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25 Outstanding Restaurants in the Mission District

Super burritos, smash burgers, and Michelin-starred baby lettuces all call this neighborhood home

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San Francisco’s Mission District could be the most multitudinous of the city’s neighborhoods. Known for its consistent sunshine, historic Latinx culture, and within the last two decades, rampant gentrification, the Mission is physically large and complicated by SF standards, with several commercial corridors to consider: fully commercialized Valencia Street; less-gentrified Mission Street; historic, tree-lined 24th Street; and smaller offshoots on 20th and 18th Streets. From a food perspective, it’s tough to summarize a neighborhood with so many claims to fame: birthplace of the super burrito; ground zero for a bread revolution; champion of beer and cocktail culture. But these 25 places start to tell the story.

As of publication time, some of these restaurants offer seated indoor and outdoor dining. However, their inclusion should not be taken as endorsement for sit-down dining, as there are still safety concerns. Studies indicate that COVID-19 infection rates are lower for outside activities than dining indoors, but the level of risk involved with even outdoor dining is contingent on restaurants and their patrons following strict social distancing, face covering, and other safety guidelines.

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1. Zeitgeist

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199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-7505
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San Francisco’s best-known beer garden is an eternal hangout where bike messengers, punks, tourists, and techies alike are all treated to the same excellent backyard patio and similarly gruff service. Zeitgeist stakes its reputation on “warm beer, cold women” — that’s the motto — but drinkers will actually find the beer cold and plentiful: 64 taps of it with one of the city’s strongest selections. It was also one of the first bars in the city to fully adapt its patio for the COVID era, with big glass partitions to divide the picnic tables into individual “booths.” For food, there is a grilled cheese sandwich and a selection of burgers that come in handy.

2. Rintaro

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82 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 517-8539
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Drawing on chef Sylvan Mishima Brackett’s early days as a bona fide bento box artiste, the Mission District izakaya has some of the most aesthetically pleasing takeout offerings of the COVID-19 crisis, with a daily selection of bentos that run the gamut from yakitori and udon to katsu curry. Order online, or call the restaurant’s dedicated bento hotline (415-517-8539) to assure that your bento is cooked hot to order. Pickup slots go from 5:30 to 8 p.m. daily.

3. Poc-Chuc

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2886 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 558-1583
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Poc-Chuc advertises its cuisine as Mayan, and serves a mix of pre-Hispanic and Mexican food in a cozy, family-run setting. Yucatecan pibil (citrus and achiote-marinated chicken or pork) is excellent, and the namesake poc-chuc — grilled citrus marinated pork— is a must-order for pork fans. But above all, come for the mole, perhaps the city’s finest: the chimole de pavo, or turkey, is more of a soup, and the pollo en mole comes in more of a sauce.

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4. Pakwan Restaurant - Mission District

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3182 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 255-2440
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SF’s king of no-nonsense late-night Pakistani, with a few locations across the city, serves better-than-solid versions of standards like saag paneer and chicken tikka masala. The lamb biriyani is pure, fat-glistened comfort, and the garlic naan might be the most satisfying version in the city. 

5. The Morris

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2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 612-8480
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The Morris is a neighborhood restaurant in a quieter and more residential corner of the Mission, worth the walk for its whole-animal program, array of charcuterie, and an impressive wine list. The star dish is the duck, a big platter featuring half a smoked duck, with fingerlings and seasonal vegetables, and an espresso and honey jus drizzled over the top. Owner Paul Einbund is a sommelier, and he stocks hundreds of interesting bottles to choose from.

6. Bi-Rite Creamery

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3692 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-5600
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An extension of high-end Bi-Rite Market across the street, Bi-Rite Creamery could be San Francisco’s best-known ice cream destination, with scoops of signature salted caramel inevitably generating lines down the block — particularly when sunny days draw crowds to Dolores Park. Pastry chef/partner Kris Hoogerhyde uses dairy from Straus Family Creamery for favorite flavors like ricanelas and roasted banana, plus seasonally changing newcomers.

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7. Tartine Bakery

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600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 487-2600
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The original bakery from partners Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt (est. 2002) is still at the heart of their growing food empire, even as the founders have fought against their employees’ unionization efforts. Robertson’s sourdough and Prueitt’s pastries — preposterously large and delicious croissants, vibrant morning buns, and delicate teacakes — still draw lines.

8. WesBurger n' More

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2240 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 745-9371
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San Franciscans continue to be obsessed with smashburgers, and if you want to skip the fast food chains, the best local version can be found at Wesburger. It’s a wild retro-inspired space, with a drive-in awning and a 70’s faux rock wall, lined with booths and stools. And the burgers are freshly ground, smashed to within an inch of their life, griddled until crispy, and slid onto a pillowy potato bun.

Wesburger’s smash burger Wes Rowe

9. Lazy Bear

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3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 874-9921
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An underground dinner party pop-up turned permanent (two-Michelin-star) restaurant, Lazy Bear typically leaves diners/guests raving about the talents of host/chef David Barzelay. Prior to the pandemic, each group would start by mingling upstairs over snacks like crispy, tempura-battered maitake mushrooms, then descend to large communal tables downstairs for a full tasting menu. During the pandemic, the team got playful with a “Lazy Bear Camp Commissary,” takeout menu, but now with reopening, it’s swinging back to the full experience with seated dinners.

10. Little Baobab SF

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3388 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-3558
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Little Baobab has taken over for larger next door sibling Bissap Baobab, which closed after 20 years . The rollicking dance parties with cocktails and African music obviously aren’t happening right now, but owner and beloved local figure Marco Senghor has continued to serve Senegalese food for takeout: dibi wraps, “Afro tacos,” yassa (onion and mustard sauce) with chicken or black eyed pea beignets, and a selection of energy-boosting juices.

11. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

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710 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 814-2920
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Farmhouse Thai Restaurant is a growing phenomenon (now with Oakland and Portland locations, too) for its spicy food and over-the-top, Instagram-friendly atmosphere (see the Thai iced tea with a big ice ball decoration). Popular dishes include hat yai fried chicken (with roti bread, yellow curry to dip, and blue rice), and “Mieng Kum Kung,” crispy tiger prawns. During the pandemic, the restaurant has been cranking out some of the most photogenic Thai takeout in the Bay Area, including a stunning “Little Lao” set. 

12. Trick Dog

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3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 471-2999
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Clever cocktail menu themes that change every six months keep crowds coming back to Trick Dog: Recently, Dr. Seuss books, the Whole Earth Catalog, and a tattoo flash sheet have provided inspiration. Owners Josh Harris and Morgan Schick always have something up their sleeves, and are known for strange ingredients — Ritz crackers have made an appearance in drinks — but deliciousness is typically the guiding principle. During the pandemic, the theme flipped to “Quik Dog,” selling hot dogs and cocktails out to the sidewalk.

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13. Flour + Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000
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Still a hot reservation after a decade in the Mission, Flour + Water is peak Cal-Italian with an emphasis on creative, seasonal pastas. Chef Thomas McNaughton is known in particular for the restaurant’s six-course pasta tasting menu. During the pandemic, the restaurant started selling a selection of pastas and antipasti for takeout, and it’s now open for outdoor dining on its quiet tree-lined street.

14. Loló

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974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 643-5656
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Jalisco-inspired Loló perfectly combines a bohemian atmosphere and clever tacos (the tropical, with panko and spice-dusted shrimp is eternally popular), killer queso fundido, and more dishes from chef/owner Jorge Martínez. The restaurant’s usual sleek small plates are available for outdoor dining, and the takeout offerings are a little more portable — think burritos stuffed with birria or cochinita pibil. It’s also selling cocktails, michelada kits, and meal kits for, say, making your own carnitas at home.

tacos at Loló Loló

15. Señor Sisig - Restaurant

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990 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(855) 747-4455
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The wildly popular Filipino-American food truck found a permanent home on Valencia in 2019. High-school buddies Evan Kidera and Gil Payumo were some of the first in the Bay Area to roll Filipino-style burritos and tacos, stuffed with pork-shoulder sisig, although these days, they’re into vegan proteins, too. The crunchwrap alone has its own fan following, griddled until golden, and served with a side of spicy nacho cheese for dunking.

The Sisig Crunchwrap at Señor Sisig, with cheese dip on the side Patricia Chang

16. Foreign Cinema

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2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 648-7600
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John Clark and Gayle Pirie’s landmark Mission restaurant, which is still enchanting after more than two decades, continues to delight diners with oysters, pâtés, and Madras curry sesame fried chicken while projected films light up the striking patio. Brunch is a particular favorite for for dishes like Champagne omelets and house-made pop tarts. The restaurant is currently open for outdoor dining only.

Foreign Cinema Foreign Cinema

17. La Palma Mexicatessen

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2884 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 647-1500
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It wouldn’t be the Mission with La Palma Mexicatessen, opened in 1953. It’s part market, part restaurant counter, with fresh masa for incredible tortillas and lots of delicious foods to eat with them, including carnitas, chile verde, and locally famous chicharrones. It’s only open for takeout for limited hours — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.

18. St. Francis Fountain

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2801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-4210
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San Francisco’s oldest ice cream parlor (est. 1918) serves classic sundaes and the best shakes in the city (made with Mitchell’s ice cream), diner food like patty melts, and breakfast specials in a throwback soda fountain atmosphere that’s delightfully frozen in time. Current hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends), so dinner is out, but stop by for a lazy breakfast or lunch and linger over a taste of vintage San Francisco.

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19. La Torta Gorda

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2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 642-9600
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La Torta Gorda is a small, casual restaurant and little back patio where gigantic tortas are king. Owner Armando Macuil channels flavors from his native Puebla, with popular orders including the pierna enchilada (pulled pork with refried beans, avocado, queso fresco, onions mayo and jajalapenos or chipotles) and the pambazos, whose telera roll is simmered in adobo sauce with potatoes, chorizo, lettuce, sour cream, and queso fresco.

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20. Taquería El Farolito

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2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-7877
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Taqueria El Farolito serves the platonic ideal of a Mission-style super burrito  — the Michelangelo’s David of burritos, if you will. The thing is $8.75 and it’s gigantic, a lightly toasted tortilla stuffed with the customer’s choice of meat (carne asada or al pastor are outstanding), plus beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocado, and lots of well-seasoned rice to mop it all up. It’s even better as a late-night stop.

21. La Santaneca De La Mission

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2815 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-2131

Popular pupuseria La Santaneca serves delicious Salvadorean and Mexican food with prices from a simpler time (also of note: it’s cash only). Specialties here, beyond mouth-watering revueltas and queso con loroco pupusas, include good sopas and delicious platanos.

22. La Taqueria

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2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 285-7117
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The Mission’s ur-taqueria, appropriately and simply named, serves the city’s most famous tacos and burritos, but in a style all their own. Miguel Jara opened the restaurant with his parents in 1972, creating what’s now a James Beard “American Classic.” Tacos are hefty, and super burritos are packed with quality meat — carne asada might be the best — but no rice (it only takes up space, says Jara). That means they’re extra juicy, and best when ordered dorado style for a crispy exterior. Lines can be long, prices have crept up to reflect the cost of ingredients, and hours are relatively tight. Who cares: It’s La Taq.

23. Reem's California Mission

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2901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 780-1953
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The new Mission location of chef Reem Assil’s neighborhood Arab bakery only opened a few days before the shelter in place went into effect, and it lost its oven to a fire, but the new oven is in, and the daily bread is back. Many of the restaurant’s greatest hits — its assorted dips and topped mana’eesh (flatbreads), plus a variety of sandwiches served on toasted sesame bread — are on the menu. 

24. AL's Place

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1499 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 416-6136
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Aaron London’s exuberant Mission District restaurant is the place to be for vegetable-focused fare with well-cooked meat and fish as accompaniments. AL’s quickly shot to prominence upon opening in 2015 with accolades including a Michelin star, but here, the atmosphere is far from stereotypical fine dining: The music bumps while customers dig into produce from Blue Dane Garden in Grass Valley, including a must-order dish simply called “baby lettuces:” They’re served atop herbed avocado with pistachio crumble and devoured by hand. The restaurant tried and backtracked on takeout, and is now only doing sit-down dining.

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25. Tacos El Patron - SF

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1500 S Van Ness Ave #100
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 829-7315

San Francisco’s most popular quesabirria spot is still slinging its cheese-laden birria tacos and other offerings. Wash down each bite of your birria taco with a sip of the rich, flavorful consomé that comes on the side. Meanwhile, the non-quesabirria tacos, all served on handmade tortillas, are also well worth your time.

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1. Zeitgeist

199 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

San Francisco’s best-known beer garden is an eternal hangout where bike messengers, punks, tourists, and techies alike are all treated to the same excellent backyard patio and similarly gruff service. Zeitgeist stakes its reputation on “warm beer, cold women” — that’s the motto — but drinkers will actually find the beer cold and plentiful: 64 taps of it with one of the city’s strongest selections. It was also one of the first bars in the city to fully adapt its patio for the COVID era, with big glass partitions to divide the picnic tables into individual “booths.” For food, there is a grilled cheese sandwich and a selection of burgers that come in handy.

199 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94103

2. Rintaro

82 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Drawing on chef Sylvan Mishima Brackett’s early days as a bona fide bento box artiste, the Mission District izakaya has some of the most aesthetically pleasing takeout offerings of the COVID-19 crisis, with a daily selection of bentos that run the gamut from yakitori and udon to katsu curry. Order online, or call the restaurant’s dedicated bento hotline (415-517-8539) to assure that your bento is cooked hot to order. Pickup slots go from 5:30 to 8 p.m. daily.

82 14th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

3. Poc-Chuc

2886 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103
Caleb Pershan

Poc-Chuc advertises its cuisine as Mayan, and serves a mix of pre-Hispanic and Mexican food in a cozy, family-run setting. Yucatecan pibil (citrus and achiote-marinated chicken or pork) is excellent, and the namesake poc-chuc — grilled citrus marinated pork— is a must-order for pork fans. But above all, come for the mole, perhaps the city’s finest: the chimole de pavo, or turkey, is more of a soup, and the pollo en mole comes in more of a sauce.

2886 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

4. Pakwan Restaurant - Mission District

3182 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

SF’s king of no-nonsense late-night Pakistani, with a few locations across the city, serves better-than-solid versions of standards like saag paneer and chicken tikka masala. The lamb biriyani is pure, fat-glistened comfort, and the garlic naan might be the most satisfying version in the city. 

3182 16th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

5. The Morris

2501 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Read Review |

The Morris is a neighborhood restaurant in a quieter and more residential corner of the Mission, worth the walk for its whole-animal program, array of charcuterie, and an impressive wine list. The star dish is the duck, a big platter featuring half a smoked duck, with fingerlings and seasonal vegetables, and an espresso and honey jus drizzled over the top. Owner Paul Einbund is a sommelier, and he stocks hundreds of interesting bottles to choose from.

2501 Mariposa St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Bi-Rite Creamery

3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Bi-Rite Creamery

An extension of high-end Bi-Rite Market across the street, Bi-Rite Creamery could be San Francisco’s best-known ice cream destination, with scoops of signature salted caramel inevitably generating lines down the block — particularly when sunny days draw crowds to Dolores Park. Pastry chef/partner Kris Hoogerhyde uses dairy from Straus Family Creamery for favorite flavors like ricanelas and roasted banana, plus seasonally changing newcomers.

3692 18th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Tartine Bakery

600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The original bakery from partners Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt (est. 2002) is still at the heart of their growing food empire, even as the founders have fought against their employees’ unionization efforts. Robertson’s sourdough and Prueitt’s pastries — preposterously large and delicious croissants, vibrant morning buns, and delicate teacakes — still draw lines.

600 Guerrero St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. WesBurger n' More

2240 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Wesburger’s smash burger Wes Rowe

San Franciscans continue to be obsessed with smashburgers, and if you want to skip the fast food chains, the best local version can be found at Wesburger. It’s a wild retro-inspired space, with a drive-in awning and a 70’s faux rock wall, lined with booths and stools. And the burgers are freshly ground, smashed to within an inch of their life, griddled until crispy, and slid onto a pillowy potato bun.

2240 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

9. Lazy Bear

3416 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

An underground dinner party pop-up turned permanent (two-Michelin-star) restaurant, Lazy Bear typically leaves diners/guests raving about the talents of host/chef David Barzelay. Prior to the pandemic, each group would start by mingling upstairs over snacks like crispy, tempura-battered maitake mushrooms, then descend to large communal tables downstairs for a full tasting menu. During the pandemic, the team got playful with a “Lazy Bear Camp Commissary,” takeout menu, but now with reopening, it’s swinging back to the full experience with seated dinners.

3416 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

10. Little Baobab SF

3388 19th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Little Baobab has taken over for larger next door sibling Bissap Baobab, which closed after 20 years . The rollicking dance parties with cocktails and African music obviously aren’t happening right now, but owner and beloved local figure Marco Senghor has continued to serve Senegalese food for takeout: dibi wraps, “Afro tacos,” yassa (onion and mustard sauce) with chicken or black eyed pea beignets, and a selection of energy-boosting juices.

3388 19th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

11. Farmhouse Kitchen Thai Cuisine

710 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Farmhouse Thai Restaurant is a growing phenomenon (now with Oakland and Portland locations, too) for its spicy food and over-the-top, Instagram-friendly atmosphere (see the Thai iced tea with a big ice ball decoration). Popular dishes include hat yai fried chicken (with roti bread, yellow curry to dip, and blue rice), and “Mieng Kum Kung,” crispy tiger prawns. During the pandemic, the restaurant has been cranking out some of the most photogenic Thai takeout in the Bay Area, including a stunning “Little Lao” set. 

710 Florida St
San Francisco, CA 94110

12. Trick Dog

3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Quik Dog

Clever cocktail menu themes that change every six months keep crowds coming back to Trick Dog: Recently, Dr. Seuss books, the Whole Earth Catalog, and a tattoo flash sheet have provided inspiration. Owners Josh Harris and Morgan Schick always have something up their sleeves, and are known for strange ingredients — Ritz crackers have made an appearance in drinks — but deliciousness is typically the guiding principle. During the pandemic, the theme flipped to “Quik Dog,” selling hot dogs and cocktails out to the sidewalk.

3010 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

13. Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Still a hot reservation after a decade in the Mission, Flour + Water is peak Cal-Italian with an emphasis on creative, seasonal pastas. Chef Thomas McNaughton is known in particular for the restaurant’s six-course pasta tasting menu. During the pandemic, the restaurant started selling a selection of pastas and antipasti for takeout, and it’s now open for outdoor dining on its quiet tree-lined street.

2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

14. Loló

974 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
tacos at Loló Loló

Jalisco-inspired Loló perfectly combines a bohemian atmosphere and clever tacos (the tropical, with panko and spice-dusted shrimp is eternally popular), killer queso fundido, and more dishes from chef/owner Jorge Martínez. The restaurant’s usual sleek small plates are available for outdoor dining, and the takeout offerings are a little more portable — think burritos stuffed with birria or cochinita pibil. It’s also selling cocktails, michelada kits, and meal kits for, say, making your own carnitas at home.

974 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

15. Señor Sisig - Restaurant

990 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
The Sisig Crunchwrap at Señor Sisig, with cheese dip on the side Patricia Chang

The wildly popular Filipino-American food truck found a permanent home on Valencia in 2019. High-school buddies Evan Kidera and Gil Payumo were some of the first in the Bay Area to roll Filipino-style burritos and tacos, stuffed with pork-shoulder sisig, although these days, they’re into vegan proteins, too. The crunchwrap alone has its own fan following, griddled until golden, and served with a side of spicy nacho cheese for dunking.

990 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

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16. Foreign Cinema

2534 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Foreign Cinema Foreign Cinema

John Clark and Gayle Pirie’s landmark Mission restaurant, which is still enchanting after more than two decades, continues to delight diners with oysters, pâtés, and Madras curry sesame fried chicken while projected films light up the striking patio. Brunch is a particular favorite for for dishes like Champagne omelets and house-made pop tarts. The restaurant is currently open for outdoor dining only.

2534 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

17. La Palma Mexicatessen

2884 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

It wouldn’t be the Mission with La Palma Mexicatessen, opened in 1953. It’s part market, part restaurant counter, with fresh masa for incredible tortillas and lots of delicious foods to eat with them, including carnitas, chile verde, and locally famous chicharrones. It’s only open for takeout for limited hours — 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day except Tuesdays.

2884 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

18. St. Francis Fountain

2801 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
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San Francisco’s oldest ice cream parlor (est. 1918) serves classic sundaes and the best shakes in the city (made with Mitchell’s ice cream), diner food like patty melts, and breakfast specials in a throwback soda fountain atmosphere that’s delightfully frozen in time. Current hours are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekends), so dinner is out, but stop by for a lazy breakfast or lunch and linger over a taste of vintage San Francisco.

2801 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

19. La Torta Gorda

2833 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Caleb Pershan

La Torta Gorda is a small, casual restaurant and little back patio where gigantic tortas are king. Owner Armando Macuil channels flavors from his native Puebla, with popular orders including the pierna enchilada (pulled pork with refried beans, avocado, queso fresco, onions mayo and jajalapenos or chipotles) and the pambazos, whose telera roll is simmered in adobo sauce with potatoes, chorizo, lettuce, sour cream, and queso fresco.

2833 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

20. Taquería El Farolito

2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Taqueria El Farolito serves the platonic ideal of a Mission-style super burrito  — the Michelangelo’s David of burritos, if you will. The thing is $8.75 and it’s gigantic, a lightly toasted tortilla stuffed with the customer’s choice of meat (carne asada or al pastor are outstanding), plus beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and avocado, and lots of well-seasoned rice to mop it all up. It’s even better as a late-night stop.

2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

21. La Santaneca De La Mission

2815 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Popular pupuseria La Santaneca serves delicious Salvadorean and Mexican food with prices from a simpler time (also of note: it’s cash only). Specialties here, beyond mouth-watering revueltas and queso con loroco pupusas, include good sopas and delicious platanos.

2815 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

22. La Taqueria

2889 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The Mission’s ur-taqueria, appropriately and simply named, serves the city’s most famous tacos and burritos, but in a style all their own. Miguel Jara opened the restaurant with his parents in 1972, creating what’s now a James Beard “American Classic.” Tacos are hefty, and super burritos are packed with quality meat — carne asada might be the best — but no rice (it only takes up space, says Jara). That means they’re extra juicy, and best when ordered dorado style for a crispy exterior. Lines can be long, prices have crept up to reflect the cost of ingredients, and hours are relatively tight. Who cares: It’s La Taq.

2889 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

23. Reem's California Mission

2901 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The new Mission location of chef Reem Assil’s neighborhood Arab bakery only opened a few days before the shelter in place went into effect, and it lost its oven to a fire, but the new oven is in, and the daily bread is back. Many of the restaurant’s greatest hits — its assorted dips and topped mana’eesh (flatbreads), plus a variety of sandwiches served on toasted sesame bread — are on the menu. 

2901 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

24. AL's Place

1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
AL’s Place

Aaron London’s exuberant Mission District restaurant is the place to be for vegetable-focused fare with well-cooked meat and fish as accompaniments. AL’s quickly shot to prominence upon opening in 2015 with accolades including a Michelin star, but here, the atmosphere is far from stereotypical fine dining: The music bumps while customers dig into produce from Blue Dane Garden in Grass Valley, including a must-order dish simply called “baby lettuces:” They’re served atop herbed avocado with pistachio crumble and devoured by hand. The restaurant tried and backtracked on takeout, and is now only doing sit-down dining.

1499 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

25. Tacos El Patron - SF

1500 S Van Ness Ave #100, San Francisco, CA 94110

San Francisco’s most popular quesabirria spot is still slinging its cheese-laden birria tacos and other offerings. Wash down each bite of your birria taco with a sip of the rich, flavorful consomé that comes on the side. Meanwhile, the non-quesabirria tacos, all served on handmade tortillas, are also well worth your time.

1500 S Van Ness Ave #100
San Francisco, CA 94110

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