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Mario Batali's San Francisco Favorites

Mario Batali · San Francisco Food Tour · created about 3 years ago

A guide to Mario's personal favorites within San Francisco.

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    Oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co. in San Francisco, CA

    I can’t go to the market and leave without a half dozen or more of these luscious oysters. Add a little hot sauce on top – even a breakfast beer, this is defo the first stop.

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    Braised Beef Cheeks at COCO500 in San Francisco, CA

    Loretta Keller’s braised beef cheeks are decadent and dreamy. I want this dish on its own with a large glass of rhone red.

  • Rapini Olives Lemon Pizza at Uva Enoteca in San Francisco, CA

    Owner Boris Nemchenok worked for me at Otto in NYC before heading to his home town and opening up this cozy and rustic enoteca. Their pizza is simple, great but really flavorful!

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    Barbecued Willis Ranch Pork Spareribs at The Slanted Door in San Francisco, CA

    Charles Phan does everything perfectly - these spareribs make chinatown look like it missed the boat.

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    Grilled Sand Dabs at Tadich Grill in San Francisco, CA

    Or try the Grilled Petrale Sole. Classic place, timeless dish - this is not a mesquite grill!!

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    Crab Louie at Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco, CA

    Ketchup and mayo were never cool at my school with seafood, but this is the definitive LOUIE!!

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    Cannondale Pizza at Pizzeria Picco in Larkspur, CA

    The Cannondale Pizza rocks! House-made sausage, peppers and onions. My buddy Bruce Hill runs this Mill Valley ground zero for the delish. All the pizza combos are intelligent and interesting. Do not skip the soft serve ice cream!

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    Burger at Zuni Cafe in San Francisco, CA

    House-ground hamburger on grilled rosemary focaccia with garden lettuces, aïoli, and Zuni pickles. I love the roasted chicken, but those Zuni pickles put me in a burger state of mind.

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    Dim Sum at Yank Sing Restaurants in San Francisco, CA

    Still my fave 30 years later - this is the real thing with a hundred options on a given day.

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    Tongue Tacos at La Taqueria in San Francisco, CA

    Just perfect tender pure flavor!