100 Best City Restaurants

Steve Kepple

San Francisco: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

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When Charles Phan (of Slanted Door fame) opened a branch of his delicious
neo-diner, Out the Door, in the Fillmore neighborhood, residents—and visiting
shoppers—rejoiced. On the cross-cultural breakfast menu at OTD Bush
Street
(breakfast for two $28):
beef pho, slow-poached Hill Farms eggs over Niman Ranch brisket, and
those now-legendary Hong Kong–style coconut-jam buns. Might you be one of those
people who crave a mid-morning foie gras fix? Head to Naked Lunch (sandwiches for two $30), an extraordinary
North Beach sandwich counter that serves up duck liver inside a crusty Acme
baguette alongside prosciutto and an umami accent of truffle salt. At lunchtime
step into the salsa-intensive universe of Nopalito (lunch for two $50), where the owners fuse sustainable
NoCal ingredients with authentic Mexican flavors. A quesadilla here means
house-ground organic masa tortillas folded around asparagus, maitake mushrooms,
and queso fresco. On your stroll through the Mission District, your
toughest decision will be your ice cream pit stop. Should it be one of the
dozen daily off-the-wall ice cream flavors (Thai chili lime; McEvoy olive oil)
at the cutting-edge Humphry Slocombe (ice cream for two $6.50), also known for its wicked lard
caramels? Or a wholesome scoop of dairy-farm goodness at http://www.travelandleisure.com/act

100 Best City Restaurants

San Francisco: Breakfast, Snacks, and Lunch

When Charles Phan (of Slanted Door fame) opened a branch of his delicious
neo-diner, Out the Door, in the Fillmore neighborhood, residents—and visiting
shoppers—rejoiced. On the cross-cultural breakfast menu at OTD Bush
Street
(breakfast for two $28):
beef pho, slow-poached Hill Farms eggs over Niman Ranch brisket, and
those now-legendary Hong Kong–style coconut-jam buns. Might you be one of those
people who crave a mid-morning foie gras fix? Head to Naked Lunch (sandwiches for two $30), an extraordinary
North Beach sandwich counter that serves up duck liver inside a crusty Acme
baguette alongside prosciutto and an umami accent of truffle salt. At lunchtime
step into the salsa-intensive universe of Nopalito (lunch for two $50), where the owners fuse sustainable
NoCal ingredients with authentic Mexican flavors. A quesadilla here means
house-ground organic masa tortillas folded around asparagus, maitake mushrooms,
and queso fresco. On your stroll through the Mission District, your
toughest decision will be your ice cream pit stop. Should it be one of the
dozen daily off-the-wall ice cream flavors (Thai chili lime; McEvoy olive oil)
at the cutting-edge Humphry Slocombe (ice cream for two $6.50), also known for its wicked lard
caramels? Or a wholesome scoop of dairy-farm goodness at http://www.travelandleisure.com/act

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