Eat Like a Local in San Francisco

  • Rich Table: It’s only a little more than a year old, but this cozy Hayes Valley restaurant already feels like it’s been part of the city for years. I love the decadent pasta (the lasagnas especially), the porcini-powder-dusted doughnuts, and Sarah Rich’s wild fennel levain bread spread with butter. 

  • Bar Tartine: With its wood-paneled walls and rustic-chic food, this stylish restaurant feels a little like an Instagram filter—in a good way. No matter how out there a dish on its Hungarian-Japanese-NorCal menu seems, I trust the chefs will serve something surprising and delicious. I’ve never had a bad meal here. 

  • Nopa: Its two-story dining room is buzzing from 5PM until past midnight, but you can usually snag a stool at the bar. I meet friends here for an expertly mixed cocktail and a burger, but brunch is my favorite: It’s hard to resist the city’s best French toast—a custardy masterpiece—and a spicy bloody Mary made with mezcal and topped with pickled beets.

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