About Martha C
Lives in Mill Valley, California
Since Aug. 2007
25-34 year old female
I love to travel to destinations where I can sample lots of great food, see beautiful sights and be exposed to cultures that I might know nothing about!
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Shopping Malls,
Other Food & Drink
If you're a food lover visiting San Francisco, you must visit the Ferry Building at the end of Market Street. It is packed to the brim with great restaurants, food and beverage shops and even a thrice weekly Farmers Market. Most of the shops along the main hallway also offer samples, so you can munch for free as you explore!
Food trucks! Over the past few years, food trucks have exploded in popularity all over the country, especially in food-focused San Francisco. Off the Grid brings many trucks together in one place, so that people can sample lots of different cuisines in one visit. Depending on the location of the trucks, you'll have a different selection of food on offer, and some locations offer fun seating options, like tents and blankets by the fire too.
Consistently on lists of the top San Francisco restaurants, Nopa delivers every time. You'll feel like you're a part of something really exciting in the large open dining room, and like many San Francisco restaurants, Nopa's menu is ever-changing and offers lots of local produce, meat and seafood. Their cocktails also stand out from the crowd, and are a great way to kick off your meal. Expect dishes like wood-grilled burger, Moroccan vegetable tagine and rotisserie herbed chicken.
Looking for amazing Neapolitan style pizza during your visit to San Francisco? Look no further than Pizzeria Delfina. The more casual sister to Delfina (right next door!), this is the original Pizzeria Delifna location. The eatery now has four locations around the Bay Area — a local favorite if there ever was one! While you may come for the pizza, you will definitely stay for all the tasty antipasti and daily changing specials.
If you're craving some delicious Vietnamese, be sure to head to Little Saigon and stop in at Turtle Tower. A favorite with locals for years, this is the best place to get a big bowl of delicious pho! It's decidedly little-to-no frills on decor and location, but the food speaks for itself.
This James Beard Award-winning restaurant continues to be a hard reservation to get! Though State Bird Provisions seems to be getting busier by the day, the quality of the food and service never falters. Expect an ever-changing menu that is always packed with the best local ingredients. The restaurant is named with California's state bird in mind: the quail. The concept started there and evolved into an entirely unique restaurant with few programmed elements. While there is a small menu from which you can order, most dishes for the evening are wheeled about dim-sum style, so guests can choose off the carts.
If you're looking for amazing pasta, you have to make a stop at Flour + Water. Here, they make everything in-house — and you can tell! You'll want to try every pasta on the menu once you see the selection, and there are wonderful wine and beer selections to pair with your meal.
There are few places quite so ingrained in San Francisco as Swan Oyster. This city mainstay has been serving up a simple, seafood-focused menu for more than 100 years. You can get oysters (of course), shrimp, clams, chowder, smoked fish, and more. It's a small place with no frills, but you will be blown away by the fresh and delicious seafood here.
There aren't many restaurants out there where you can watch movies projected on brick walls while eating amazing food! Foreign Cinema has been an institution in the Mission neighborhood for over 15 years now, and it doesn't show any signs of stopping. The California-Mediterranean cuisine utilizes lots of local ingredients, always to fabulous effect. While seats outside are ideal for optimal independent and foreign film viewing, the vibe inside is cozier and warm.
Zuni Cafe has been open since 1979, and the reason for that is obvious. Its large and airy interior feels comfortable and inviting, and the smells emanating from the kitchen are intoxicating. Even though Judy Rodgers has passed away, her vision for the restaurant lives on in the classic dishes for which Zuni is known. There are seasonal specials, but the staples are always on the menu.
Situated out near Ocean Beach, Outerlands is a bit of a trek from the center of the city, but it is well worth it! The menu changes often in this remodelled space, but you can always count on a tasty selection of dishes, like braised brisket sandwich, roasted lamb breast and little gem salad with persimmons, avocado and pear.