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10 San Francisco Restaurants to Visit Before You Die

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Which San Francisco restaurant is your diehard favorite?

Say you have one day left to live (or worse, you have to move back to Missouri). Which San Francisco restaurant would you visit on your way out?

I fished recommendations from multiple Reddit threads and Twitter arguments so you didn’t have to. Feelings about these eateries may shift faster than the sand on the Great Highway, but the hits are hard to contest. Presented in no particular order, they cover a fair amount of square mileage. Do you see your favorite San Francisco restaurant here? Should it be?

Pakwan
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani
Location(s): Ingleside (1031 Ocean Ave), Mission District (3180 16th Street), Tenderloin (501 O’Farrell).
Hours: 11am–11pm every day; 10:30am–10pm for Ocean Ave.

San Tung
Cuisine: Chinese (Northern style)
Location: Inner Sunset, 1031 Irving
Hours: 11am–3pm; 4:30–8:30pm, Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.

Señor Sisig
Cuisine: Filipino fusion, the best California burritos in the city.
Location(s): Mission District (990 Valencia), mobile food trucks. Find them today!
Hours: 11am–9pm every day

Brenda’s French Soul Food
Cuisine: New Orleans-style French delights
Location: Polk/Civic Center, 625 Polk St.
Hours: 8am–8pm, Wednesday through Monday. Closed Tuesdays.

Ryoko’s
Cuisine: Japanese, sushi
Location: Nob Hill, 619 Taylor
Hours: 6pm–11:30pm Monday through Saturday; 6pm–1o:30pm Sundays

Mandalay
Cuisine: Burmese
Location: Inner Richmond, 4348 California
Hours: 4pm–8:3opm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 11:30am–9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. 11:3oam–8pm Sundays.

Tommy’s Joynt, which is neither closed nor closing!
Cuisine: American
Location: Polk/Van Ness
Hours: 12pm–7pm Sunday through Wednesday, 12pm–midnight Thursday and Friday; 1pm–midnight on Saturdays.

Kaiju Eats
Cuisine: Japanese
Location: Laurel Heights, 3409 Geary Boulevard
Hours: 11am–2:30pm; 4:30pm–9:30pm Monday through Friday, and 12pm–3pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

Palermo Delicatessen (aka Molinari’s backdoor for locals).
Cuisine: Italian sandwiches
Location: North Beach, 658 Vallejo
Hours: 10am–5pm Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays.


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Jake Warren

Jake Warren

A Potawatomi nonfiction writer and Tenderloin resident possessing an Indigenous perspective on sexuality and a fascination with etymological nuance. Queer decolonial leftist, cannabis industry affiliate, seasoned raver, and unofficial earthquake authority.