Favorite San Francisco Restaurants and Bars from Coyote and Oak's Winter Edition
San Francisco, CA | Coyote + Oak Feature
January 24, 2019
I recently had the wonderful opportunity of photographing my five favorite places to eat + drink in San Francisco for a Central Coast publication called Coyote + Oak (check them out here). Alexandra Wallace, the editor + founder, has curated this perfectly, sweet magazine out of San Luis Obispo that features a collaboration Central Coast artisans + businesses who are dedicated to pushing the creative community forward.
Inside each issue is an article title "The Five" where an artist, usually a photographer, picks out their five favorite places in X city + I was lucky enough to be asked to contribute this article to Issue XII! Even though I am a San Francisco based photographer, my roots (and my clients) pull me back to San Luis Obispo over + over again—it feels like half of my clients are there + I adore visiting that perfect coastal town more + more with each visit— so it was such a special honor to be a part of this seasons edition.
However, since I am local to the Bay I was able to contribute more of an insider's look to the yummy places to eat + drink. I wanted to incorporate some popular, trendy options that are fan favorites but balance them with some off-the-beaten-path dives, all while keeping taste the priority. I am a foodie by nature after all. Scroll on through to see my five favorites, as well as the rest of the photos from each location that didn't make the publication + a bonus coffee shop. (If you're ever in the area + need even more recommendations, hit me up because I have a list a mile long of incredible places)
This award-winning Bakery is not something to miss if you’re visiting San Francisco. You will most likely have to stand in a line out the door, but trust me when I say it’s worth every second. The shimmering, sugar covered morning buns and the buttery croissants will have you coming back for more, while their bread will make you a fan for life. Each loaf is perfectly soft on the inside with just the right amount of crisp to the outside and is easily the best bread you can find anywhere in the States.
So if you know me or have read my bio, you know that I don't drink coffee. It's not a health thing, it's not a sobby thing, it's a taste bud thing and I'm not going to lie: most days I'm disappointed that my tongue rejects the flavor. So why then am I featuring a coffee shop? Well for starters, I live in coffee shops for my job because you all love coffee. BUT—the Mill's slogan is "We baked some bread and brewed some coffee for you." BREAD. Y'all the toast is enough of a reason to go here! It's yummy, freshly baked and so soft (they even have incredible gluten free options). Not to mention the space is gorgeous and I hear the coffee is pretty incredible too! Grab a latte and a piece of toast and stay awhile, you won't be disappointed.
This food-loving, Greek girl was already obsessed with Souvla, a fast-casual Greek restaurant, but then I found out Michelle Obama described it as "phenomenal” after having it brought to her and Barack on a flight back to D.C.—so obviously I became even more obsessed. From the golden crisp of their Greek Fries, to the juicy rotisserie roasted meats, and their creamy, tart Frozen Greek Yogurt, I genuinely believe they can do no wrong! Next time you’re near Souvla, be sure to pop in for the Chicken Salad topped with mandarines, pea shoots and mizithra cheese and don’t you dare leave without getting a Baklava and Honey Syrup topped Frozen Greek Yogurt.
Coin Op is hands down my favorite place to grab drinks in San Francisco. Not only do they have delicious cocktails but it’s a gorgeously curated arcade, filled with all the best games from your childhood arcade memories. Multiple vintage pinball machines, Donkey Kong, Tron, Street Fighter II... name your childhood favorite because they have it. There is actually nothing better at the end of a long day than crushing Ms. Pacman with my favorite cocktail, the Princess Peach—which is deliciously boozy and topped with peach rings.
The Riddler is the cutest French inspired champagne bar you’ll ever see. Located over in Hayes Valley, it’s the perfect spot for a celebratory glass, or bottle, of champagne with friends. While I do have a few favorites on their menu, like their sparkling rose wines, my best tip is to ask the waiter for their recommendations. They are SO well-versed in their bubbly selections and have never led me astray. Also, be sure to head over to the popcorn bar while you’re there!
If you’re a lover of delicious Italian food and in need of a date night spot in SF, Trattoria Contadina is the place to be. I’m almost embarrassed to say how often my husband and I frequent this tiny, family-run restaurant. We just can’t stay away from their fresh bruschetta, one of their most popular pastas called the Carlesimo, and the seasonal risotto special (which is always a new combination of flavors and always mouthwatering)!