San Francisco was a whirlwind this time around. Thank you guys again for all the recommendations, many of which we’ve added to our ever-growing list! If you’re planning a visit soon and love to eat, definitely check out some of the helpful comments on this Instagram and see my past SF food diaries here and here. One of my favorite activities this time was actually morning runs around the city, through the Golden Gate Park and also to other mini landmarks. I’m not a good runner and am huffing and puffing after half a mile, so it helped immensely to run with a friend who pushed aka tricked me into going further each time.
Tiled steps + Grand View Park (pictured above): For a free thigh workout, just run on a few upward sloping streets then finish by going up the tiled stairs to the overlook park. My legs were like jell-o the next day, but the stunning sunrise view over the city was completely worth it.
Hollow cafe: a cute, tiny little spot not far from the tiled steps with yummy coffee and supposedly good pastries (we were too full to try their signature Guinness cupcakes!). Sweater dress here is borrowed from my friend. It’s apparently the same one as my cream dress worn in this post but in a dark green, which I didn’t see online!
Rooster & Rice: We mostly ate at quick spots this trip that didn’t require reservations. The food here is super simple but is comfort food for many, esp. if you like Hainanese chicken. The boxes here consist of poached chicken (you can get this boneless skinless) over rice, a savory chili ginger and garlic sauce, hot broth on the side, and the option to add an egg. Be sure to try the hot sauce!
Bob’s donuts: I realized I had posted this last weekend with zero explanation about the torso-sized donut! So I admit I went to Bob’s mostly for the photo opp, expecting it to be a gimmicky place since donuts this large couldn’t possibly be tasty. The hole-in-the-wall shop is open 24hrs but the biggies only come out of the fryer every few hours, and tend to go fast (you’ll see a line forming outside). I called ahead to find out timing and you can also stop by and reserve one in advance. Maybe it was because it was warm and fresh out of the fryer, but the donut was surprisingly delicious and got devoured (the big ones are only $9 and will feed at least six lol). The apple fritters were also fresh at the time and oh-so-good … even my typically anti-sweets friends kept sneaking bites and asking for more!
Aina: Heard the wait can get up to hours here on the weekends, so we popped by on a weekday right when they opened and were seated right away! The food is hawaiian fusion style, so they have twists on traditional dishes like spam musubi (pictured above in the lettus wrap) and loco moco (done with braised shortrib instead of hamburger). Our table loved the malasadas in the top right … warm, portuguese-style donuts dusted with coconut sugar and filled with guava custard!
MyMy: We were in the Nob hill area craving brunch, and this turned out to be a solid spot with lots of breakfast and especially benedict choices. The Baja benedict above with crab and grilled shrimp (and those crispy hash brown sheets…mmm) is a little splurge for breakfast at $20ish, but not a bite went to waste!
Sometimes you just crave a good old-fashioned burger, especially after a fuzzy morning of wine tasting. Gott’s Roadside in both SF and Napa hit the spot. Their Caesar salad was a little over-cheesed for me (hard to see the greens under that snowbank of parmesan) but their burgers (both a regular and a kimcheese burger are pictured above) and garlic fries were just what we needed. The milkshakes are also deliciously thick and creamy but very indulgent, so share with a friend or two!