Toast, at its best, is basically the equivalent of San Francisco’s bagel. It’s filling, flavorful, and just the kind of carb bomb you need to get your day going. Our favorite stars Josey Baker’s marvelous, tangy-sour country bread lavishly spread with freshly made almond butter, modernist squiggles of local honey, and a sprinkling of flaky salt crystals. Less than $5 for a filling breakfast of bready perfection? Yes, please.
However you pronounce it, the lamb gyro from The Whole Beast is a far cry from the mystery-meat tube of Greek-style wraps past. Melt-in-your-mouth, slow-cooked lamb-neck meat is wrapped in a warm, pliant pita, doused in harissa and yogurt, and brightened with fresh cucumbers for crunch. This is a sandwich that will make a big mess, and one that you will feel great about.
San Francisco’s rich with tacos, but truth be told, it's a burrito town through and through. The forearm-sized monsters at Taqueria Cancún on Mission Street, are filled with al pastor, which maintains the perfect balance of bright sweetness and tangy heat. Go for the super, which is generously loaded with both pork and avocado. This could, in theory, be two meals...but no judgment if it only lasts for one.
It's hard to come within a few blocks of a Rosamunde without making a stop at this veritable sausage institution. All of its meats are tops (as is its Tuesday-only Haight Street cheeseburger), but we love the sweet-and-savory duck sausage, studded with figs and laced with brandy — it’s taken to a new level when topped with grilled onions, sweet peppers, and a healthy dose of mustard.
In addition to being one of the finest cafés in North Beach, Mario’s makes focaccia sandwiches that are the hearty, melty stuff dreams are made of. The olive-oil-rich green onion focaccia, baked fresh at Liguria’s just across Washington Square Park, is a fine vehicle for any filling, but we’re partial to tender-crisp breaded eggplant, which is generously layered with melted mozzarella cheese and fresh, bright tomato sauce.
The brightly hued “Mexicatessen” can be counted on for luscious, slow-cooked fillings (particularly those carnitas) and, most importantly, freshly made, pliant, and hearty corn tortillas. Be sure to get a still-warm bag to go for at-home taco purposes.
Sandwich Place in San Francisco, CA, United States
What’s better than a grilled-cheese sandwich? A grilled-cheese sandwich slathered with bacon butter, loaded with guacamole and sharp cheddar cheese, and pressed until it's melty and crisp (yet manages to avoid being greasy!). Pair it with a craft beer, and consider yourself in paradise.
There are breakfast sandwiches that are hastily assembled and simply meant to give you energy for the day ahead. Then there are breakfast sandwiches that take on a bigger, almost divine purpose — they don’t just start your day, they make it. The humongous, biscuit-topped versions from Devil’s Teeth do this admirably. null
With a name like that, you’d better bet this is greatness in burger form. 4505 delivers with its rich, grass-fed-beef patty topped with Gruyère cheese and served on a buttery, crisp sesame- and scallion-topped bun. It manages to perfectly walk the fine line between top-quality ingredients and down-home, diner-esque comfort-food flavor (don’t even get us started on the secret sauce). And you can even add bacon or avocado and still come in under the $10 mark.
Ice Cream Shop in San Francisco, CA, United States
In a town of long lines, Bi-Rite’s may very well be the most dependable — come rain or come shine, we will wind around the block for the pleasure of a scoop or three. Get your money’s worth with one of its killer sundaes — our top pick is the Afternoon Snack, featuring roasted banana ice cream, caramel sauce, and the absolutely perfect house-made graham crackers. Don’t forget to take full advantage of their free-sample policy, too