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The Top San Francisco Restaurant Standbys of 2015

The places San Francisco's food writers returned to time and again.

Zuni Cafe is a definite SF standby.
Zuni Cafe is a definite SF standby.

Anna Roth, Eater contributor, SF Chronicle columnist

I moved to the Sunset in the middle of the year so I've got a whole new stable of standbys. Most regularly seen at Yummy Yummy, Manna, Andytown Coffee, and TC Pastry, a little hole-in-the-wall with good dumplings that fellow food writer Tamara Palmer told me about.

Allie Pape, Hoodline editor, former ESF editor

With each passing year, I eat out less in SF and more in Oakland, which has lower prices and an ever-increasing percentage of my friends, who are departing too-pricey-to-bear SF in droves. Places where I could frequently be found this year: Cosecha Cafe, Kronnerburger, Shan Dong, the Charlie Hallowell empire, Ramen Shop, Cholita Linda, and anywhere with Korean BBQ.

Back on this side of the water, top-notch cocktail bars with good food tended to attract most of my custom: I am a Bar Agricole diehard who also has a spot in my heart for Trou Normand, Trick Dog is always a good time (on weekdays, anyway), and ABV has been a welcome addition to the rotation. (Pouring one out for Chino, where Nick Balla's glorious fish-sauce wings rose from the dead and then were cruelly snatched away from me once again.) I also ate a lot of dim sum, particularly dumplings at Yank Sing and Shanghai Dumpling King and anything on the menu at Hong Kong Lounge II.

Eloise Porter, Eater SF contributor

I'm always a regular diner at Nopa — the burger is my favorite in the city and Hannah Ziskin's desserts are to die for. Others I can't live without are Namu Gaji, Bar Tartine, Tosca, and Flour + Water (I love a big bowl of pasta).

Namu Gaji Molly DeCoudreaux

Namu Gaji (Photo: Molly Decoudreaux)

The Dapper Diner, blogger

Frances still sates my appetite after all these years when I want a relaxed dinner. My current proximity to Spruce makes it a no-brainer for a quick burger and cocktail when I'm too lazy to cook. La Torta Gorda is still my favorite quick weekend lunch/brunch spot. I enjoy Chili House more and more when I need my spice fix. SF has a lot of great new cocktail bars, but 15 Romolo still wins my ass in a stool consistently for their drinks, sherry, and great brunch and late-night menu.

Paolo Lucchesi, food editor of the SF Chronicle

Kin Khao. Old Mandarin. Comstock. Penrose. Una Pizza Napoletana. 20th Century Cafe. Zuni. Always Zuni.

Daisy Barringer, Eater SF and Thrillist SF contributor

Zazie, Belga, ABV.


Belga (Photo: Patricia Chang)

Rebecca Flint Marx, San Francisco magazine food editor

Thanks to the nature of my job, I don't really have standbys, save for Papalote, but for the sake of variety I can report that I did go at least twice to Aatxe, Huxley, and Homestead.

Peter Kane, SF Weekly food critic

With the caveat that my (very fun) job makes it hard to be a dinner/brunch regular anywhere, Mama Ji's, Hog & Rocks (pre- and post-Robin Song's departure), and Taqueria Vallarta are my defaults. I eat lunch solo at Tu Lan more than anywhere else, but I recommend Souvla and Fine & Rare to anyone who will listen.

Marcia Gagliardi, Tablehopper

The Progress, Montesacro, 4505 Burgers & BBQ, Merigan, Bar Tartine, 1601 Bar & Kitchen, La Nebbia, Souvla, and that damn burger at Causwells.

Stefanie Tuder, Senior Editor, Eater SF

In my zeal to conquer the SF restaurant scene, I haven't often been able to return to the same spots. Places that I wish existed in my neighborhood that I could return to time and again are Souvla, Kin Khao, Del Popolo and Wayfare Tavern.

Ellen Fort, Editor, Eater SF

I'm a regular at Kronnerburger in Oakland, and not just for the burger— the salads are killer, and there is incredible soft serve that changes constantly. (Think candy cap mushroom soft serve with meringue bits and milk crumbles.) Additionally, Souvla scratches an itch that only a salad with french fries can.

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