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Heatmap: Where to Eat Tomatoes Right Now in S.F.

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Tomato season is just beginning around Northern California, and while our compatriots to the south are seeing a bevy of tomato dishes popping onto menus, they're still a little hard to find around SF. Right now, it's mostly about cherry tomatoes, as chefs are still wary of the quality of early-ripening heirlooms, though the hot spring means there are already some beautiful ones out there. From SPQR's beer-washed cheese course with quick-fried cherry tomatoes to Flour + Water's tortellini in tomato-water "brodo," here are 12 places to sample the essential flavor of summer.


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1. Garibaldi's on Presidio

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347 Presidio Ave
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 563-8841
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Through the winter and spring, Garibaldi's has been making their burrata Caprese salad with beets, but they've officially switched to heirloom tomatoes for this signature Italian starter, topped with balsamic. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

2. SPQR

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1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 771-7779
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This cheese course, featuring 'Holy Moly' beer-washed cheese, beer gelatina, and tomato-molasses syrup is garnished with cherry tomatoes that have been flash-fried and their skins pulled back. [Photo: Matt Accarrino]

3. State Bird Provisions

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1529 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 795-1272
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A recently featured dish at State Bird Provisions is this smoked salmon with white corn and cherry tomatoes. [Photo: Foodspotting]

4. Frances

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3870 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
Ripe cherry tomatoes are a main feature of this early summer calamari salad at chef Melissa Perello's popular restaurant. Also included are summer squash and green garbanzos. [Photo: Jay Barmann]

5. Flour + Water

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2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7000
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Chef Thomas McNaughton created this dish in an effort to use all the tomato scraps from the restaurant, making a tomato water "brodo" for some ricotta tortellini, garnished with cherry tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, and miner's lettuce. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

6. Central Kitchen

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3000 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 826-7004
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Chef de cuisine Ryan Pollnow created this dish using black fregola pasta, colored with squid ink to look like peppercorns, served under cherry tomatoes and seared squid. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

7. Tacolicious

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741 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 626-1344
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Tacolicious has dived right into summer with this salad of heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, Persian cucumber, queso fresco, and tamarindo vinaigrette.

8. Sauce

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56 Belden Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94104
(415) 397-8800
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White corn and heirlooms are already hitting the menu in this salad at Sauce. [Photo: Foodspotting]

9. Cotogna

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490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 775-8508
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This pizza is topped with both cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms. [Photo: Happelsauce/Foodspotting]

10. Bluestem Brasserie

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1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 547-1111
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Bluestem is mixing up the classic Southern staple of fried green tomatoes with the classic Caprese salad in this first course. [Photo: Arleann/Foodspotting]

11. Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go

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384 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 626-1211
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A fresh tomato salsa tops this lamb burger, which also comes with fries and yogurt sauce. [Photo: Ingrid/Foodspotting]

12. Scala's Bistro

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432 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
New Scala's Bistro chef Larry Finn is now serving this open-faced heirloom tomato BLT at the Union Square restaurant. [Photo: Casey Barks]

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1. Garibaldi's on Presidio

347 Presidio Ave, San Francisco, CA 94115
Through the winter and spring, Garibaldi's has been making their burrata Caprese salad with beets, but they've officially switched to heirloom tomatoes for this signature Italian starter, topped with balsamic. [Photo: Patricia Chang]
347 Presidio Ave
San Francisco, CA 94115

2. SPQR

1911 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
This cheese course, featuring 'Holy Moly' beer-washed cheese, beer gelatina, and tomato-molasses syrup is garnished with cherry tomatoes that have been flash-fried and their skins pulled back. [Photo: Matt Accarrino]
1911 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

3. State Bird Provisions

1529 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
A recently featured dish at State Bird Provisions is this smoked salmon with white corn and cherry tomatoes. [Photo: Foodspotting]
1529 Fillmore St
San Francisco, CA 94115

4. Frances

3870 17th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
Ripe cherry tomatoes are a main feature of this early summer calamari salad at chef Melissa Perello's popular restaurant. Also included are summer squash and green garbanzos. [Photo: Jay Barmann]
3870 17th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

5. Flour + Water

2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Chef Thomas McNaughton created this dish in an effort to use all the tomato scraps from the restaurant, making a tomato water "brodo" for some ricotta tortellini, garnished with cherry tomatoes, Parmigiano Reggiano, and miner's lettuce. [Photo: Patricia Chang]
2401 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Central Kitchen

3000 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Chef de cuisine Ryan Pollnow created this dish using black fregola pasta, colored with squid ink to look like peppercorns, served under cherry tomatoes and seared squid. [Photo: Patricia Chang]
3000 20th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Tacolicious

741 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110
Tacolicious has dived right into summer with this salad of heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, Persian cucumber, queso fresco, and tamarindo vinaigrette.
741 Valencia St
San Francisco, CA 94110

8. Sauce

56 Belden Pl., San Francisco, CA 94104
White corn and heirlooms are already hitting the menu in this salad at Sauce. [Photo: Foodspotting]
56 Belden Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94104

9. Cotogna

490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
This pizza is topped with both cherry tomatoes and squash blossoms. [Photo: Happelsauce/Foodspotting]
490 Pacific Ave
San Francisco, CA 94133

10. Bluestem Brasserie

1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103
Bluestem is mixing up the classic Southern staple of fried green tomatoes with the classic Caprese salad in this first course. [Photo: Arleann/Foodspotting]
1 Yerba Buena Ln
San Francisco, CA 94103

11. Arlequin Cafe & Food To Go

384 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
A fresh tomato salsa tops this lamb burger, which also comes with fries and yogurt sauce. [Photo: Ingrid/Foodspotting]
384 Hayes St
San Francisco, CA 94102

12. Scala's Bistro

432 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
New Scala's Bistro chef Larry Finn is now serving this open-faced heirloom tomato BLT at the Union Square restaurant. [Photo: Casey Barks]
432 Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

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