Chef Michael Mina's 5-star San Francisco day
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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