Adjacent to the tourist-heavy Union Square area, the Tenderloin is one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods and also its most historic, home to Little Saigon, SF’s Transgender District, and multitudes of families with kids (nearly 4,000, at last count). It’s also an area with a vast income and wellness divide between residents, where shiny skyscrapers filled with luxury apartments loom over tent encampments filled with the city’s most vulnerable residents.
Those many factors are what makes the Tenderloin one of the city’s most vibrant and vital neighborhoods, one that’s fiercely beloved by its residents, many of whom see the beauty within the area’s many tensions. That beauty extends to the area’s dining scene, where a single block can boast a place with an amazing $4 sandwich and a just-as-amazing (just in a different way) $300 tasting menu. This is a neighborhood you can explore for years and still find new things every day. This list of 12 fantastic Tenderloin restaurants is a great place to start that exploration.Read More