milk tea. They also serve arepas and salads.
The Mission locale of this super-hot SF burger chain is just as good and just as juicy. Hang out with an original-style burger, fries, and delicious shake.
Equipped with a fireplace and plenty of TVs, this Polk Street bar combines the intimacy of a neighborhood bar with upscale food. Its hair-of-the-dog brunch offers all the booze-soaking classics like huevos rancheros and breakfast sandwiches from Hog & Rocks chef-owner Scott Youkilis, plus actual hair-of-the-dogginess in the form of a spicy Bloody Mary and Silver Fox Fizz. Sideway seats make it even more a fair-weather destination.
Tony Gemignani (gold medal winner of the Food Network's Pizza Champions Challenge!) brings Italian-style pizza to his 2nd Street pizzeria, featuring two roomy floors in which to experience his creations by the slice (as the name would suggest) or by the whole pie. The famed Cal Italia is an award-winning treat featuring sweet fig preserves, prosciutto, and a balsamic reduction.
The first thing you'll notice when you walk into this Belgian-inspired brasserie in Cow Hollow is the wall of refrigerated bottled beers, complete with a sliding ladder. Belga has both killer cocktails and an extensive Belgian beer menu (10 beers on tap, more than 50 in bottles), and a menu that's perfect for sharing (Belgian frites, oysters on the half shell, sausage plates). Oh, and it's got a really great brunch menu with waffles, beignets, and schnitzel with eggs.