EAt | san francisco
While I've been living near the City by the Bay, I've discovered a plethora of delightful eateries that I'm excited to share with you all. These places are oh-so-tasty, and I am looking forward to frequenting them as much as I can. I know you'll love them, too!
Nestled in the heart of the Mission District, I introduce you to this allergen-friendly bakery. Wholesome Bakery knows exactly how to craft the most delicious, vibrant treats, and I cannot recommend their goodies enough. The baker's favorites are the chocolate peanut butter bar and the dulce de leche cupcake, and MY favorite was the blueberry almond loaf. So freaking flawless. Check here for locations (I went to their adorable shop in the Mission -- I certainly suggest checking it out).
Oh Dandelion Chocolate, you get me. As I entered their Valencia Street location, and I immediately felt like I was being welcomed into a cozy, warm blanket of chocolate, fair-trade happiness, and love. This bean-to-bar factory (and cafe) is passionate about bringing sustainable, ethically-sourced and produced chocolate to the hands of San Franciscans and chocolate lovers alike.
They also have a Ferry Building shop, but their main location in the Mission looks like this: factory in the back -- HUGE bags of chocolate and cacao butter, chocolate-making machines and tools, brick walls, high-beamed wood ceilings, and adorable coffee shop in the front -- long wooden tables (and some outdoor seating), dim lights, people reading books and working on their computers, tons of chocolate samples on the wall, and a bar where you order your food and drink.
All of their decadent, beautifully constructed pastries do contain some form of dairy (so, please enjoy if you're good to go with dairy!), except for their dark chocolate bars, which have impressively simple ingredients. I enjoyed many chocolate samples, as well as a glass of their chocolate horchata (chocolate rice milk), which is made with cinnamon, almonds, hazelnuts, and cacao nibs. So refreshing on a hot, sunny spring day!
Dandelion Chocolate also offers chocolate factory tours, chocolate classes/tastings, and trips to cacao farms.
The name of this restaurant is perfect in that this place is truly a special, precious eatery. The vibe in the Hayes Valley space is casual and hip, and the menu spills over with modern, healthy American fare. They serve lunch and dinner, and you can go for BRUNCH on weekends, 9AM to 2PM!
For a late lunch on a sunny Saturday afternoon, I enjoyed their avocado toast (sourdough bread) topped with two poached eggs, chives, and a Meyer lemon-sesame garnish.
I'm in love with Blue Barn's salads. They're HUGE.
This place reminds me of sweetgreen because of their infinite array of delicious toppings that you can add to your greens or grains bowl, but it has a much more authentic, cozy, and warm vibe. Think wooden tables, glasses of water in mason jars, kombucha in the fridge, and friendly waitstaff. You order at the counter, sit wherever you'd like, and dine to your heart's content. I've only been to the one on Chestnut Street, which is kind of small (and sometimes hard to grab a table at), but the scrumptious food is worth it.
This is the cutest coffee shop I've ever been to, holy shit.
Bright sunshine streams in through the large, tall window panes, there are plants everywhere, and the cozy, minimalist booths & wooden tables invite you to sit down and curl up with coffee and a book. I'll bet you 10 bucks that the chocolate fudge cake in the pastry section will grab a hold of you, too.
I enjoyed the vanilla cold brew with almond milk, which was the smoothest, richest cold brew I've ever tried. If you're staying to enjoy the space, tell them it's for "here" because they'll serve it to you in a FREAKING MASON JAR MUG.
Sightglass has multiple locations -- I went to the one in the Mission, and I've heard that their 7th street flagship space in SOMA is even better. That's where their coffee production roastery is housed.
I really loved the vibe of this place. Black and white tiled floors, chandeliers, and a line out the door (which you can beat if you get there before the afternoon lunch craze). I enjoyed the almond butter and jelly toast. However, here's my one piece of advice: get it with real bread, such as their sourdough, not the nut-based gluten-free bread that it comes with. That stuff tasted like bird seeds, and it's not great.
My friend Ayo got the loaded avocado + poached egg sourdough toast!
Boy oh boy am I smitten with this place! As we all know by now, I am allergic to all of the dairies, but I had the most spectacular non-milk-based churned-to-order chocolate fudge pop from Smitten. It was creamy and FUDGDE-Y AF...my favorite consistency of any dessert. If you can hang out with milk no problem, all of their liquid-nitrogen (-321 degrees) ice-cream flavors (that are super fun-sounding & constantly changing) look delicious, too. Some include: Sonoma Rosé, Earl Grey w/ Milk Chocolate Chips, TCHO 60.5% Chocolate (local chocolate company), Brown Sugar w/ Cinnamon Shortbread, and Cookie Dough w/ Pretzels & Chocolate Chips.
PS: What is liquid-nitrogen, you ask? It's only the MOST Bay Area trend I've ever encountered. Check it out here!
The Plant Café Organic
Ohhh do I love this place! I went with my foodie friend in the Bay Area, Michelle (@healthfulbites). The meal was delicious, but I'd say the company was even better. I enjoyed an almond butter-y smoothie + avocado toast on sourdough + iced pineapple kombucha. The whole menu is absolutely fantastic!!