San Francisco is a city that’s always prided itself on being unusual. One of the best ways to truly see the city is to eat your way through it. Even with the past year’s challenges, restaurants are still finding ways to be innovative and unique. Here are just some of San Francisco’s most unique dining experiences.
# AL’s Place (1499 Valencia St.)
Not every restaurant can boast that its produce comes exclusively from a single supplier. That’s just one thing that distinguishes AL’s Place from the rest of the pack. There’s also the fact that they use “every part of everything,” offer family-style service for a flat fee and make some of the most unbelievable French fries you’ve ever tasted. Having been named Bon Appetit’s Restaurant of the Year in 2015 doesn’t hurt, either.
# Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission St.)
Foreign Cinema has made the list of San Fransisco’s top 100 restaurants for a whopping 17 years in a row. Captained by chefs Gayle Pirie and John Clark, Foreign Cinema offers an exquisite menu, oysters on the half shell, and retro, glamorous decor. Don’t miss the Hamachi sashimi, warm rice cake, yuzu ponzu, avocado, serrano chillies, watermelon radish, and togarashi.
# In Situ (151 Third St.) – Temporarily Closed
Did you know there’s a place in San Francisco where you can enjoy dishes prepared by different chefs from all over the world? Chef Corey Lee curates a menu inspired by his talented peers in the world of food at In Situ. It seems only appropriate that this guided culinary experience across many styles and techniques be housed at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA).
# Kennedy’s Irish Pub & Indian Curry House Restaurant (1040 Columbus Ave.)
Yes, you read that correctly. The gang at Kennedy’s is so good at what they do, it’s regarded as one of the city’s best pubs as well as the place to go for some of the city’s best Indian food. There’s nothing quite like enjoying chicken tikka masala while shooting pool or pairing your Guinness with lamb vindaloo.
# Off the Grid (Various Locations)
Where do you go if you want BBQ, pizza, crab sandwiches, and hoppy microbrews all at once? You got to Off the Grid, wherever they may be. This collection of food trucks and pop-up vendors has standing engagements around San Francisco, depending on the season. In warmer, drier months, you can find them every Sunday on the Main Lawn of the Presidio for a truly gut-busting, choose-your-own-adventure brunch.
# Berber (1516 Broadway)
Come for the North African cuisine; stay for the dancers and aerial performers! In picturesque Russian Hill, Berber will stimulate all your senses with its unpredictable slate of live entertainment.