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Eating in SF: An Insider’s Guide

By Zaina Shaikh

Photos by author

You know what are the best places to eat in San Francisco? I’m not going to talk about touristy places that you’ve already heard of or a restaurant that’s not worth your money. I have a few favorite places but don’t worry there are some variety!

 Curry Leaf

943 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Curry Leaf is for people that can handle some spiciness to their food. This is the best Indian restaurant I’ve ever eaten at, considering I am Indian, so you know I’m talking. I usually like to get plain rice, tikka masala, garlic naan, and something to drink, such as a mango lassi. Keep in mind, this place is a little pricey, but it’s so worth it, because they make the Indian food so authentic, like you’re actually eating this in India!

Oasis Grill

91 Drumm St, San Francisco, CA 94111

This place my go-to place whenever I’m hungry. Oasis Grill is a chain Mediterranean restaurant that’s on the affordable side. Even though there are a few Oasis Grills around the city, this particular one is my favorite, because it’s never busy, and they just have a better taste than the other ones I’ve tried. You can get a chicken shawarma for $10 which is huge!

Bang San Thai

791 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94109

I’m not really a huge fan of thai food but I really like it from this place. It’s pretty affordable, and they’re never too busy. The servings are pretty big for one person. If I’m feeling risky I order the hot and sour soup which is really flavorful but mostly I get the beef platter (picture on the left) and the stir fried noodles (on the right).

El Rincón Yucateco

491 O’Farrell St, San Francisco, CA 94102.

They have the best Empanadas. It’s cheap too. They are also vegetarian- friendly so if you tell them to put no meat in a dish that has meat, they’re more than happy to take it out. The best part, is that they make their own tortillas!



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