Somebody Help This Poor Girl: San Francisco

I’m heading to San Francisco for a few days next week and was wondering if you or any fellow Dishers have any advice for good eating. I’ll be alone (albeit one or two nights), so I’d prefer places where I won’t stick out like a sore thumb by eating by myself. I’m staying near Union Square, but have no problem hopping on BART or Muni to get to somewhere good.

Girlfriend, read this. Eat the pork chop in the picture at NOPA where you can eat at the bar and blend in. Listen to your SideDish friends. They are smart. Very smart. Report back.


  • Absolutely positively go to A16 ( – you can sit at the “chef’s counter” as a single and watch them work the wood ovens for pizzas and appetizers. I was in town on business by myself and that’s whay I did. It is a great restaurant and Shelley Lindgren (owner/sommelier) is awesome. Seriously the best Neapolitan pizza I’ve had in the US. Nate Appleman (chef) knows what to do with a pig too!

  • Phil

    I ate that pork chop at NOPA back in October. Outstanding!!

  • DesignBoy

    For a high powered, high priced meal, Michael Mina is pretty fantastic. But, on our last trip, we had a great time at Foreign Cinema in the Mission. The food is great and they project old movies on the walls of the courtyard (which is where you want to dine).

  • mrs hall

    The Fifth Floor restaurant at the Palomar Hotel has great French food and a great wine list. I also like Annabelle’s, just down the street from the Palomar.

  • TM

    Greens Restaurant at Fort Mason for a tasty vegetarian food and a beautiful view.

  • Matt

    Zuni Cafe a SF classic for nearly 30 years. Casual, great food, local scene.

  • bmk

    I would go to China Town and have real authentic Chinese food. Unfortunately, I can’t remember the name of the place we ate, but nothing has ever topped it. For dessert try Citizen Cake. Also, there are several wonderful casual Italian restaurants in the North Beach area. You really can’t go wrong with food in San Francisco. Cioppino or Clam Chowder while people watching at the wharf is also fun. There are so many options. Such a great city.

  • Jennifer Chininis

    Town Hall for sure:

  • tom

    Cross the golden gate bridge to larkspur and eat at the Lark Creek Inn………….

  • DGirl

    Boulevard on Old Mission Street. Dungeness Crab Salad. Great bar for singles dining. Did I mention the Dungeness Crab Salad? CRAZY good.

  • AC

    Weird Fish on Mission. Funky good

  • erika

    Thge BEST meal we had was Bistro Aix in the marina. Chef owned, local farm fresh ingredients. Great little neighborhood spot with mostly locals. Ask to sit in the garden

  • SPQR in Pacific Heights. Tiny, tiny place and seats are so close together people will think you’re sitting with someone.

    Outstanding Italian food.

  • yikesdallas

    For something casual, Taylor’s Automatic can’t be beat. And I can’t go to San Francisco without my daily treat of Trish’s Mini Donuts.

  • I thought Taylor’s Automatic was in St. Helena, do they have one in SF too? Yum.

  • KRM

    It’s not 5 star, but it’s a casual classic. Especially if you like garlic. Stinkin’ Rose in North Beach. It’s one of those must visit once in your life places.

  • Christopher

    I know a lot of people crush on Pizzeria Delfina in Pacific Heights. Maybe some dim sum at Yank Sing or Ton Kiang?

  • phishstyx

    Skip the food and go to Shanghai Kelley’s get loaded and score a bag