Joyride Pizza is a family-owned takeout and counter-service spot sharing the joy of Detroit-style pies one slice at a time. What’s a Detroit-style pie, you ask? Start with a Sicilian-style dough baked in a steel square pan that results in an airy and spongy focaccia, topped with loads of Wisconsin brick cheese below the red tomato sauce. One of the most popular pies at Joyride Pizza is their zoe ‘roni pepperoni pizza. It consists of piles of crispy, spicy pepperoni layered over a caramelized brick cheese crust and topped with grated parmesan, olive oil, and wild oregano. Go check them out at their new location at 15th and Valencia Street for a taste of Detroit.
Buddy is a neighborhood wine bar in the Mission District. They have everything from natural wines to small entrees and sandwiches. They are known for their crispy fried mortadella sandwich — a melody of rich cheese, cherry peppers, dijonnaise and shredded escarole, layered between two pieces of warm toast. To keep you full as you sip on their many wines, they also have tuna confit and even a warm savory cheesecake made with Pt. Reyes blue cheese, berry mustard and herb focaccia. In addition to their food, you can enjoy some of their California and European natural wines, like their Catalan Sifer wine, made from 100% Macan grapes. Check them out at 22nd and Capp Street for some eclectic tastes of great wine and cheese.
Named after the legendary Zapotec princess — Donaji is a brick-and-mortar restaurant that serves some of the best tamales, tacos, and enchiladas in the neighborhood. The menu is influenced by chef and owner Isai Cuevas’s own Oaxacan background. The menu is based on traditional Oaxacan recipes, with offerings like enchiladas de mole made with a heavy dose of spices, taquitos wrapped in lettuce and the owner's mom's pozole recipe. One of their most popular dishes is their quesabirria tacos, which consists of 2 handmade tortillas filled with braised pork ribs and topped with grilled cheese, onions, and cilantro. Check them out at 24th and Stockwell Street to get a bite of Oaxacan cuisine.
A new Indian restaurant has arrived in the Mission. India’s Chaat House is a small, casual restaurant specializing in Nepalese and Indian street food. The family-owned restaurant serves fan favorites like chicken tikka masala, saag paneer and chicken vindaloo — all wonderfully savory with a good amount of heat. The restaurant also has a selection of Nepalese and Indian street food like pani puri – a crispy, fried, hollow dough ball stuffed with boiled potatoes and momos (Nepalese dumplings). You can find them in the Mission between Valencia and Bartlett Street to get all your South Asian culinary cravings covered.
Snackeria de la Mission just recently opened up and you’re going to want to know about it. The casual, take-out only spot gets its inspiration from street food vendors in the Mission District and serves the same snacks you often see at stands across the neighborhood. They have everything from mangonada (frozen mango smoothie) to elote sprinkled with cotija cheese to ceviche. The menu features sandwiches like sorta del chive, aqua frescas and a large selection of hot sauce and salsas. The owner of San Francisco taqueria Papalote opened this spot as a safe space for immigrants and a place to preserve Latino food and culture. You can find them at 24th and Osage Street to get all your snack and lunch needs covered.
The team behind Hawaiian-inspired Liholiho Yacht Club will be debuting a new restaurant on 18th and Dearborn Street in the Mission District. Called Good Culture Club and boasting a Laotian/Filipino inspired menu, the restaurant spotlights shareable and modern-twists on classic dishes like garlic rice stuffed chicken wings and coconut-milk brined and fried petrale sole. The restaurant will have a colorful deck and a plant-filled indoor dining room, ready to welcome you and all your friends soon. They open on January 11th, so make sure you start 2022 with this new culinary adventure.
Filipino-Mexican street food spot Señor Sisig has a new food truck. It's based on all their classic offerings, from vegan chicken burritos to vegan cheese-loaded fries. True to fashion, Señor Sisig Vegano carries on the tradition of ingenuity and creativity, marinating their vegan meats and altering traditional recipes to give you more flavor, texture, and deliciousness. Some locals even say their plant-based menu tastes better than their meat options. Find them at the Mission on Valencia and 18th Street to see what the hype is all about.
Komaaj is bringing the Iranian breeze to the shores of San Francisco. The new restaurant specializes in dishes from Gilan, a province on the Caspian Sea in Northern Iran. As one of the few Iranian restaurants in San Francisco, Komaaj is a needed addition to the city's culinary scene, offering classics like kuku sabzi (herb frittata) and morgh-e torsh (chicken stew). These dishes are served with airy and light Sangak flatbread, ensuring that all your cravings for Iranian cuisine are satisfied. Find them at The Laundry on 26th and Capp Street in the Mission.
If you’ve ever wondered what a Levantine thanksgiving looks like, you’re in luck. This year, instead of turkey, Reem's is offering a roast chicken stuffed with spiced rice, ground beef and toasted pine nuts. If you’re tired of pecan or pumpkin pie, try their walnut and date pie served with orange blossom whipped cream. Reem's connects people across cultures and experiences through the warmth of bread and hospitality. Give your loved ones a unique Thanksgiving dinner and check out their special holiday menu online or go see them on Mission and 25th Street.
San Ho Won recently opened its doors to locals who are eager to try the mouth-watering creations of chefs Corey Lee and Jeong-In Hwang. The restaurant is located at the intersection of leisure and fine dining, bringing you the best ingredients with the most meticulous techniques. All grilled dishes are cooked over charcoal in the kitchen, and the menu includes a series of classic Korean dishes such as gamjatang and soondae pajeon. Go check them out at Bryant and 20th Street to see what all the excitement is about.
Whether you’re craving a pintxo, some patatas bravas or a glass of Iberian wine, El Chato is going to be your new favorite spot. ‘El Chato’ is a colloquial term for buddy, so you know it’s going to be the go-to spot for you and all your friends. Owners Erin Rickenbaker and Rafa Saenz describe their new restaurant as “the real Spanish destination in SF, giving guests an authentic gastronomic experience.” They promise the music will always be lively and the wine will always flow. So get ready for good vibes, good wine and good food. They will open at 2301 Bryant Street in early 2022.
Travel Italy without ever having to leave your seat. Chefs Ryan Pollnow and Thomas McNaughton of Flour+Water Hospitality Group are giving you a taste of some of the best regional Italian dishes. Penny Roma has a courtyard and dining room, perfect for a date night or a friends night out. They have classics such as Agnolotti from Piedmont and Tonnarelli from Lazio. The Agnolotti is fragrant and rich, stuffed with a juicy pork and beef filling. Their house-made focaccia is chunky and comforting and their pasta is made fresh every morning at the Flour and Water Pasta shop across the street. Go find them at 20th and Florida Street in the Mission.
In the endless battle of burgers vs. sandwiches, the Mission’s newest spot might be the one you want to bet on. If you love East Coast food as much as we do, consider Newkirk's as your new go-to spot. Missing that classic New York bagel, egg and cheese? You’re in luck: Newkirk’s has over 9 variations of breakfast sandwiches, including their very own hash brown sandwich, making sure you’re always craving something new. Go check them out at 22nd and Potrero Avenue.