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13 Hits to Order for Lunch Now That You're WFH
While it’s great in theory to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your lunch routine just isn’t the same. Missing your midday lunch breaks around town with co-workers now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular lunch ideas that you can get sent right to your doorstep (lunch buddy not included).
11 Standouts for Breakfast Now That You’re WFH
While it’s great to have a daily excuse to work in your pajamas, let’s face it: your breakfast routine is probably all off. Missing your mid-morning breakfast runs from the office now that you’re working from home? Replace them with one of these popular breakfasts that you can get delivered straight to your door.
These San Francisco Restaurants Are Now on DoorDash
San Francisco’s shelter in place order has temporarily transformed restaurants used to dine-in customers into hubs for takeout. In light of these challenging times, the following notable places are now available on DoorDash. Note that menus may be different from their dine-in counterparts, with family-style meal kits or a smaller, pared-down selection of delivery-only options.
Tacos: The Original New World Food
A taco is simply a tortilla wrapped around a filling that is eaten by hand. But that’s just the beginning. It’s also an incredibly popular, accessible and versatile dish that transcends borders and time. The history of tacos goes back to the pre-Hispanic era before there was a Mexico or a United States.
Here’s Where to DoorDash the Best Ramen in Town
Bay Area ramen addicts couldn’t possibly have it better: Next to Japan, this is one of the best places in America to slurp down a big, flavorful bowl of the stuff. From porky, fatty tonkotsu broth to clean, light yuzu versions, here’s where to DoorDash the best renditions of ramen in town.
Bánh Mì: Vietnam’s Iconic Sandwich a Fusion of East and West
Whether it’s the classic PB&J or the savory cheeseburger, the sandwich is a lunchtime staple that can be found in any American school cafeteria. As a child of Vietnamese refugees, I grew up with a different kind of sandwich from many of my schoolmates, a sandwich that has made a name for itself as an iconic Vietnamese food: the bánh mì.
Need a Breather? 8 Convincing Ideas for a Midday Break
While it’s been nice to have an excuse to work on the couch in our sweats, let’s be honest: There are some things about being in the office that we can’t help but miss. Exhibit A? Taking that mid-afternoon breather from work and grabbing a quick little pick-me-up. Missing that 3:00 p.m. perk? Here are some ways to bring that concept home by having snacks and sips delivered straight to your door.
Poke: From Hawaii With Love
Sushi was once considered unimaginable to most Americans—who in their right mind would want to eat raw fish?—but similar to how sushi made its way into the mainstream, poke is following in its footsteps decades later.
Restaurants Adapt Differently to Challenging Times Without Diners
Bruce Hill was gearing up for an uptick in business. March had finally arrived, and as the longtime chef and owner of Zero Zero, a restaurant near San Francisco’s sprawling Moscone Center, Hill knew this was typically the month the restaurant’s traffic began to pick up steam for the year, thanks to the start of convention season.
America: Bowled Over by Açaí
Chances are you’ve seen them on the Internet: magenta-hued fruit purées, piled to the brim in bowls and attractively garnished with sliced strawberries and bananas that are splayed out like playing cards. Meet açaí bowls: smoothies blended with açaí and garnished in a bowl with toppings.
The concept of the Margherita pizza is simple: baked dough topped with tomatoes, basil, and cheese. Yet this Italian idea is the basis for every regional style of pizza that America has today, and without it, America’s $45 billion pizza market—and a large part of its food culture altogether—would never have existed at all.
West Portal’s Birth and Renewal Are Coupled to Its Streetcars
In the West Portal neighborhood in southwest San Francisco, you will likely not encounter tourists—either from the other side of the world or other side of town. But, for the locals that live on the west side and rely on Muni’s K, L and M lines, West Portal, with its cozy, unassuming personality and small town charm, is the essential, do-everything, go-to hub for many of their daily needs.
Fried Chicken Around the World
Fried chicken is such a beloved food that cultures around the world share an appreciation for. Explore some favorite renditions across the globe.
There is no better way to learn about a neighborhood than to get the perspective of a local. Taleen Shekerjian and Lauren Beddeo have lived in the Marina for 3 and 2 years, respectively, and had this to say and recommend.
Loco Moco: Hawaii’s Ultimate Comfort Food
Loco mocos are the food of the people. Important things to know: They are most likely consumed from a three-section disposable plate, though artisanal, upscale versions have been known to exist. Loco mocos are designed to satisfy in a uniquely Hawaiian style—meaning filling satisfaction first.
Chicken Rice — America’s New Comfort Food
“Somewhere in the world, a chicken is simmering. Nearby is a bag of rice. The mixture of the two is comfort food in every climate,” David Tanis once declared. Whether it’s referred to as arroz caldo, khao mun gai, or something else, the notion of chicken and rice as the consummate meal is universal...
Just like American cooking wouldn’t be the same without hamburgers, or Mexican would be a different cuisine without tacos, Vietnamese food wouldn’t be what it is today without pho. Pho—a clear soup with rice noodles, beef or chicken, herbs, and a bone stock broth—is a daily staple in Vietnam.
Biryani: Rice, Spice and Everything Nice
If all of South Asia were to be characterized by just one dish, we’d argue it should be biryani. In case you’re not familiar with it, at its most basic, biryani is a rice casserole: one that’s layered with meat, seafood, or vegetables, then flavored with warm spices, herbs, and gravy, then cooked over a low flame, sometimes with a cover made from dough.
Pimento Cheese Breaks Out From the South
There are few foods in this world that could claim to be a spread, a dip, a sandwich filling, and a condiment all at the same time, but pimento cheese checks all those boxes. A mixture of grated cheddar, diced pimento peppers, and mayonnaise, the “pâte of the South,” as it’s sometimes called, has long been a staple of the Southern table.
Chicken & Rice Around the Globe
Chicken and rice is such a crowd-pleasing combination that just about every country has its own rendition. Here are some favorites.
You don’t have to wait until Tuesday to have a taco party today (and, hey, if it happens to be Tuesday, it’ll feel extra festive).
Send Sweet Treats to People You Love
This Valentine’s Day, celebrate friends, family, and all the other people in your life by having a treat delivered to their door. Order their favorite sweet, adjusting the delivery address accordingly. Then download our special image below and pop it into a text message to give your recipient a quick heads-up that something’s headed their way!
Bucking the V*nill@ and Chocolate Hegemony With Extraordinary Flavors
When Jake Godby and Sean Vahey hung a double-headed cow on the wall and opened the doors to their first location of Humphry Slocombe Ice Cream on a relatively quiet corner in San Francisco’s Mission District back in December 2008, friends and colleagues in the hospitality industry didn’t know what to think.
Souper Bowl Winners
Every New Year is a perfect opportunity to leave behind the over-indulgent dinners, happy hours, and way too many “cheat days.” But let’s be real - eating healthy can be tough and menu planning can be even tougher. It takes some serious mental fortitude! Enter: soups!
Game Day Eats
Prepare for the win with celebratory snacks that are easy to share and enjoy whether your idea of a big game day means watching football, baseball, basketball, ice skating or the latest red carpet awards show with your favorite small group of friends and family.
North Beach, One Slice at a Time
Take a waltz through North Beach, and you may notice a few things: alleyways named after famed Beatniks. An entire avenue lit up by risqué neon signs. Street lamps displaying green, white, and red stripes. Young urban professionals and families (along with plenty of tourists) occupying sidewalk cafes and ristorantes.
Some Like It Hot
Food with a spicy kick can help to kickstart your metabolism and feel elevated as you enjoy a meal. The buzz from spicy food is so real, you can feel it from your head to your toes, and it will keep you coming back for more.
After School Snacks
You don’t have to actually be a student to appreciate these snack ideas for that hungry time between lunch and dinner when a lot of places tend to be closed; it’s more of an overall mindset.
KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) Tops Fried Chicken Rankings
A few years back on a business trip to Seoul, our client and host met us at our hotel to welcome us for a few days of meetings. Without much fanfare, we simply walked across the wide boulevard from the hotel and into the undistinguished small retail plaza on the lower floors of an office building.
Winter Weather Comfort Foods
While we don’t exactly have winter wonderland around this part of the country, the City of San Francisco can get awfully chilly at times.
You’re definitely in the right place right now if you’re vegan or merely vegan-curious — San Francisco chefs have long been able to work wonders with creating dishes that are made without the inclusion of any kind of animal products.
Stream and Chill
Streaming services can easily bring a wide world of entertainment in countless languages to the personal screen of your choice, and the options are only growing.
You may be following or curious to try eating Paleo, which is also sometimes referred to as the Paleolithic or caveman diet.
Late Night Indulgences
It’s late and your day went amazingly well slash unspeakably bad — keep the party going or turn it all around with some self care in the form of late night treats courtesy of DoorDash pickup or delivery.
K-Drama Binge Feast
There are many iconic foods for different occasions — popcorn during movies, hotdogs at baseball games, ice cream after breakups, and for some, Korean Food while watching K-Dramas.
Sometimes, you may just find yourself having the sudden urge to take pictures of your meal and then post them to Instagram, which is a natural impulse given the beauty of so much of the food made here in San Francisco.
Impossible Meets Its Moment
Wes Rowe used to spend hours upon hours each week handcrafting his own veggie burgers for his customers at WesBurger, his popular restaurant in San Francisco’s Mission District.
San Francisco has not only well adapted to the growing legions of eaters who prefer (or need) to eat a gluten-free diet, in some cases, the city has led the way in developing delicious foods and techniques for the rest of the world to enjoy.
Cross Country Cravings
The city by the bay. A beautiful merging of cultures, history, and nature. And a far cry from Upstate New York where I now find myself, wrapped in at least 3 blankets.
Delicious food options that adhere to the ketogenic diet, which most simply call keto, are not hard to find on DoorDash.
Dinner for Every Palate
In a two-person household with diverse tastes, it can be a tall order for everyone to agree on what to eat for dinner. Is it possible to find a restaurant that satisfies the spice fiend and the picky eater, or the health nut and the comfort food lover?
A World of International Flavors in the Inner Sunset
According to the historians over at San Francisco’s Western Neighborhoods Project, the whole Sunset District of San Francisco was named in 1889 and was reportedly called “Great Sand Waste” when it was still just sand dunes instead of the lively avenues filled with homes and businesses that are there today.
Healthy Weekday Dinners
Here are a slew of wholesome weeknight meal ideas that can accommodate a broad range of dietary needs. Whether you’ve gone vegan, keto, paleo, or raw, there’s something on this list that you can feel great about eating for dinner.