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On a drizzly day in San Francisco, chicken noodle soup sounds perfect. Order the pho ga, a bright broth of chicken filled with rice noodles and shredded chicken then garnished with spring onion, onion, and cilantro. A squeeze of lemon really perks up the flavor. There's beef noodle soup and roast chicken also on the menu. It's a small and intimate shop, perfect for lunch. They aren't open past 7pm and they're closed on Sundays. There's Vietnamese coffee and they serve Blue Bottle. The tables could be less sticky, but the service and food are worth repeat visits.
Now my favorite burger, 'everything here is organic' says the cashier. Salt-and-peppered beef patties grilled in view, toasted sesame buns, and the organic chocolate shake served in an actual glass is a hit! You can even order beer on tap.
Just arrived in town a couple hours early for a client meeting. After driving through Third Street, a series of antique shops and closed restaurants, I've stumbled upon a perfect spot on Fourth Street, playing lilting singer-songwriter music, serving straightforward coffee and teas, a few pastries baked on site, and a short-and-sweet lunch menu with wood-fired pizzas. Patio out front offers outside seating on warmer days. Inside, locals post up and there's a roaster recessed behind sacks of coffee beans. Named after Hitchcock's thriller, this cafe is located a few blocks away from Mission San Juan Bautista, where Jimmy Stewart skidded upon terra cotta roof tiles in a dizzying sweat. This is a little gem in a small town.
Locally sourced ingredients and organic whenever possible probably justifies the premium prices, but it still won't break the bank compared to neighboring restaurants. The space is lively and the service is good. The tacos satisfy, but I really love the jicama salad with avocados and pomelo – which isn't badly priced at $7. There's inside and outside seating, making for a great affordable spot to dine by the bay.
A burger from In-N-Out speaks a thousand words. From the grilled crispy interior of the bun to the ever-present cheese with every bite, fast food and budget dining at its best.
A must experience if you're a tourist and an excellent spot to start the weekend for everyone. Lots of local organic farms represented and local food producers. This is definitely one way to seduce friends to move to San Francisco.
The best way up and down Coit Tower is walking. One way to scale up is by walking east up Lombard Street and through Pioneer Park on the way up and around to Coit Tower. Great views of the Bay Bridge, Treasure Island and the east bay.