Of all the restaurants in San Francisco, one might be surprised to learn that Market and Rye is the one run by a former contestant on Bravo's award-winning show, "Top-Chef." Utterly unpretentious, the space is economical and bright, creating a simple atmosphere that matches its menu.Market and Rye — Photo courtesy of sfeater.com
The genius of head chef Ryan Scott lies in that straightforward simplicity of the dishes. He's not trying to recreate the soup, sandwich or salad; he's just getting it right by using local ingredients with precision and care. If there's anything out of the ordinary here, though, it's their signature salted rye, which should not be missed.
And the simple joy of the restaurant also matches the unassuming neighborhood that surrounds it: West Portal. If you're tired of the crowds and hills of Chinatown and North Beach, West Portal is a flat stretch of coffee shops, bookstores and bars where local congregate to relax. And, once you feel rejuvenated, the MUNI heading to all parts San Francisco is right down the street. West Portal — Photo courtesy of sfhotbuy
If you need a break from hectic San Francisco, slow down with a stop at Market and Rye, where quality is simple but delicious.