Eating Your Way Through Asia…in San Francisco

Many people come to San Francisco with the expectation that Chinatown is the place to go for all things Asian food. While Chinatown certainly has a large offering of Chinese and Cantonese food options, the truth of the matter is that you can find a wide variety of regional Asian food options all over San Francisco. Which leads us to ask, of course, why limit yourself to one neighborhood or regionally based cuisine when you can try them all?

While wholly impossible to recommend every single great pho, sushi, ramen, (the list goes on), spot in San Francisco, your taste buds will rejoice if you stop by any of these! Now go forth and eat (and maybe review your chopstick etiquette first)!

Burmese food is a huge hit in the Bay Area, with well known Burma Superstar offering locations in the inner Richmond, Oakland and Alameda. We recommend checking out recently opened Burma Love, which is run by the same owners as Superstar. The tea leaf salad will knock your socks off, as will their creative selection of delicious cocktails.

211 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Sometimes when people think they are looking for Chinese they are actually thinking of Cantonese. For the best Dim Sum in town stop by either of  Yank Sing‘s two locations, and prepare yourself for a bustling, live-action lunch experience.

49 Stevenson St and 101 Spear St, San Francisco, CA 94105

It’s hard not to be a sucker for a restaurant with great food and a pun in their name.  Kung Food does both, serving up the Americanized Hunan Chinese food we’ve all come to know and love. Just a stones throw from the Painted Ladies, Kung Food makes it easy to pair your BBQ fried rice with a great picnicking location.

1615 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94115

Japanese (Curry):
When you’re in the mood for Okonomiyaki (and really, when aren’t you?) Kitchen Kura should be the first stop on your list. In addition to their mouth-watering Japanese pancakes, Kitchen Kura also offers the staple Japanese Katsu Curry.

1525 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Japanese (Sushi):
It’s not difficult to find sushi in San Francisco, but the upper echelon of Sushi will often run you a pretty penny. Have the best of both worlds at Akiko’s, an intimate sushi restaurant off of Union Square that offers a creative take on traditional sushi offerings and a beautiful interior.

431 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108

If you’re looking for bibimbab, look no further than the Lower Haight’s Stone Bowl Plus. If you haven’t experienced the joy of eating the crispy rice that stone bowl bimimbab delivers, make this your choice for dinner tonight.

509 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117

When you’re craving green curry, or any other thai dish, Marnee Thai is the place to go. A hot spot with the locals, plan on arriving early to put your name on the wait list and then take a walk around the inner sunset hood while you wait.

1243 9th St and 2225 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

Trying to get your pho-game on? Yummy Yummy will guarantee you a full and happy belly. If you aren’t in the mood for soup, they also offer a variety of noodle, fried rice, and Vietnamese curry dishes. It’s pho-real.

1015 Irving St, San Francisco, CA 94122

What did you love? What did we miss? Let us know in the comments! Check back soon for our recommendations on the city’s best Asian fusion spots and food trucks 🙂


About the Author // Eliza Dropkin is the newest member of Vantigo. She enjoys live music, good food, and cruising around town in Jerry (the other newest member of Vantigo).


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