Outer Richmond Restaurants –Delicious Eats Within the Fog
By bus, the Richmond District is about 40 minutes away from one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city, Pier 39. It sometimes gets overlooked, as visitors reach for lobster rolls and boat rides to Alcatraz. But on the other side of the city, is the foggy, under the radar neighborhood, overflowing with cafes, authentic Asian cuisine, an array of Russian bakeries, and oh, so much more. Starbucks has yet to pop up on every corner, as mom and pop shops still run this side of town. Topping it all off, after a slice of artisanal pizza or a creamy butter chicken, it’s all just a short(ish) walk away from Golden Gate Park, multiple beaches, the Sutro Baths, or a hike to Land’s End (for those searching for a view of Golden Gate Bridge). Read on to learn about some local favorites.
Chomp N Swig
Highlight: Born N’ Raised in Cali Sandwich
5203 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
A breakfast burrito with hash browns might not be for the health nuts, and neither is this first recommendation. Chomp N’ Swig is a homely Outer Richmond restaurant and bar (yes a bar for breakfast!) that serves all American sandwiches and fried food, as well as a variety of beers on tap. While you could really come here any time of day to chow down on some chili fries, the grilled cheese, or the Chomp dog, the breakfast burrito is worth calling out. After all, hash browns, sausage, eggs, and guacamole (or bacon gravy if you so choose) all wrapped up in a tortilla – toasted for extra crunch in a panini press, is a great way to bite into the day. Browse the menu: https://www.facebook.com/ChompNSwig/
Hong Kong Lounge
Highlights: Shrimp-Chive Dumplings
5322 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94121
Here’s another Outer Richmond restaurant recommendation for a place where lines are part of the experience. But of course, it’s totally worth it. With its shrimp and chive dumplings, sticky rice wrapped in lotus leaves, taro cakes, and pork buns, you can smell this spot a block away. Hong Kong Lounge is always bustling, and if you come for lunchtime dim-sum, you’ll most likely be seated at a large round table with strangers, as carts roll by offering you appetizers, entrées, and desserts. While you wait to be seated, you can always run across the street and grab a bubble tea at E tea SF. Note: dim-sum is only served at lunch, though you can still find many of the dim-sum items on the menu during dinner. Browse the menu: https://www.lhklounge.com
(RIP-Hong Kong Lounge 2) Until recently, Hong Kong Lounge had a sister restaurant, called Hong Kong Lounge II, which unfortunately closed down this year due to an electrical issue. However, we’ll be the first to let you know if and when it’s back up and running. In the meantime, Hong Kong Lounge I should satisfy all your deepest dim sum desires.
Highlight: Southwestern Omelette Sammie
5017 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118
Sandwiches, sandwiches, and more sandwiches. Lou’s sandwiches are all about the sandwiches – although they do serve salads and beverages too. If you’re on the hunt for a classic sandwich with plenty of toppings, this Outer Richmond restaurant is for you. Lines can get long, and tables fill up fast, but if that doesn’t intimidate you, you’ve got a whole menu of delicious options. There are Lou’s originals, or you can opt to build your own. From the Veggie-Licious to the Crab Melt, to the Hot Pastrami, there’s something for everyone. There’s even a section of breakfast sandwiches, which you can get any time of the day. Lou’s is a casual little shop tucked away on Geary Blvd that knows how to satisfy. Around 11 am on weekends, the line starts to go out the door, so come early because this is a popular Outer Richmond restaurant! Browse the menu: http://www.louscafesf.com/
Highlights: Kadhai Chicken
908 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Keeva’s is a family-owned Outer Richmond restaurant, just across from the popping Trad’r Sam’s Tiki Bar. Warm and fluffy samosas make way for rich main dishes cooked with authentic Indian spices and flavors. After one mouthful, it truly feels as though you’ve traveled far and wide to get here. If you have a high tolerance for setting your tongue on fire, one notable item is the very creamy tikka masala (though they do serve a mild version as well), or the dipping sauce that comes with the pakora appetizer. Keeva is still a bit under the radar, a place where mostly only locals wander in– so at last, here’s a tasty spot where a wait to be seated is rare! If you live in the neighborhood, it’s hard not to become a regular here. Note: closed on Mondays. Browse the menu: https://www.keevasf.com
Highlights: Rosemary Pizza
211 23rd Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
This cozy pizza place is located on a quiet, residential street in the Outer Richmond. Eat here for an intimate first date or a classy yet relaxing night out. Order some wine and enjoy artisanal pizzas with toppings such as figs, goat cheese, and sunny side up eggs. After the main course, you can indulge in Pizzetta’s ever-evolving seasonal dessert menu – from summer fruit pies to fall crumbles. Since there are only a few tables and reservations can’t be made in advance, we recommend showing up to this Outer Richmond restaurant when you’re not in too much of a rush. If you come by in the later afternoon, you can grab an early dinner before heading over to Baker’s Beach for a cloudy, yet colorful San Francisco sunset. Note: closed on Tuesdays. Browse the menu: https://pizzetta211.com
Highlight: Louis Benedict
902 Point Lobos Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
This Iconic Greek diner overlooking the historic Sutro Baths is one of a kind! Given special exception by Adolf Sutro (the original owner of the Sutro Baths), Louis and his wife were allowed to open their dinner in the 1930s right next door. Now this dinner is one of the only establishments allowed to operate in the Presidio. With diner classics like Greg’s Cheese Omelet, Louis’ Benedict and hot cakes, this spot is the perfect no-frills way to enjoy the spectacular view of the ocean and the perfect example of an iconic Outer Richmond restaurant. If you are looking for a fancy drink after brunch, check out Cliff House or Beach Chalet a short walk away. Browse the menu: http://louissf.com/index.html
Highlight: Large Combo Plater (and the Margarita Obviously)
300 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94121
This old school Mexican Outer Richmond restaurant is the quintessential hangout bar and restaurant. Founded in the ‘60s, this restaurant attracts true locals from all around the neighborhood looking for a hefty margarita and a football game. Imagine a Mexican Abuela making you a hearty lunch and a Tia Margarita. To try it all, go for the large combo platter. With this platter, you get a choice of three from these dishes: enchilada, tamale, taco, flauta or burrito. But be warned- these portions are giant so consider splitting it with a friend. No bacon brussel sprouts on this menu. Perfect for cheese lovers. Browse the menu: http://tiamargarita-sf.com
By Susannah Chovnick
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