Chef Michael Mina's 5-star San Francisco day

July 29, 2015                 1m read time
Michael Mina


Get ready to make your mouth happy. From legendary pastries to perfectly roasted chicken, acclaimed chef and ZOZI Guru Michael Mina gives us his take on a great day in the city. Not surprisingly, his itinerary includes some of the best restaurants in San Francisco.

Morning buns at legendary Tartine Bakery in San Francisco Rebeca Anchondo

Morning buns at legendary Tartine Bakery in San Francisco

Rebeca Anchondo

 

Breakfast in the Mission

I’d start the day by making a few stops in the Mission. Grab a latte from Blue Bottle in the Heath Ceramics factory and showroom, stop in Bi-Rite (I’ve got so much respect for Sam and Raph what they do there!), then one more stop at Tartine Bakery for a croissant before heading to Dolores Park to enjoy the amazing city views.   

CUESA Farmers’ Market at The Ferry Building in San Francisco Benedicto de Jesus

CUESA Farmers’ Market at The Ferry Building in San Francisco

Benedicto de Jesus

 

Stroll through the Farmers' Market

Depending on the day, a stroll through the CUESA Farmers’ Market at the Ferry Building would be next. We are incredibly lucky in the Bay Area to have access to quality ingredients from farms and purveyors like Brokaw Nursery and Devil’s Gulch Ranch. I’d stop at Roli Roti for lunch, and get a porchetta sandwich and their to-die-for potatoes roasted in pork fat.  

Fresh seafood at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco's Nob Hill Pixelboy H28

Fresh seafood at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco's Nob Hill

Pixelboy H28

 

Lunch at Swan Oyster Depot

If the farmer’s market wasn’t open, I would pop into Swan Oyster Depot in Nob Hill for a snack. The seafood is out of this world but just as important to the experience Steve is the definition of hospitality. My go to order: Dungeness Crab Louie—crab, lettuce, and dressing. When the ingredients are that good, you want to keep it simple. Want a real taste of the ocean? Steve’s got some of the best urchin in town.

Sutro Baths in San Francisco's Lands End park with the Cliff House in the background ZOZI

Sutro Baths in San Francisco's Lands End park with the Cliff House in the background

ZOZI

 

Watch the sun set at the Cliff House

I’d definitely make it a point to get out to Land’s End, it’s such a beautiful place to walk around and appreciate nature. Be sure to head down to check out Sutro Baths, the ruins of a large swimming pool complex built in the 1890s. Then I’d head to the Cliff House for a Ramos Fizz and watch the sun set.

Zuni Cafe's front window on Market Street in San Francisco Steven Damron

Zuni Cafe's front window on Market Street in San Francisco

Steven Damron

 

Dinner at Zuni Café

For dinner, there’s nothing like the roasted chicken for two with warm bread salad at Zuni Café. It’s a classic—the ultimate San Francisco meal.

 

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People toasting beers ZOZI

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Michael Mina

Born in Egypt, Michael Mina showed an unrelenting passion for cooking and entrepreneurship at a young age. One of the most decorated chefs of all time, his many accolades include 2013 James Beard Foundation “Who’s Who of Food and Beverage” inductee, Bon Appétit Chef of the Year, Food Arts Silver Spoon Award Winner, San Francisco Magazine Chef of the Year, and International Food and Beverage Forum’s Restaurateur of the Year. Michael currently owns 26 concept restaurants, including the Michelin-rated Michael Mina in San Francisco and Michael Mina Bellagio in Las Vegas.

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