Summer in San Francisco is all about eating seasonal and regional. And “down-to-earth” chefs of San Francisco take the fresh food concept and culinary sustainability to heart.
San Francisco boasts some cool farm-to-table eateries, with chefs crafting seasonal menus around what’s growing on local farms and gardens. Celebrating the California harvest, the neighborhoods of San Francisco are cropping up with farm-to-fork restaurants and cafés that serve fresh, local foods that reflect the seasons and the soul of garden gastronomy.
There are many trendy farm-to-table restaurants in San Fran that get accolades, like Coi and Trace, but low-key locavores will find off-the-beaten path joints dishing up scratch-made foods sourced locally and responsibly, without the pretense.
A foodie hangout in the North Bernal corridor, Dolores Park Café is passionate about community and the sustainable lifestyle. This charming urban café serves seasonal foods using the freshest, and when possible, organic ingredients from responsible farms and growers. Chef Tu David Phu dishes out imaginative, home-made foods locally sourced and herbs foraged from their own garden. Dig into the San Francisco Croque, a modern twist on the French classic made with local levain bread, the gooey and gluten-free Mac Cheese and house-made Buratta and mozzarella cheeses made daily by hand with love.
Set in a restored Victorian house, Flower + Water is farm-to-table joint serving hand-made pastas and artisan wood-fired pizzas. With its playful, laid-back vibe, this hip Mission District spot is the place to devour thin-crust Neopolitan pies, rustic pastas, California wines and seasonal tasting menus. It’s worth the wait and spending the dough.
A SoMa favorite, Radius Restaurant & Café plates up creative California cuisine and small batch wines all sourced within a 100-mile radius and changing with the seasons. Start with the local oysters and try mouthwatering entrees like the Petaluma Farms Fried Chicken or Marin Sun Farms Ribeye. With its rustic-industrial décor and charming back patio, this Folsom Street eatery is earthy yum.
Now, if you really want to feel, eat, and support local, then grab a table at the Local Mission Eatery, a community café dedicated to Bay Area farmers, vendors and artisans. Everything they serve – their veggies, fruits, meats, fish, dairy, olive oils and beer – is sourced from the bounty of California. The smoked trout and potato gnocchi will feed your soul.
If eating local and seasonal is your jam, follow your nose down to our colorful neighborhoods and see what’s growing and cooking this summer in the City by the Bay. You’ll find a new generation of chefs reinventing the SF foodscape!