Med student from Charleston, SC here, and I'm spending 3 days in San Francisco before a weekend some end of season turns in Tahoe. Problem is that Step 1 boards are coming up and I'm looking for 4 or 5 coffee shops to knock out some morning studying. Lived previously in Seattle for a bit and got spoiled on that scene (Vivace, Zoka, Stumptown imports). Currently love Counter Culture on the east coast and some of the Intelligentsia we get shipped in.
From some quick research, roasters I've heard are worth checking out in SF are Ritual, Blue Bottle, Four Barrell, and Verve. The cafe/coffee shop itself is also important as I need to plant roots for several hours and knock out some quality time with the review books. I would so appreciate any suggestions!
And while people are at it - any can't miss backdoor/Anthony Bourdain style breakfast, lunch, bar food, cheap eats recs would be more than welcome. I've been reading the boards, but as y'all know, the SF foodie scene is a little overwhelming.