A World of International Flavors in the Inner Sunset

Tamara Palmer
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Photo by Albert Poon

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. Early business endeavors in the area included dairies and dynamite factories “that kept exploding.” Today, the Inner Sunset is enjoying an explosion of delightful places to eat — and the best current options include some newcomers, some classics and others reborn by popular demand. 

Easily accessible by public transportation, bicycle, car or foot, the Inner Sunset boasts Golden Gate Park as a backyard, the research and healing muscle of UCSF and a truly international array of places to eat.

“It’s great because there’s so much variety and food and price,” says Anna Klafter, a mother of two young children who works at a school in the neighborhood. “It really has anything you could be craving!”

Try ordering from these restaurants that are available on DoorDash for a taste of what the Inner Sunset is cooking up right now:

Baiano Pizza

Opened in 2014, Baiano Pizza has since become an Inner Sunset mainstay in a discerning pizza neighborhood. The pizzeria nails the classics (alongside calzones, paninis and salads). But a particular specialty is a spicy sausage and honey white pie that makes for a great second pizza to order to accompany a more traditional marinara and mozzarella.

Baiano Pizzeria


Sausage & Honey (White Pie)

Spicy sausage, mozzarella, mascarpone, parsely, serrano chili, honey.

Sausage & Honey (White Pie)


Caesar Salad

Romaine, croutons, parmigiano reggiano.

Caesar Salad
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Mahalo!

The closest you can get to the shores of Hawaii in the Inner Sunset is probably going to be at Mahalo! If this restaurant didn’t already have an exclamation point in the name, we’d suggest they go ahead and add one, because their traditional Hawaiian lunch plates (think mainstays like Loco Moco, garlic shrimp and Kalua pork) deserve the praise, especially when San Francisco temperatures are decidedly un-tropical.

Mahalo!


Loco Moco

Hamburger patties over rice covered with a special brown gravy and topped eggs.

Loco Moco


Garlic Shrimp

Shrimp sautéed with rich garlic, green onions and pepper.

Garlic Shrimp


BBQ Mix Plate

Barbecue beef, short ribs, and chicken.

BBQ Mix Plate
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New Eritrea

An Inner Sunset favorite and veritable neighborhood secret for decades, New Eritrea’s hearty and flavorful array of stews, dips and unique injera breads are perfect for vegetarians, vegans and carnivores alike. The menu is formatted well for sharing dishes amongst friends or family, and the sampler plates are great starter kits for the first time trying it.

New Eritrea Restaurant & Bar


House Sampler

Vegetarian six hearty & gourmet dishes (tumtumo and shiro) and salad

House Sampler


Meat Combination

Combination of Zigni (Beef), Zebhi Dorho (Chicken), and Alicha Begee (Lamb) and salad

Meat Combination


New Eritrea Special

Tenderized boneless chicken mixed with mushrooms sautéed with onions tomatoes, garlic and authentic Eritrean spices.

New Eritrea Special

New Eritrea Special Kitfo

Tartar of finely chopped lean flank steak, mixed with sautéed collard greens, cheese and seasoned mitmita and clarified butter

New Eritrea Special Kitfo
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Park Gyros

Gyro sandwiches and salads, falafel plates and wraps and other Mediterranean staples like baba ganoush, hummus and meat kebabs all shine at Park Gyros, but don’t overlook the rice pudding, a secret specialty. Pro tip: Try ordering pickup from Park Gyros and walk your food just steps into Golden Gate Park for an impromptu picnic.

Park Gyros


Falafel Plate

Veggie balls, with hummus, baba ghanoush, and tahini sauce. Served with house salad and pita bread.

Falafel Plate


Lamb & Beef Gyro Wrap

Slow-cooked sliced marinated lamb and beef. Served in lavash bread, with lettuce, tomato, onion, and tzatziki sauce.

Lamb & Beef Gyro Wrap


Mediterranean Burger

Ground sirloin with fresh herbs, lettuce, tomato, onion, provolone, mayo, and mustard. Served with French fries.

Mediterranean Burger


Rice Pudding

Rice mixed with water, cinnamon, and raisins.

Rice Pudding
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Perilla

A restaurant that delivers on flavor, portion and price, Perilla is a place to order Vietnamese classics like pho (soup) and bun (noodle bowls) with confidence. The specialty to know about here is the garlic noodles, which are served with a variety of protein options, including five-spice chicken, charbroiled shrimp, pork and beef.

Perilla Vietnamese Cuisine


Brisket Pho

Brisket Pho


5 Spice Chicken Garlic Noodles

5 Spice Chicken Garlic Noodles
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