It’s no secret that San Francisco is a food lovers paradise. If you find yourself on a long weekend trip here, then carve out time to try some of the best sweet and savory dishes this city has to offer.
If you are short on time, then make it worth your while with this list of the best things to eat in San Francisco.
Best Things to Eat in San Francisco
- Dutch Crunch Bread
- Clam Chowder Bread Bowl
- Sourdough Bread from Boudin Sourdough
- Seafood (Anywhere!)
- Dim Sum in Chinatown
- Desserts in Japan town
The city by the bay offers an eclectic mix of food and culture. There are so many different, quirky, and interesting places to explore in San Francisco. Although I have lived in California for practically my whole life, I’ve never had the chance to explore this city. Mainly because California is just massive in size. Can you believe that It’s a shorter trip to Las Vegas than it is to Northern California for those of is in San Diego? But long distance be damned, I decided that San Francisco was where I wanted to explore during my birthday week. Next thing I knew we were off to San Francisco for some food and adventure!
Our hotel for the weekend was located just a few minutes walk away from Japan town. The first order of business is to always eat! We ended up eating shabu-shabu and taking home some delicious deserts. Unfortunately, the shabu-shabu was mediocre. But the desserts definitely weren’t!
I was unfamiliar with Dutch crunch sandwiches before I came to San Francisco. It was recommended to me by my brother who had been to San Francisco multiple times. Dutch crunch bread is a combination of a crunchy crackling top exterior and a soft, lightly sweet, fluffy interior. It’s glorious. A lot of deli’s and sandwich shops in San Francisco will carry Dutch Crunch bread, so be on the lookout.
Boudin is a born and bred San Francisco establishment. There are a few locations throughout San Francisco. If you find yourself near one, pop in and grab some sourdough bread. Their sourdough bread has this great fluffy bounce to it with just the right amount of sour blended into it. If you’re not alone, then you can split enjoy both a loaf and a clam chowder bread bowl in one sitting!
Clam chowder is a must in San Francisco. It would be a disgrace to come here and not have a warm and filling bowl of clam chowder. If you just want to try out a small taste, there are a few vendors at Fisherman’s Wharf that sell small portions of clam chowder. You don’t even have to go inside and sit down if you don’t want to.
My breakfast of champions on one of my mornings in San Francisco consisted of a buttery, savory, sweet Monte Cristo. We also got our seafood fix in and had the Dungeness crab eggs benedict with fresh spinach. Are you hungry yet? Oh, wait I haven’t even mentioned the delicious homemade jam they have at Mama’s on Washington Square. I was told to get here early since the wait could be 1-2 hours. The universe must have known that it was my birthday weekend, because there were only a few people in line that day!
Chinatown in San Francisco is one of the biggest outside of the actual country of China. Walk into any restaurant, and if there are locals, there will be good food. Dim sum is probably one of my favorite things to eat, and it will not disappoint here.