ANANDA FUARA on Market Street in Downtown San Francisco is one of my favorite restaurants in the City. This restaurant is COMPLETELY vegetarian (which I have been for many, many years now). They have the best Turkey club sandwich, with fake turkey and bacon... Delicious.
TAQUERIA CANCUN is a great, but well known, Mexican restaurant in the Mission District of SF. The Mission's population is mainly latinos coming from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Guatemala, Panama, etc etc, so latin food is prevelant. But CANCUN is one of the best. Good luck on finding a seat on the weekends. If you are vegetarian, then be sure to ask when ordering burritos around SF if they have LARD in the refried beans, because otherwise they might (most do) and you might feel queasy afterwards.
A Thai one and a Diner. I cant remember names and streets, so this is going to be vague!
Both cheap and good for sitting, chilling out, and reading
Favorite Dish: Chicken something, and fried potatoes with eggs (muoth watering!)
Believe it or not, San Francisco has more restaurants per capita than Manhattan. There are every possible type of cuisine: American, German, French, Italian, Hungarian, Middle Eastern, Ethiopian, Chinese, Vietnamese, Japanese, Mexican, Peruvian, El Salvadorans, etc. Moreover, you can get food at reasonable prices. Here are some of my suggestions:
FINANCIAL DISTRICT Boulevard and One Market(both a bit pricey but excellent food)Plouf (French)
MISSION TiCouz (creperie) and Cancun Taqueria & La Taqueria (Mexican)
CASTRO La Mediteranee, Thailand Restaurant
HAIGHT-ASHBURY Eno (Asian fusion) Cha Cha Cha (Spanish)
MARINA Baker Street Bistro
RICHMOND Ton Kiang (Chinese) and Khan Toke (Thai - Robin Williams & Harrison Ford had been guests there!)
BERNAL HEIGHTS - Hungarian Restaurant
Win's Market, if you like duck. Has to be the best roast duck ever! The restaurant is on Taraval, somewhere between 40th and 44th Ave in the sunset district. Good Japanese food, I recommend two restaurants: Sagami-Ya on Irving and 16th (?) and I don't remember the name of the other one but it's on 9th Ave between Lincoln and Irving. The 9th Ave / Irving area has a lot of good food and a great juice bar Jamba Juice.
very reasonable price
Favorite Dish: Win's roast duck!!!!!!!! a taste sensation like no other!!!
I really have no favorite. The wharf is a fun place to be and eat. Walk-around crab and shrimp cocktails. Browse the streets of Little Italy and pick a restaurant that looks good to you, a lot to choose from.
Favorite Dish: Dungeness Crab........the sweetest in the whole world and I HAVE tried the crab in many different parts of the world. Dungeness wins. Don't forget to try the Abalone also, a Pacific treat.
There are some great restaurants at Ghirardelli Square, this is one of the oldest of the renovated waterfronts venues. It started in the 70's, and it still has some great restaurants, such as The Mandarin, great Chinese food at beautiful surroundings.
MY FAVORITE - ELLA'S
500 Presido at California (415) 441-5669
Also worth mentioning:
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Have a meal (lunch or dinner) at one of the many good restaurants at FISHERMAN'S WHARF.
Favorite Dish: The very fresh seafood.