Insider’s Guide to San Francisco

Explore the ins and outs of the City by the Bay.

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    Your Mission Bar Crawl

    Mosto and Tacolicious
    Side-by-side taco joint and Tequila bar under the same ownership attracts progressive eaters and scenesters. 

    The Abbot’s Cellar
    Craft beers wash down savories like gnocchi and calamari. 

    Elixir Saloon
    There’s supposedly been a bar at this old location since the 1800s. Now, it’s Elixir, one of the best cocktail joints in town.  

    Mission Bowling Club
    The tattoo-and-Panama hat crowd comes to bowl and enjoy a fried-chicken sandwich and gin fizz. 

    HiLo BBQ 
    One of the newest stops in town, serving up ‘cue all day long, along with cheap beer. 

    Mission Street Oyster Bar
    A new, bare-bones joint heavily accented toward seafood. Throwback bar stools evoke the 1950s. 

    The Armory Club
    This bordello-meets-tech geek bar offers small-batch spirits and a decent wine list to a party crowd.

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    Noodle Town

    M.Y. China
    Cooks pull noodles while the crowd watches at celebrity chef Martin Yan’s upscale new resto at mid-Market’s Westfield Center.

    Betelnut
    After some tinkering, this classic contemporary restaurant is back. Check out the egg noodles with five-spice wild boar.

    Hakkasan 
    The specialty is Hakka-style noodles, paired with sake, beer, cocktails or wine.

    Nombe 
    Newish Mission Street resto may have the best ramen in town.

    Soup Junkie
    Offers great Vietnamese pho, and the crab-and-tomato noodle soup has ‘em lining up at this FiDi [Financial District] lunch stop.

    Lers Ros
    Pricey, but the noodle soups, especially the Kuay Jub, are crazy good, and the Pad Thai may be even better.

    Waraku 
    Wheat-based tonkotsu noodles define the style at this Japantown restaurant. Locals love the no-waiting service.

    Mandalay
    Arguably the top Burmese place in town, with a spicy, savory ong no kaw soi soup.

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    San Francisco's Urban Wineries

    Bluxome Street Winery 
    Taste Russian River Pinot Noir and Chardonnay by the glass, flight and bottle, with edibles, including The Meet Market farmers’ market on monthly Saturdays.

    Tank 18
    A 6,000-square-foot winery and tasting room with regular food trucks, it also hosts Sustainable Bottling nights for rinses and refills of wine. 

    Treasure Island Wines
    A collective winery with breathtaking views of San Francisco; the popular Cork-n-Pork tasting takes place in May. 

    A.P. Vin
    Gorgeous small-lot Pinot Noirs are made in this working winery, open to thirsty travelers by appointment. 

    The Winery SF
    A gigantic space that brings California wine to an airplane hangar on Treasure Island. 

Published on November 24, 2015
Topics: California Travel Guide, Food and Wine Destinations

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