San Francisco Street Food- 7 Must Haves in The Golden Gate City

San Francisco is known for the Golden Gate Bridge but the next best thing, this city is known for is its street food. With a diverse crowd, this town offers a variety of cuisines ranging from Chinese to Italian to Mexican. The flavours of this scrumptious street food in San Francisco will make you forget you were on a diet and will always keep you wondering what's coming up next. From soupy bread bowls to the spicy Dungeness crabs, this fog city has a perfect balance between veganism and seafood.

Check out the list of San Francisco street food below, so you don't miss out on anything while in the city by the bay.

1. Sourdough Bread Bowls

Sourdough Bread Bowls

A one of its kind East Coast invention that San Francisco has adopted and served with love. Every bakery in the city takes well-deserved pride in its baked sourdough bread. This dish is so delicious and is so hearty and filling that you'll enjoy it till the very last bite. Compliment these bread bowls with your favourite soup or stew for the best warm dinner in this fog city.

Where to eat:
  • Tartine Bakery in the Mission District.
  • Boudin in North Beach.
  • Noe Valley Bakery in Noe Valley.

2. Cioppino


Cioppino is an Italian-American dish that originated from San Francisco. Fresh stew of fish and shellfish cooked in wine and tomatoes garnished with spices and herbs gives one the perfect steamy vibe of the city by the bay. Traditionally this spicy street food in San Francisco is served with toasted bread, either sourdough or baguette.

Where to eat:
  • Sotto Mare Oysteria & Seafood on Green Street.
  • Tadich Grill on California Street.
  • Fog Harbor Fish House at Pier 39.

3. Xiao Long Bao

Xiao long Bao

If you can't fly to China, get down to the streets of San Francisco to enjoy the authentic Chinese steamed dumplings. These juicy steamed buns are filled with pork to keep you full for an entire day of touring this wonderful city.

Where to eat:
  • Old Mandarin Islamic Restaurant on Vicente Street.
  • Dumpling Alley on Clement Street.
  • Kingdom of Dumpling on Taraval Street.

4. Carne Asada Burrito

Carne Asada Burrito

Famous for its comical size, the Carne Asada Burrito is filled with golden rice, creamy pinto beans, char-grilled marinated skirt steak and garnished with several condiments. With mix and match options, there is no correct way to make this iconic street food in San Francisco. This burrito can usually fill more than one stomach.

Where to eat:
  • Papalote Mexican Grill on Fulton Street.
  • Taqueria Los Coyotes on 16th Street.
  • Pancho Villa Taqueria on 16th Street.

5. Swedish Pancakes

Swedish Pancakes

Authentic Swedish pancakes are a 24/7 meal for many in San Francisco. These pancakes are like no other, they are super yummy, fluffy, and about as big as a silver dollar and of course, there are no leftovers. Iced with a variety of fruits and berries taste divine. Late-night cravings? These pancakes are just the right choice for young and old. All major street stalls serving Swedish pancakes are open until dawn.

Where to eat:
  • Sears Fine Foods in Union Square.
  • Applebee's Grill + Bar on Taylor Street.
  • Morning Due Cafe on 17th Street.

6. Sticky Chewy Chocolate Ice Cream

Ice Cream

It is no secret that San Francisco is turning into the Ice Cream Capital of the Western Coast. With unusual but tasty flavours such as the Sticky Chewy Chocolate and Salted Caramel, San Francisco is on the bucket list of every dessert lover. Be it winters or summers there is no perfect season to enjoy a cup of ice cream in this foggy city.

Where to eat:
  • Swensen's Ice Cream on Hyde Street.
  • Bi-Rite Creamery & Bakeshop on 18th Street.

7. Egg Custard Tarts

Egg Custard Tart

Egg Custard Tart is one dessert that everybody raises their hands for. Served chilled or smoking hot right out of the oven, there are always fans waiting to have the nutty short-crust pastry. The rich egg custard is topped with nutmeg to give it a silky smooth layer. One can never have enough of these.

Where to eat:
  • Golden Gate Bakery in Grant Avenue.
  • Jupiter at The Mission.
One can always feel at home with the street food in San Francisco and its numerous cuisines and delicacies carefully adapted and curated for every visitor to this city by the Bay.

This post was published by Preyansh Shah

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