So many places to eat and so little time! That is the essential dilemma of any food-loving visitor to San Francisco. There are hundreds of unforgettable dining experiences waiting to be discovered here, so we couldn’t even begin to summarize them all. But here are a few places you might want to consider adding to your itinerary. Bon appétit! Hawker Fare Started in Oakland originally, Hawker Fare's second Bay Area location, on Valencia Street in San Francisco’s Mission District, debuted in early 2017 to rave reviews. Inspired by the night markets and outdoor dining of Thailand, the concept is evident in the picnic table seating and eclectic, colorful interior design, as well as the menu. You’ll find a mix of traditional items like larb, soups and curries as well as some adventurous specialty and grilled dishes complemented by a selection signature cocktails. China Live China Live, the city’s newest Chinese food emporium, has taken the city by storm. The all-in-one marketplace for dining, shopping and drinking provides an in-depth exploration of Chinese gastronomy, ingredients and culture that draws apt comparisons to Mario Batali’s Eataly in New York City. You’ll find two bars, two restaurants, a café and a marketplace as part of the massive Chinatown complex. Bring your appetite and plan to stay awhile. Atwater Tavern Located so close to AT&T Park that you can see the stadium from their patio, this recent addition to the Mission Bay area has grown a devoted group of fans for their daily happy hour, raw oyster selections and a thoughtful menu of refined comfort foods (fish and chips, crab cakes, fried chicken) and Mediterranean dishes (veggie risotto, paella and gnocchi). Even when it isn’t baseball season, the waterfront view from Atwater Tavern's expansive bayside windows is a draw. Original Joe’s The term “local institution” gets tossed around with restaurants that survive beyond a certain age, but with few places is it more fittingly used than Original Joe’s. Originally founded in the Tenderloin in 1937, the lunch counter was a mainstay until a fire necessitated relocating and expanding. These days, the North Beach location has a decidedly more refined approach, including red leather banquettes, tuxedoed waiters and a menu of Italian classics. If you want “old school” San Francisco, this should be on your list. Top Tastemakers Be sure to check out our interviews with three local women chefs. None other than Vogue magazine recently cited the “changing course” female chefs are creating in the community, mentioning specifically local pioneers Alice Waters at Chez Panisse and the late Judy Rodgers at Zuni Café. Declared one of the “best in the country," San Francisco’s Cala restaurant helmed by Gabriela Camara has made “caring for others” the foundation of her business. Find more ideas for where to eat during your visit.
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