Although it was the promise of gold that lured people to the San Francisco Bay Area, it was the beauty and natural abundance of nature that convinced people to stay. The nearby Central Valley was tilled and soon yielded one of the greatest crops of fruit and vegetables in the world.
The Pacific didn't need any tilling - it was brimming with fresh fish. Although the recent drought has put pressure on salmon and other fish, solid management has kept most of the wonderful seafood that California has to offer on the menu. Whether its crab, clams, oysters or fish, you really haven't tasted San Francisco until you've tasted the amazing variety of seafood this area has to offer.
Certain restaurants are known for their expertise at turning out signature dishes really well. They've pinned down the ingredients, mastered the process, and gained a strong following as a result.
San Francisco has had much success cultivating great restaurants and creating a substantial market for seafood. Locals can't get enough of the city's excellent food, and you'll often find them, along with eager tourists, at popular Tadich Grill or at Farallon, a major player in the field.
Make sure you see what all the fuss is about!