Throw your frozen dinner packets in the compost and tuck that napkin under your chin – there’s a lot to drool over on the San Francisco food scene and the options are as varied as they are fresh and delicious. There are plenty of celebrity chefs and Michelin-starred restaurants (Michael Mina, I’m looking at you) but you don’t need to dress up, make a reservation, or spend a fortune to get good eats, either – just follow your nose to the gourmet food trucks. Whether you feel like savoring an escargot puff lollipop amuse followed by foie gras torchon and toast (Spencer on the Go’s French Take Away) or chowing down on Korean barbeque (Koja Kitchen), there’s a truck for you.
When it comes to sweets, don’t miss out on the ice cream scene. Techies will appreciate Smitten, where each order is made individually with liquid nitrogen machines, and those with a wacky palate will enjoy Humphry Slocomb, a shop with flavors like Secret Breakfast (whisky and corn flakes).
Once you’ve lined your stomach, give your liver a workout with local spirits like Dry Rye Gin from St. George Spirits in Alameda, Brown Label vermouth from Potrero Hill’s Sutton Cellars, or Mission Bay’s Distillery 209 Gin. After you’ve enjoyed a few of these potent concoctions, we recommend you go back to the food trucks for seconds. Your stomach will thank you in the morning.