One of the requirements I often hear when talking with home buyers is that they want to be in walking distance or at least a short drive from restaurants. So I’ve put together a list of my top five neighborhoods that offer standout and diverse restaurant choices. Here you go (not listed in any particular order):
1. Hayes Valley. Home to high-profile restaurants such as Suppenkuche, Espetus, Jardiniere, Absinthe, Zuni, Paxti’s Pizza, and Bar Jules, Hayes Valley continues to supply locals with great food. There are also excellent cafes and wine bars like Cav Wine Bar, Samovar, La Boulange, and Momi Toby’s Revolution Café & Art Bar. And don’t forget about the variety of brunch/lunch spots, delis, and an endless variety of ethnic restaurants and food stands.
2. The Mission. There’s no disputing the Mission’s prominent standing in the San Francisco food world. The lineup is awesome, and includes Luna Park; Delfina; Walzwerk; Universal Café; Range; Luna Park; Maverick; Foreign Cinema; Beretta; Limon; Spork; Dosa; Slow Club; Bar Bambino; Flour & Water and Farina. Not impressed? Also consider the more casual eateries that include Little Star, Pauline’s Pizza, Pizzeria Delfina, Mission Beach Café, Boogaloos and Pi Bar. And if take-out is your thing, the tons of taquerias or standbys like Old Jerusalem and Good Frikkin’ Chicken will keep you going.
3. South of Market. The blocks are longer and restaurants more spread out. But there’s a heavy concentration of excellent restaurants in SoMa. The Yerba Buena/downtown portion of SoMa is host to Salt House, Coco500, Anchor and Hope, Zare at Flytrap, Maya, and of course, the Fifth Floor and Ame. But there’s also Fresh Basil for Thai, as well as Una Pizza Napoletana and Zero Zero for pizza.
4. Dogpatch. I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that Dogpatch has the best neighborhood-level restaurants around. This area has really developed over the past decade, and restaurants and cafes are proliferating by the month. Some of the best: Piccino, Serpentine, and Piccolo. There’s also Yield Wine Bar, Kitchenette, Just For You Café, Oralia’s, and who could overlook The Ramp?
5. NoPa. Its restaurants don’t have the cache of some of the other neighborhoods listed, but NoPa’s lineup counts NOPA, Little Star Pizza, Bar Crudo and Papalote Mexican Grill among its top places. And cafes like Bistro Central Parc, Candybar, and Herbivore round out the offerings.