London hound here who has just done a week in your lovely city.
It's my third time here and have mixed feelings about the food scene - some lovely meals and some disappointing ones. I tried to go for things you don't really get in London so my selections might not be perfect (last year I did Burma Superstar / Z&Y / Mission Chinese / Zuni / Super Duper Burger - mostly so so bar Z&Y which I really enjoyed) I've also tried three times for State Bird with no joy... There's always next year.
First night here and we had ceviche (pretty good and fresh, but lacking nuance) empanadas (tasty if unspectacular) Fish tacos (reasonable, but deeply unexciting) carnitas (bit dull)
Overall 6/10 and a bit disappointing
Had the St Louis Eggs (crab benedict) which I enjoyed and is a generous serving. Wasn't expecting the world and limp salad aside was a good breakfast. Revisited another time and had South of the Border which was a rather average breakfast burrito type thing.
7/10 - solid breakfast joint
Madras scented chicken (all crust and no detail) Carpaccio (tasteless and served with crinkle cut potato chips which might be trying to be ironic, but came off badly) salt cod (bland) and rillettes (poor texture and taste)
Overall 5/10 - not a great meal, but the room and company was fun.
Local to where I was staying. Hawaiian roll (wasn't for me) Tuna sashimi (huge, but tasteless) hamachi (average) unagi (great and generous - by far my favourite) some kind of baked mussel dish (a bit cloying)
6/10 - acceptable sushi
His famous margherita (pretty stunned it won awards - it didn't match up to my trips to Naples / a fair few London places) and a NJ tomato pie (interesting for a change, but think I'll be keeping my pizzas italian)
Mission Beach Cafe
Egg and bacon sandwich. Garlicky, yolky pig in a sandwich. Good hangover fuel.
7/10 - decent breakfast - queues looked outrageous on a Saturday.
Pretty average Korean fusion food. The Korean tacos didn't work. The fish set was so so. Think I'd rather have tried somewhere more traditional.
A great ham and cheese croissant, but not life changing.
Carnitas and cabezas. Two solid tacos - nothing to blow my socks off.
El Gallo Grillo
My highlight by far. Fantastic crisp carnitas, succulent lengua, rich al pastor. A vast torta of pork. Great truck.
9/10 (nearly a 10 - London is terrible for Mexican)
So overall in comparison to London I think SF is a bit of a mixed bag. Lots of good fresh food, but few spectacular highlights. I'm over again in June let me know where I've missed out!