Throwback Thursday

best restaurants in san francisco

Before Nate Appleman helmed Chipotle and Daniel Holzman started his “baller” empire (The Meatball Shop) the two chefs were lighting up the food scene in San Francisco. That’s why today we’re premiering a new throwback Thursday column where we get recommendations from chefs in the cities they got their start in! Up this week, the essential San Francisco, let’s hear it from the boys…

Nate Appleman

Best breakfast…

Boulettes Larder or Il Cane Rosso at the ferry building.

Best burger…

In-N-Out. Duh!

Best brunch…

Yank Sing

Best late night cocktails…

I don’t drink but I will offer late night eats. Bob’s Donuts is open 24 hours and they fry the doughnuts at night. Glazed comes out around midnight. Also House of ThaiPinecrest Diner, and Grubstake.

Best spots to camp out for never-ending dinners…

Zuni Café

Best fine dining…

SaisonBenuAzizaCommis and Coi.

Best oysters…

WaterbarZuni Café and Swan Oyster Depot.

Best healthy options…

Chez Panisse Cafe

Best power lunch…

The Slanted Door

Best brasserie fare…

Café de la Presse

Best weeknight dinner spot…

Spices IINojoNopaState Bird ProvisionsKin Khao and The House of Prime Rib.

Best neighborhood vibe…

Bar Tartine and Delfina.

Best people-watching…

Lers Ros in the Tenderloin.  You see all walks of life in the area.

Best hangover food…

I don’t drink but I can offer the lazy Sunday spots…NopalitoArguello Market for the turkey sandwich, and Pizzeria Delfina.

The up and coming spot…

Merigan Sub ShopOuterlands and Ume.

See next page for Daniel Holzman’s essential San Francisco…