San Francisco Bay Area

Find the best restaurants, bars, coffee shops, ice cream, and more in San Francisco and its suburbs. We also have tags for many of the individual cities in the region, which you can browse here.

The Regional Convenience Stores (Besides Wawa) We Wish Were Everywhere

Whether it’s a 7-Eleven, a Wawa, or a local gas station mini-mart, there’s a nostalgic joy that accompanies popping into a convenient store at any time for a cup of coffee, newspaper, or to satisfy...

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Ashland Cherryland FamFest, Sat June 8

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 11 days ago

"Join us for a fun-packed community festival with exciting activities, cool music and delicious food that you just can’t miss. Come hang out with us and represent the communities of Ashland and Che...

Looking for recipe for Chinese garlic fried chicken

by marksh650 14 days ago

Does anyone have a recipe for Chinese Garlic Fried Chicken. Dave Wong's (Stoickton, CA) has the most best garlic fried chicken that I have ever had. Growing up around Stockton, it was a popular dis...

Anybody tried Far East Cafe in Chinatown?

by Ray 15 years ago

Somebody who talked to somebody who talked to somebody said the Far East Cafe in Chinatown was pretty good. Any recommendations or otherwise out in chowland?

Ballast Coffee | West Portal - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 21 days ago

In need of a place to meet in the neighborhood, a couple friends and I picked Ballast Coffee to try. It's a modern cafe with some outdoor seating. Ballast roasts its own beans and has a special bea...

Grocery Outlet - May 2019

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 28 days ago

Placerville Grocery Outlet: Bob's Red Mill Organic Quick Cook Oats, $4.99 Howe's Bratwurst, imported from Germany, $2.99/12 oz Daphne's Fresh Chevre, $2.99, 4 oz Green Valley lactose-free org...

A Tasty Talk with Zingerman's Ari Weinzweig, June 3, San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 16 days ago

From San Francisco's The Cheese School: "Thirty years ago Zingerman's Deli started as a neighborhood deli, today it's a family of nine businesses with over 500 employees. Join us for a talk wit...

Alphonso mango PSA

by cavorting 18 days ago

Just to say I got a box of Alphonso mangos at Vik's Chaat for $34. 10-14 mangos, 3-3.5 kg. Waiting for them to ripen! They didn't have kesars despite having prices on the board.

San Francisco Visit 9 years later

by lcasarin 20 days ago

Hi! it is a strange a different website from what I remembered but I started a thread 9 years ago: https://www.chowhound.com/post/visit-sf-budget-729605 And received incredible suggestions which ...

4 dinners in San Francisco

by StevenCinNYC 23 days ago

Hi. I haven't spent much time in SF in the past couple years, but I'm coming back for an extended weekend in June and wanted advice for 4 dinners and maybe a couple lunches. We're staying on points...

Beijing Resturant (the Alemany location) - what is recommended? [San Francisco]

by jupiter 6 years ago

Hi. My husband has decided that we should go out for valentines day dinner (something we never ever do) and that we should bring the family with us, and he has requested that we go to Beijing Re...

Village House | Outer Richmond - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 20 days ago

A few months ago I had a chance to drop in for a solo lunch at the successor to Jook Time. The small dining area had been refitted to accommodate a few more seats. The "beef tendon soup with ha...

General Tso Kitchen | Inner Richmond - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Last month I had lunch at General Tso Kitchen a couple times. The current owner, Ms. Cao, is from Chongqing and assumed this venue a little over a year ago. Her first chef had worked with her in Ch...

San Francisco options

by Chadsie 2 months ago

So finally have french laundry confirmed. So have a short list of: - Californios http://www.californiossf.com/ - Mourad http://mouradsf.com/ - Al's Place https://www.alsplacesf.com/ - Lazy Bea...

Pelmenitsa (pelmeni maker/mold) in SF bay area?

by hannahmae 23 days ago

I'm in the market for a pelmenitsa (as below) - anyone know of a store in the bay that carries em? I want to support local stores while they still exist. I've tried Europa Express in SF out by O...

Neapolitan Pizza @ Mangia La Pizza in Morgan Hill?

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 9 years ago

Wondering if anyone can report on the Neapolitan style pizzas at Mangia La Pizza. It's related to Maurizio's and has a photo gallery on its website showing the wood-burning oven installation. htt...

SF - LA US 1

by IronStomach 2 years ago

I know there is a big landslide in Monterey, but still, I have already booked everything for a late September, early October road trip SF ---> LA along US 1. Looking for recommendations of "not-to...

Real Good Fish Community Supported Fishery (CSF)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Nearly five years ago, I signed up for Local Catch Monterey Bay, the original name for the community supported fishery now called Real Good Fish. Since that time, it has expanded from the Central C...

Halal Indian Cuisine (San Rafael)

by Malcolm Ruthven 5 months ago

Halal Indian Cuisine opened recently in San Rafael, out on the extension of 3rd and 4th streets, in the location of the prior barbecue place Best Lil Porkhouse. I stopped there for lunch today and ...

Shimizu Baumkuchen

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 27 days ago

A few months ago I purchased this package of Shimizu caramel flavored baumkuchen at Marina Foods in San Mateo. It's in the refrigerated section. Shared it with friends for a late night sweet and we...