Whenever I travel or hotel hop in a city away from home, this getaway opportunity gives me the perfect excuse to pig out shamelessly because I am "unable" to cook without a kitchen, heh. Although eating out is not the healthiest of choices, sometimes you don't have a choice when you're traveling! And if you ask me, you might as well pick the best spots in the city if you're already going to be dining out! Although I've lived in the Bay Area for a majority of my life, I almost always end up visiting new restaurants whenever I make a trip back to Northern California since I'm all about creating new experiences and digging into delicious food!
So without further ado, let's go over what restaurants I visited in San Francisco during my last trip!
If there's one Chinese food that I'm crazy about, it's dumplings (and potstickers)! Seeing all of the hype through the form of colorful dumplings on Instagram was enough of an incentive for me to book a reservation for two at Dumpling Time. I kept raving to Sharon just how excited I was to visit this place, and she returned the excitement back since we both are a fan of dumplings.
First off, I LOVE how Dumpling Time had its own parking lot - finally, a place in San Francisco that doesn't lack parking spaces. Also, we had the opportunity to meet the owner and he was super friendly! When he asked me what my favorite food was from Dumpling Time, I ended up saying his favorite - aka the Shrimp Toast. That toast is literally out of this world, as it carried the perfect amount of crunch and came with a delicious dipping sauce. Additionally, we ordered the Shrimp Har Gow, Shrimp & Pork Siu Mai, Beijing Noodles, Pork Gyoza, and Seafood Gyoza. Last but not least, we cannot forget the famous King Dum, which is a huge xiao long bao that is served with a short boba straw to ensure that you get every last sip of the soup that remains inside this ginormous dumpling! Out of everything I ordered (yes, you can call me a fatass for ordering at least five dishes, LOL), my highlights of the day had to be the addicting Seafood Gyoza and the crunchy Shrimp Toast. DEFINITELY order these two entrees when you are here!
Honestly, I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of ingredients used, aesthetics, and taste of every entree served at Dumpling Time and would DEFINITELY recommend this restaurant to both friends and family. I'll definitely be back again!
Located at the popular Pier 39, Fog Harbor Fish House is known for its award-winning views and hype-worthy Clam Chowder. In fact, my San Francisco blogger friend. Thy from @thy.time, told me just how much she loves their Clam Chowder so I wish I ordered that instead! When Sharon and I walked into Fog Harbor Fish House, the restaurant was PACKED - now I can see why it's known as the second "best restaurant" on Yelp, hah.
If there's one thing you need to know about Sharon and I, we do not hold back when it comes to the amount of entrees that we collectively order, that's for sure. In fact, we are the type of friends that ENCOURAGE ordering additional plates because the hunger is too real, LOL. Hence, we ordered a variety of entrees that included Blue Cheese Garlic Bread, Crab Cakes, and much more.
If you're a huge fan of seafood, then Fog Harbor Fish House is definitely the place to check out!
I discovered Jane The Bakery through my good friend and food photographer, Jeremy from @jer.chung. He raved repeatedly about how good this place was to the point where curiosity killed the cat running through my damn head. Sharon and I dropped by Jane The Bakery with hungry stomachs, and we pretty much devoured a croissant within seconds of receiving it served nicely on a plate. RIP Crossaint #1 that never made it on to my Instagram page that I had to order Crossaint #2 to replace Crossaint #1, LOL!
Also, as avocado toast lovers, Sharon and I couldn't resist ordering their Avocado Toast so we ordered one each. I have to say, this was the most unique Avocado Toast I have eaten - not only was it packed with ingredients to satiate my bottomless pit of a stomach, but the combined ingredients just tasted incredible together.
If you've known me for at least three years, you'll know that Ketsourine Macarons is literally my second home and that I can never, ever stop promoting this business enough. Ketsourine Macarons is the definition of an Instagrammer's dream photoshoot, as they serve cute character macarons (they have Pusheen macarons, yasss!) and have the cutest minimalistic cafe interior to shoot in. I swear, I've taken all of my closest friends to Ketsourine Macarons and they love the welcoming and friendly ambiance as well! Also, they recently added savory and sweet crepes to their menu and I can definitely vouch that their savory "North Beach" (otherwise known as a "Pepperoni + Cheese" Crepe) was da booomb. If you're a huge fan of sweets, Ketsourine Macarons is DEFINITELY the place to go to!
P.S. My friends know I love Ketsourine Macarons so much that they send me Snapchats of when they're there because they know it's my happiest place on Earth!
For a fancy night out with your girlfriend or significant other, look no further than Luce. Located inside of the InterContinental San Francisco, Luce provides a Michelin-star dining experience with their 9-course Chef's Tasting Menu and wine pairing.
Since I am not a wine drinker, I handed off my wine glasses to a happy Sharon, who enjoyed tasting the different types and hearing about their unique origins from the Chef himself. Also, because Sharon is a vegetarian, we ended up receiving completely different entrees and loved the fact that they were able to whip up such aesthetic and carefully prepared entrees for the both of us. Even after trying multiple entrees, I ended up loving their Peanut Butter & Jelly dessert - yep, this choice only further confirms that I'm a hardcore sweettooth, hah. After dining at Luce, our stomachs left full and content and we conveniently walked back up to our room to relax with our laptops and the show, Friends, playing in the background.
If you're looking for a more intimate dinner out where you can take your time taking sips of wine, trying delicious entrees, and just chatting the night away, definitely add Luce to your bucketlist.
Have you been to any of these restaurants, or do you have any restaurant recommendations of your own? And do you guys enjoy reading my restaurant/food guides? Let me know in the comments below - let's chat!