Finding the "perfect" meal in San Francisco can feel like Mission Impossible. Who knew so many food options could be squashed into forty-nine square miles? If you're tired of climbing the hills of North Beach or pressing through the crowds of Chinatown, head to the unofficial "Foodie Central" of San Francisco: the Mission District.
Although it's renowned for its Latino dishes, a new wave of foodie fanatics have opened up the most popular restaurants the city has to offer. In fact, the neighborhood has become so popular for new restaurants that the city council recently considered changing zoning laws to allow restaurants to open on the second floor of buildings.
The best buzz for food is definitely in the Mission, with classics like La Tacqueria still going strong, as well as overlooked gems like Yamo finally getting their just desserts (so to speak.)
Before dining, your appetizer should be walking up and down the hippest runway of the Mission, Valencia Street, where some of the most popular restaurants have opened. The Mission is mostly flat and gets more sun than any other neighborhood in San Francisco, so start your dinner search mid-afternoon, giving you plenty of time for Happy Hour sangria and soaking up the eclectic atmosphere of this vibrant community.