Food & Drink

You can bring food into AT&T Park. Here's the best stuff within three blocks.

Published On 04/07/2014 Published On 04/07/2014
Joe Starkey
25 Lusk
Joe Starkey
Iron Cactus
Joe Starkey
21st Ammendment
Grant Marek
Public House
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Victory Hall and Parlor
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1. Little Skillet 360 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Little Skillet fully operates out of 330 Ritch's kitchen, and is run by the same dudes that opened Farmer Brown. It's a minuscule, alley-bound to-go window that sells crazy-good soul food (including some of SF proper's best chicken & waffles), as well as great brew.

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2. Victory Hall & Parlor 330 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This American, comfort food-lauded joint is doling out delicious trays of things like chicken 'n waffles, chilli cheese fries, and the like.

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3. Darwin Cafe 212 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107

This pint-sized SoMa hideaway doubles as one of San Francisco's best places to camp out with a laptop if you're lucky enough to score some real estate, and also as one of the best damn sandwich shops you'll find anywhere. Get the legendary roast beef, sliced impossibly thin and layered between buttery slices of bread with whatever the fresh veggie du jour may be, and you won't be disappointed.

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4. Marlowe 330 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Named after the owners family butcher shop in Boston, it is no surprise that Marlowe, founded in San Francisco's swanky SoMA neighborhood, slings some of the Bay Area's best burgers. Not to be boxed in, this American-French bistro offers a diverse menu, which includes its signature Northern California oysters the perfect drink complement from its lengthy wine list.

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5. Twenty Five Lusk 25 Lusk St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Housed in a brick and timber SoMa warehouse erected in 1917, Twenty Five Lusk, few San Francisco bars deliver this combination of staggering size and striking beauty, . with 20ft-high ceilings, ample plush leather seating, and, the piece de resistance: stainless steel hanging fireplaces. But avert your eyes from the ambiance for a second, because you'll have to choose from a selection of 250-plus wines and elevated fare like fried burrata or braised rabbit and chevre ravioli.

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6. Umami Burger 242 King St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Named and acclaimed for the elusive ‘fifth taste,’ national chain Umami Burger aims to awaken your burger senses with its specially-coated patties and thoroughly perfected side pairings. Each bun is branded with a "U" and sandwiches carefully considered ingredients, like the restaurant’s signature burger topped with Parmesan frico, shiitake mushroom, roasted tomato, caramelized onions, and Umami ketchup.

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7. 21st Amendment 563 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Chances are that you can buy cans of 21st Amendment’s beer at your corner store, but let’s be real: beer fresh from the tap will always taste better. So head to the restaurant, where you can get growlers to take home with you, and drink while wearing naught but your underwear. 21st You can buy a 2L growler for $12 and a 32oz “growlette” for $6, or you can bring your own for them to fill. Prices vary depending on the beer, but it’s usually around $18-$24 for the 2L and $10 for the 32oz. (And yes, you can also get your growler filled at their San Leandro Brewery.)

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8. The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen 1 S Park Ave, San Francisco, CA 94107

From the seven-time winner of the Grilled Cheese Invitational and her biz-savvy BF, AGCK's a triumphant homage to the food-diction you never quite kicked. Set up in a SOMA space that rocks a big, heat-lamped patio and a nostalgic '50s aesthetic via milk bottle light fixtures and a multi-media mural comprised of old postcards and cuckoo clocks, providing the backdrop for the sandwich action for which you came. You can keep it basic or reach for next-level creations like Mushroom Gruyere (with roasted potato and melted leeks) or the Mac n Cheese... which you can probably figure out.

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9. Public House & Mijita 24 Willie Mays Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94105

Located at AT&T Park, home of the two-World-Series-titles-in-three-years Giants, Public House is an awesome spot that has a secret entrace to the stadium and allows you to take beers to go for the game, because no one wants to pay $8 for watery hop, Miller Lite.

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10. Primo Patio Cafe 214 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

PPC slings Caribbean eats (with influences from Cuba and Mexico) highlighting fresh spices at affordable prices. Their signature dish is their jerk chicken, and you'd pretty much be a jerk not to try it.

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11. Ironside 680 Second Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

The folks at District responded to their patrons' constant gripes about SOMA lacking a "casual community eatery" by opening Ironside, an airy, 49-seat all-day eclectic Cali grubbery that sits street-level within Chronicle Books.

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12. The Iron Cactus 683 4th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Taqueria classics, such as burritos, platters, and south of the border-style salads, are provided at this warm, rustic restaurant in SoMa. And with the promise of providing unfussy, inexpensive menu items expertly crafted with seasonal ingredients and naturally raised, hormone-free proteins, The Iron Cactus succeeds as a little Mexican oasis in SoMa.

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13. TRES 130 Townsend St, San Francisco, CA 94107

With 10 different types of margaritas and many more mezcal cocktails and flights available, it’s safe to say that TRES has its tequila game on lock. And what better way to compliment a pitcher of margs amongst friends than a big plate of tacos, steak, or ceviche? Adjacent to AT&T Park, TRES is best known for its plentiful beverages, flavorful eats, and top-notch queso fundido, which comes packed with chorizo, corn, and chilies.

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14. Brickhouse Cafe 426 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107

Located in SoMa, this industrial-chic eatery is known for its sustainable, vegan and omnivore-friendly plates and seasonal menu rotation. Highlights include the kale and pear salad, smoked salmon Benedict, and crab cake melt. Equally important to Brickhouse's food is its drink, which includes a number of locally-brewed beers and signature cocktails. The lofty ceilings, natural light, greenery at this cafe create a relaxing atmosphere suitable for any time of the day.

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15. Koh Samui & The Monkey 415 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94107

White linen tablecloths and Buddhist altars set the scene at this Thai restaurant in SoMa, which offers delicacies like mango catfish, grilled lamb, and pumpkin curry. Koh Samui also provides a full bar that delivers happy hour deals and specialty cocktails. We recommend the Monkey in Paris, made with Grey Goose vodka, St. Germain elderflower liqueur, and fresh lime and pineapple juice.