Eating as Religion: Dine at the Altar of Foodies in San Francisco

Tom Molanphy

By , Local Expert, San Francisco
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With a flood of tech funds still rolling in, many San Francisco restaurants are putting their money where the mouths of their patron's are. 

Anyone who has read the news about the Bay Area lately knows the biggest topic is the continued surge of tech money into the city's coffers. Although many locals are legitimately concerned about gentrification and the displacement of longtime Bay Area residents, astute and thoughtful business opportunists are taking advantage of this surge of funds.

Restaurants, for example, are doing everything they can to enhance what they are already offering. Whether they decide to expand their wine...  Read more »

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    • Cuisine: European, Italian
    • Average Main Course Price: $78
    • Neighborhood: Russian Hill

    Acquerello is pricey, but not a penny of your dollar will go to waste.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try Acquerello's cheese platter, one of the tastiest in the city."

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    Slanted Door

    Slanted Door won a slew of big-time dining awards this past year, making it more popular than ever.

    Local Expert Tip: "Leave time to explore the Ferry Building, the amazing location of this fine restaurant."

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    Saha is still one of the most talked about restaurants in San Francisco.

    Local Expert Tip: "Cutting edge California cuisine for the serious foodie."

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    Restaurant Gary Danko

    Gary Danko's consistency epitomizes the phrase, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

    Local Expert Tip: "The servers have some impressive knowledge on wine/food pairings."

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    La Folie

    • Cuisine: European, French
    • Average Main Course Price: $85
    • Neighborhood: Russian Hill

    In a city with several top-notch French restaurants, La Folie really stands out.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try the Liberty Farm Duck, just one example of the fine organic dining options."

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    Nopa is consistently listed on a broad array of "Best of Bay Area" restaurant lists.

    Local Expert Tip: "Fantastic location - smackdab in the middle of San Francisco."

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    Zuni Café

    Zuni Cafe is beloved by both locals and the well-informed tourist.

    Local Expert Tip: "Long-time favorite entrances stylish patrons with Mediterranean cuisine."

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    Delfina Restaurant is one of the most affordable of the high-end restaurants in the Bay Area.

    Local Expert Tip: "On a warm night, take advantage of Delfina's street-side tables for excellent people-watching opportunities."

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    Alembic Bar

    Alembic is the hottest late night spot in the Upper Haight neighborhood.

    Local Expert Tip: "Known for its whiskey but making a name for its food. If you're in the Haight, it's definitely worth a try."

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    Bar Tartine

    Bar Tartine has rode the foodie wave and only swelled in popularity.

    Local Expert Tip: "Not to be confused with the Tartine Bakery, which is another must-visit in San Francisco."



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