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Delicious San Francisco Eats

Kelly McCombs - Friday, May 20, 2016

Last week, we introduced you to some must see sites on your next trip to San Francisco. While the city is famous for many of these sites, it is also known for having some of the best restaurants in the country. From pasta to sushi, vegetarian to steakhouse, we have compiled a list of our favorites! Make sure to include them along with the sites on your next trip!






For the Italian lovers out there, a dinner at A16 on Chestnut Street should be high on the list of must-do’s. They serve everything from homemade pasta to Neopolitan pizza, and they have an extensive wine list with a Wine Director to help you choose which is best paired with your meal. Their Burrata is raved about all over the city! The menu along with a sophisticated ambiance make this one of our top choices!


Tadich Grill is one of those restaurants that should be on everyone’s bucket list. Located on California Street, Tadich Grill has been serving up mouthwatering seafood dishes since 1849. This makes it not only San Francisco’s oldest restaurant, but California’s! Their signature dish is the much loved Seafood Cioppino, a hearty seafood stew with clams, prawns, scallops, bay shrimp, crab meat, mussels and white fish all simmered in a tomato based broth. It has been widely hailed as the best of its kind, anywhere! If you decide to make a stop at Tadich Grill for lunch or dinner, be aware that they do not take reservations. There are often people waiting in line for a table, but the food is well worth the wait!


If you are in the mood for a nice juicy steak, head on over to Harris' on Van Ness Avenue. Walking in to the restaurant will transport you to another time where men wore suits and hats and women wore their hair up in the “beehive” style. Plush leather booths and starched white table clothes greet you as you prepare for some of the best service in the city. Harris’ has an in-house butcher that prepares some of the best Mid-Western beef available on the West Coast. Be sure to try the Steak Diane for some of the best filet you will ever have.


While you’re in Chinatown checking out all of the wonderful shops, make a stop at Akiko's on Bush Street. They are known throughout the city as having the freshest sushi anywhere. This, along with top-notch sushi chefs who are artists at their craft, will make for an unforgettable experience. They also feature a full wine list and an impressive sake collection to complete your meal.


San Francisco is lucky enough to boast a plethora of local farmers markets and farm-to-table restaurants, which in turn makes it hard for a vegetarian to choose which one is the best! Our choice is Greens on Marina Boulevard. If you’re looking for an upscale vegetarian restaurant with a delicious variety of heathy choices, without sacrificing flavor, this is the spot! Greens has been named one of the best city restaurants many times, even over non-vegetarian choices. Now, that’s saying something!


We hope that you have enjoyed our little glimpse into the wonderful city that is San Francisco! A trip there is worthwhile for the whole family!


6 Must-See Sites in San Francisco!

Kelly McCombs - Saturday, May 14, 2016

There is something in San Francisco for everyone. Whether you love to take part in outdoorsy activities, try new foods at the many different restaurants, or just generally like to wander around the city, it is chock full of fun and interesting things! It is also fairly small in size compared to many other cities, but this does not mean it is lacking. We have listed below some must see sites for your next trip!





A trip to San Francisco would not be complete without a walk over the Golden Gate Bridge. This beautiful red bridge has become a symbol of the city and is one of the most famous bridges in the world. A pedestrian walkway crosses the stunning 1.7 mile span to make your walk easy and safe. Make sure to bring your camera along! The views of Alcatraz are some of the best in the city!


Speaking of Alcatraz, this now closed prison is one of the most visited places in the city. It sits on a huge rock in the middle of San Francisco Bay, and is reached by a ferry, which is fun in itself! Officially closed as a prison in the 1960’s, Alcatraz housed some of the most infamous criminals in history. While many tried, none of them ever successfully escaped the prison. This is definitely a must see site!


If you are interested in doing some shopping on your trip, a visit to Pier 39 at Fisherman’s Wharf is on the list. There are over 60 shops to browse with everything from touristy items to local hand crafted merchandise. If you are a lover of animals and are seeking something more unique on your trip, a visit to the sea lions on the K Dock of Pier 39 is a must! These sea lions have resided here since 1990 and their amusing antics will bring some humor to your day!


A wonderful way to add some culture to your trip is to visit Chinatown. Inside the entrance on Grant Avenue and Bush Street lies 24 blocks of a city within a city; chock full of exotic shops, delicious restaurants and food markets. San Francisco’s Chinatown is the oldest Chinatown outside of Asia and the oldest one in North America. It is best seen on foot, so wear your walking shoes and get ready for an adventure!


Taking a ride on a cable car is an exhilarating way to see the city! The cable cars in San Francisco are the last fully operational, manually operated cable cars in the world. They were listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1964 and are used as much today as they were over a 100 years ago! There are three cable lines that run throughout the city, which gives the rider a chance to see many of the sites and sounds of the city, including some of the huge hills that make the city famous.


One of the most photographed sites in the city is the Painted Ladies  at Hayes and Steiner Street. These lovely Victorian homes are a site to see, set against the backdrop of the city’s skyscrapers. For a relaxing lunch, bring a picnic and set up in the adjacent grassy spot known as Alamo Square. This location provides stunning views of the Ladies. Fun fact: the Painted Ladies were used in the opening credits of the sitcom Full House back in the 1990’s!


While San Francisco is known for having some of the steepest streets in the country, it also has one of the most crooked! Lombard Street is a one-way street that is so steep, the city decided to add 8 switchback turns in the 1920’s in order to make it safer and more aesthetically pleasing. Whether you walk or drive down it, it is certainly something very unique to San Francisco that you will not see anywhere else! 


Of course, there are hundreds of places to visit in San Francisco, but we hope this gives you a good starting point! Stay tuned to the next blog for some of the best places to eat in San Francisco!



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