There are as many reasons to get fresh-grilled takoyaki (or matcha soft serve or any of a litany of wonderful options) in Japantown as there are bookstores, karaoke bars, and different things to eat in the tiny yet dense neighborhood. Benkyodo, the 115-year-old mochi shop that closed earlier this year, may be gone, but Patti Smith’s favorite tucked away restaurant in San Francisco remains, amongst many other gems.
This is a neighborhood with plentiful warabi and just about every flavor of Pocky you can imagine. It’s a neighborhood where shop owners take care of each other, selling one another’s goods on each other’s front steps. It’s also the only neighborhood in San Francisco with a five-tiered concrete stupa presented by the people of Osaka. Try any of these 16 Japantown favorites for a chance to kick back in one of the United States’ most lively Japanese enclaves.
Health experts consider dining out to be a high-risk activity for the unvaccinated; it may pose a risk for the vaccinated, especially in areas with substantial COVID transmission.Read More