If chicken on a stick is your primary love language, order a Torima bento box from Hina Yakitori. At $25, it’s more affordable than their $110 omakase-style yakitori menu, and also filled with five of their delicious skewers (tsukune, momo, teba, negima, and mini tomato).
Routier is a casual French restaurant in Pacific Heights co-owned by b. Patisserie’s Belinda Leong. Their $39 prix fixe dinner, the Formule Routier, comes with an appetizer, main, and dessert. Other things that make Routier special are the a la carte options, like a game-changing chicken liver mousse with a chunky sweet red currant compote, and one of the most tender beef cheeks we've had.
The Morris is on a quiet corner pretty far off the main Valencia drag, and it’s much more low-key than the Mission’s trendier options. Some of our favorite dishes here are the shrimp toast, charred broccoli and squid, and incredible whole smoked duck. Be sure to save some room for dessert because their churro-like doughnuts are supremely good.
Ju-Ni is one of our favorite omakase spots in town and it's perfect for special occasions. You can get their omakase box for takeout right now, but if you (or your wallet) are not feeling particularly fancy, opt for their beautifully crafted chirashi bowls.
The Shota may be closed for dine in, but you can still enjoy their high quality fish and sushi craftsmanship through their spinoff YUBU by The Shota. The focus here is beautifully crafted Donburi bowls and Inara sushi that taste just as good as they look. Get all of it to take home, plus a selection of beer, sake, and wine by placing an order online.
Besharam is one of our favorite spots in Dogpatch. The menu is large, but it’s organized well so you never feel lost. They do the familiar dishes, like chicken makhani, really well, but it's their blue cheese naan, chantrelle mushroom kulchas, and street corn that really stand out. Partly because those flavors are unexpected, but mostly because they are truly outstanding.
Prubechu in the Mission makes fantastic Guamanian food. Their garlic and soy-braised short ribs are sweet, sour, sticky, and reason enough alone to check this place out. But you also don’t want to miss their other fantastic dishes, like the shrimp pancakes with corn and ginger.
There aren’t many restaurants in San Francisco where we can close our eyes, pick from the menu, and end up with something great every time. Farmhouse Kitchen is one of those places. If there’s a spicier papaya salad in this city, we haven’t found it, and the hat yai fried chicken with yellow curry and panang neua short rib that falls off the bone are our go-tos for any special occasion.
Lucinda’s is a small deli with excellent sandwiches that are perfect for a quick lunch, or for having at a picnic at nearby Alamo Square Park. Each sandwich is made with a soft, yet crispy roll, and packed with tons of fillings. They have a Baja turkey with avocado, a soppressata with artichoke cream cheese, a classic BLTA and tuna melt, and more. They’re all delicious and well-made.
There’s nothing overtly celebratory about getting takeout from Beit Rima, the food is just really, really good. We love all of their dips from the buttery fava bean ful to the sweet muhammara, and their puffy hand-kneaded bread is so amazing that the FDA should classify it as a stress reliever. Their portions are also large enough to split with your roommates or eat all by yourself while you sit through a Reese Witherspoon movie marathon. Call them directly to place your order.
The crispy edges and spongy inside of the Detroit-style pizzas from Square Pie Guys are a better contrast than Borg and McEnroe. The pizzas from this place look small, but are hearty enough to feed a few people - or maybe just you, who has nothing better to do than slowly graze the night away. They’re doing takeout and delivery, so go to their website to order.
This Nepali restaurant in SoMa makes some of our favorite momos in the city. We love everything about them - from the well-spiced turkey, lamb, or veggie fillings to the delicate flour wrappers to the tasty roasted tomato and cilantro sauce that comes on the side. Get the combo meal if you want to enjoy Bini’s other great dishes alongside your momos, like their sautéed cauliflower with peas, green onions, and spices.
This Salvadoran restaurant is offering pupusas and tamales for takeout and delivery through online orders. Check out their Instagram for more information.
Unsurprisingly, the menu at this new Burmese spot in the Tenderloin is pretty, well, herb-forward - their tea leaf salad and falafel are made with hemp. They are open every day but Sunday for takeout and delivery.
We at the Infatuation SF love quesabirria. And the one we want all day, every day is at El Garage. They recently opened a new brick-and-mortar in Richmond, and are serving three quesabirria tacos for $12 or three birria tacos for $9. Since we also love spicy things, we always order it with a side of pickled habanero. To limit crowds, El Garage is asking everyone to pre-order online. You can do so starting on Wednesday for pick-up on Friday through Sunday.
World Famous Hot Boys should be synonymous with greatness - or, at the very least, their Nashville hot sandwiches should be. The former pop-up is now a brick-and-mortar spot in Uptown Oakland, and their perfect, crispy sandwich is what we order when we want to feel spice, heat, and joy. You can choose from various heat levels that range from no spice to training wheels to painfully spicy. There’s even a Hot Hot sandwich that requires you to fill out a quick questionnaire when you order.
If you’re in search of a great fish taco (we always are), get to La Grana Fish now. They’re light and crispy, and feature a red onion slaw and a mild chipotle aioli. But if fish tacos aren’t your scene, they also have vampiro tacos, tostadas, and a fantastic quesabirria, which you can get filled with nearly any type of meat.
This casual counter-service Arab bakery and restaurant serves an incredible shakshuka (on Saturdays and Sundays only), pastries, and coffee. They also have excellent chicken wraps, oven-baked flatbreads, and hummus. Like Nyum Bai, Reem’s is right off the Fruitvale BART Station, so you have no excuse not to make it here.
All of the food at this Burmese spot near Dolores Park is fantastic, and we’re especially big fans of the tea salad, which has some serious after-burn, and the Yamo house noodles with pork and garlic. That alone is enough to split with two people for lunch, but because the most expensive thing here is just $6.50, you’ll want to order a lot more. They take orders over the phone, so you can plan ahead and carry out to eat in the sun.
You’ll want to order everything from this Richmond District spot as they serve some of the best dim sum in the city. Dragon Beaux’s extensive menu features everything from an impressive egg yolk lava bao to a jumbo scallop siu mai. And whenever we stop by (which is, basically, all the time), we always get the sea bass dumplings, and the “Five Guys” xiao long bao - they’re juicy, colorful, and taste as good as they look.