San Francisco, CA

  (72 restaurants)    
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Tommy's JoyntSee Tommy's Joynt Video ($)
(2902 ratings)

1101 Geary Blvd Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 775-4216
  • Braised Lamb Shanks
    special available only on Thursdays; cooked for 3 hrs; falls apart; looks good
  • Corned Beef
    looks good
  • Roast Beef
    looks good
  • Roast Turkey
    served w/ homemade gravy
  • Chili
    30+ year-old recipe; use buffalo meat
4.0 out of 5
2902 ratings
est. in 1947; original hof-brau of San Francisco; San Francisco institution; storefront is colorful...circus-like; eclectic no frills interior; one of Guy's favorite places to go in San Francisco
  • Warm Sea Urchin w/ Dungeness Crab
3.5 out of 5
1493 ratings
[CLOSED]; "a little East Coast formal (a GM in a suit and a chef who likes her vegetables brunoised) and West Coast casual (painted plywood floors, hawsers strung from the ceiling and diners in jeans)"
Fog City Diner ($$)
(775 ratings)

1300 Battery St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 982-2000
As Seen On:
Diner Paradise
  • Crab Cakes
    top-seller; looks good
  • Mac & Cheese
3.5 out of 5
775 ratings
gourmet diner food
Grubstake ($$)
(1120 ratings)

1525 Pine St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 673-8268
  • Gomes
    hash-like Portuguese dish w/ cod, potatoes & olives; looks good
  • Kale Soup
    w/ slices of Portuguese sausage
  • Pork Chop
    seasoned & pan-fried; served w/ fries
3.5 out of 5
1120 ratings
est. 1927; Portuguese cuisine; there is a rail car that houses half of The Grubstake that originally served the Key Line that provided transportation between Berkeley and Oakland & San Francisco
  • Backstabber
    sandwich w/ halal chicken, marinated artichoke hearts, Caesar dressing, "dirty" sauce (garlic & herb aioli), provolone, lettuce, tomato and jalapeno served on sourdough bread; looks good
  • Kryptonite
    13 ingredients (roast beef, ham, turkey, pepperoni, corn beef...); "The 'dirty sauce' is what makes their sandwiches sooo good."; looks good
3.5 out of 5
299 ratings
  • Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle w/ Matzo Ball
    grandmother's recipe
  • Potato Latke Delight
    two crispy potato pancakes, topped w/ corned beef & pastrami & side of apple sauce & sour cream; proper way to eat is meat + potato + sour cream + apple sauce all in 1 bite; looks good
3.5 out of 5
1466 ratings
[CLOSED]; since 2001; east-coast deli atmosphere; another location in San Rafael
  • Chongqing Chicken Wings
    extra large double-fried wings tossed in Asian pepper spice rub; topped w/ sesame seeds, scallions & cilantro
3.5 out of 5
2344 ratings
Chinese restaurant "known for its modern interpretation of classic dishes & its insistence on only using high quality fresh ingredients" (from its website); located in former Lung Shan Restaurant
Out the Door [CLOSED]See Out the Door Video ($$)
(787 ratings)

Westfield San Francisco Centre Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 541-9913
As Seen On:
Best Thing I Ever Ate, Episode: "With Fruit"
  • Green Papaya Salad
    Vietnamese dish; papaya is unriped and shredded for crunchy texture; Chris orders w/ rice porridge and alternates bites to mix "rich & creamy w/ crisp & refreshing"
3.5 out of 5
787 ratings
  • Triple Threat Burrito
    achiote marinated chicken breast, grilled prawns & tangy carne asada topped w/ guacamole & their signature salsa; looks good
  • Triple Threat Burrito
    chicken in achiote-based sauce, shrimp in pod chile sauce, carne asada in w/ rice, beans, pico de gallo & choice of tortilla; topped w/ roasted tomato salsa
3.5 out of 5
2249 ratings
#3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Hot and Spicy Foods); Throwdown: Bobby Flay lost; one of the 10 great places to bite into a big burrito (USA Today); signature salsa is available for mail-order
Pier 23 CafeSee Pier 23 Cafe Video ($$)
(1780 ratings)

The Embarcadero Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 362-5125
  • Duck Poppers
    onion slice, jalapeno slice & spicy cream cheese mix wrapped in thinly sliced duck breasts & bacon, marinated & grilled; available only Thu-Sun (call in advance to check)
  • Fish Tacos
    grilled fish (depending on what fish is fresh) w/ roasted tomato salsa & tomatillo avocado sauce; looks good
  • Oven-Roasted Crab
    whole roasted Dungeness crab broken & sauteed in garlic, butter & herbs
3.5 out of 5
1780 ratings
since 1984; located right on the San Francisco bay w/ outdoor seating available on pier; known for fresh seafood, unique cocktails & live music daily; one of Guy Fieri's favorite hang out joints
  • Carne Adovada on a Fresh Telera Bun
    Albuquerque Style Pulled Pork
  • Duck Confit
    takes 3-4 days to prepare; looks good
3.5 out of 5
1305 ratings
[CLOSED]; "funky American comfort"; chef used to cook for P-Funk and Greatful Dead
  • Escargot Puff Lollipop
    braised escargot wrapped in puff pastry, oven baked and topped w/ garlic butter and served on a lollipop stick
3.5 out of 5
108 ratings
[CLOSED]; mobile bistro...serve restaurant Chez Spencer's fine French cuisine from a converted taco truck
  • Grilled Double Cut Pork Chop
    with achiote & apricot relish over garlic mash and deep fried sweet corn; "up there w/ some of the best chops I've ever had"-Guy Fieri; looks good
  • Paul's Crafty Mac & Cheese
    signature dish; blend of four cheeses with pancetta on ziti pasta; looks good
3.5 out of 5
535 ratings
[CLOSED]; "Five Star Dive Bar" (from website)
As Seen On:
Top 5 Restaurants, Episode: "Best Pizza"
  • Margherita Pizza
    thin crust pizza topped w/ San Marzano tomatoes, buffalo mozzarella, extra-virgin olive oil,fresh basil, sea salt; looks good
3.5 out of 5
614 ratings
[CLOSED]; #3 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Pizza); only makes pizza (no appetizers or desserts); ingredients shipped from Italy, even pizza oven was built by family in Naples
Wexler's [CLOSED]See Wexler's Video ($$)
(623 ratings)

568 Sacramento St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 983-0102
  • Pulled Lamb Sandwich
    served on sweet deli roll w/ watermelon vinegar, pickled watermelon rind, red cabbage slaw
3.5 out of 5
623 ratings
[CLOSED]; Southern BBQ cuisine w/ an upscale twist
As Seen On:
Iron Chef Eats, Episode: "Comfort Food"
  • Bialy w/ Smoked Salmon
    bialy is like a bagel but w/ onions & poppy seed mix in the middle; topped w/ sustainably raised smoked salmon, whipped cream cheese, capers & red onions; looks good
  • Reuben
    pastrami, corned beef, or smoked turkey griddled w/ sauerkraut, Swiss cheese & Russian on rye; pastrami is top seller; looks good
3.5 out of 5
996 ratings
serving traditional Jewish comfort food; make everything from scratch
Yank SingSee Yank Sing Video ($$$)
(2626 ratings)

101 Spear St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 781-1111
  • Baked BBQ Pork Buns
    part of dim sum
  • Peking Duck
    signature dish; house-roasted Peking Duck served as a dim sum appetizer, Crispy paper thin honey-coated skin & tender slices of duck stuffed in a steamed seashell bun, accompanied w/ finely slivered scallions & smears of tangy hoisin sauce; looks good
3.5 out of 5
2626 ratings
#1 (Top 5 Restaurants-Best Chinese Food); James Beard Award winner (2009); dim sum: small individual portions of food pushed around on carts by servers
  • Red Velvet Fried Chicken
    signature item; 3 pieces of brined chicken soaked in red velvet cake batter, then deep fried in red velvet breading & deep-fried; served w/ cream cheese mashed potatoes & cocoa-infused slaw
3.0 out of 5
694 ratings
[CLOSED]; "fantastical twists on comfort food classics" (from its website)
Citizen Cake [CLOSED] ($$)
(287 ratings)

2125 Fillmore St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 861-2228
  • Pineapple Upside Down Cake
    topped w/ passion fruit frosting and capped w/ toasted coconut flakes
3.0 out of 5
287 ratings
[CLOSED]; est. in 1997
Penang GardenSee Penang Garden Video ($$)
(337 ratings)

728 Washington St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 296-7878
  • #68: Hot and Spicy Crab
3.0 out of 5
337 ratings
  • Mission Burrito
    5-lb burrito; flank steak, beans, rice, salsa, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, lettuce & tomatoes
  • Super Meat Burrito
3.0 out of 5
902 ratings
#58 (101 Tastiest Places to Chowdown); est. 1967; birthplace of the mission-style burrito; large portions
Joe's Cable Car Restaurant [CLOSED]See Joe's Cable Car Restaurant Video ($$)
(940 ratings)

4320 Mission St Map It!
San Francisco, CA 94112
(415) 334-6699
  • Bacon Burger
    2nd top seller
  • Cable Fresh Ground Beef Steak
    Guy's favorite burger at restaurant; top seller
  • Patty Melt
    Guy's 2nd favorite burger at restaurant; 3rd top seller
2.5 out of 5
940 ratings
[CLOSED]; open in 1965; neon decor; meat trimmed and ground fresh daily
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