San Francisco: Eat

Breakfast

Stacks

Website: Stacks

Price: $$

Location: Hayes Valley, 501 Hayes Street

Wait Times: go early, when it opens, or you'll wait

Menu: Solid American breakfast, the kids' menu is solid, particularly if you are a fan of 'Mickey Mouse" pancakes. And let it be known, this is the first place in NINE YEARS, I've had a waiter say out loud, "I really like kids", in a genuine, non creepy way.   

La Boulangerie 

Website: La Boulangerie

Price: $

Location: Hayes Valley, but they are everywhere 

Wait Times: Sometimes a line forms at it is counter service. 

Menu: Great french cafe food for a great price.  My kids love the sandwiches and pastries.  We often buy items to go as they pack well.  

Toast

Website: Toast Eatery

Price: $$

Location: Noe Valley, 3991 24th Street 

Wait Times: go early or you will wait

Menu: A solid traditional American breakfast and efficient service. 

Lunch

La Boulangerie

Website: La Boulangerie

Price: $

Location: Hayes Valley, 500 Hayes (but also Noe Valley, Cole Valley, Cow Hollow, Pine, FIDI,

Wait Times: counter service, sometimes a line but it moves quickly

Menu: Great french cafe food for a great price.  My kids love the sandwiches and pastries.  

Paxti's Pizza

Website: Paxti's Pizza

Price: $

Location: 511 Hayes 

Wait Times: none if you go early or get delivery

Menu: The crust of this deep dish pizza is dreamy AND they have lactose free cheese

El Farolito

Website: El Farolito

Price: $

Location: 2779 Mission

Wait Times: not long

Menu: Really good mission burritos.  As in classic, really good, mission burritos.  

Bi-Rite (take out)

Website: Bi-Rite 

Price: $$

Location: 550 Divisadero Street 

Wait Times: grocery store

Menu:  A gourmet grocery that sells great bread, hummus, cold cuts and fruit.  You'll be shocked what you spend but you'll be happy with the meal.   

El Matate

Website: El Matate

Price: $

Location:  2406 Bryant Street

Wait Times: Not long

Menu: Yummy Cal-Mex with fresh salsa and friendly service.  One reason why we like this place is there is lots of room to sit down.  Counter service.    

Urban Putt 

Website: Urban Putt

Price: $$

Location: 1096 S. Van Ness Street

Wait Times: 

Menu: Play indoor mini golf inside a renovated Victorian and the food is surprisingly good.   

Dinner

Supenkuche

Website: 

Price: $$

Location: 

Wait Times: 

Menu: Really yummy German food.  My kids love the potato pancakes, apple sauce and sausage.  No exclusive kids' menu

Paxti's Pizza

Website: Paxti's Pizza

Price: $

Location: 511 Hayes 

Wait Times: none if you go early or get delivery

Menu: The crust of this deep dish pizza is dreamy AND they have lactose free cheese

 

Burma SuperStar 

Website: Burma SuperStar

Price: $

Location: 309 Clement Street

Wait Times: Always a bit of a wait-expect 30 minutes around average 

Menu: This menu is dreamy-the coconut rice, the flaky crust of the burmese samusas, shan noodles (a bit spicy) and sweet and tangy sesame noodles. So good! 

New Eritrea 

Website: New Eritrea

Price: $$

Location: 907 Irving Street

Wait Times: Never! 

Menu: We love the food here served on a big platter-family style.  It's really good and the service is friendly. 

Foreign Cinema (has a kids' menu!)

Website: Foreign Cinema

Price: $$$

Location: 2534 Mission Street

Wait Times: Make a reservation

Menu: Not sure where to start, the menu is vast, changes frequently and is divine. One of the best meals I've ever had in San Francisco with a beautiful patio.  Check the film list first to make sure it is kid friendly.  

Yank Sing 

Website: Yank Sing

Price: $$$

Location: 49 Stevenson and now at 101 Spear Street 

Wait Times: 10-15 minutes, larger parties, make a reservation

Menu: The pork dumplings are dreamy. While I'm not the most adventurous eater, Yank Sing makes my dim sum heart sing.   

Teacher, traveler, mom of four, friend and Team Tvartin captain navigating this messy, joyful life. 

 

Photo credit: Bonnie Berry .

 

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