With this simple itinerary, you can roam San Francisco and hit three great restaurants in three unique neighborhoods to try three different types of food in just one day.
Dim sum in Chinatown
Start off around ten in the morning - sleep in, there's a long day ahead of you. It's also a perfect time for dim sum in Chinatown. Eating dim sum at the traditional brunch hour will get this exotic food tour off on the right foot.
A Cantonese meal of small plates of steamed buns or dumplings, dim sum is served all day in most Chinatown restaurants. Why settle for a cold bowl of corn flakes when you can have shrimp dumplings or pork buns hot out of the oven? Although there are several excellent dim sum locales, Great Eastern Restaurant is always reliable.
Chinatown — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Antipasto in North Beach
Unlike the earth's actual geography, China and Italy are neighbors in downtown San Francisco. A quick walk west from Great Eastern restaurant down Jackson Street to Columbus Avenue will bring you to North Beach, San Francisco's Italian neighborhood.
If your belly is still stuffed with dim sum, then walk up and down historic Columbus Avenue with its boisterous sidewalk cafés. You'll get a firsthand view of all the yummy possibilities for a late lunch. If you're still not hungry, then thumb through some books at iconic City Lights Bookstore.
Once your stomach starts to grumble, grab a slice at Golden Boy Pizza or a sandwich at Petite Deli.
North Beach — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy
Cena in "The Mission"
The best - at least the hippest - is saved for last. The Mission District of San Francisco, known by locals as "The Mission," is absolutely abuzz with the latest and greatest foodie trends in San Francisco. To get there from North Beach, you can catch a MUNI line (such as the #49) or walk straight down Columbus Avenue to New Montgomery BART station, which will take you right to The Mission.
Even if you spent extra time shopping for trinkets in Chinatown or enjoying a cannoli in North Beach and don't reach the Mission until late, don't worry. Night is when everything begins in The Mission.
You can go traditional with your final meal of the day and enjoy the perfect burrito at La Taqueria, a spot that never disappoints. Or you can explore the boundless options on Valencia Street, including trendy Range, always at the forefront of California cuisine.
Wherever you end up for dinner, be ready to dance the night away in The Mission, a neighborhood that's always on the verge of a good time. After a full day of eating, you need the exercise. And you slept in this morning, remember?
The Mission — Photo courtesy of Tom Molanphy