This post is dedicated to our brave colleagues who will be packing their carry-ons in the next few days and traveling to San Francisco for the Winter Fancy Food Show.
While Ignite 360 is a global company - our home office window overlooks the beautiful Bay Bridge, and many of us (including Chief Catalyst Rob Volpe) call San Francisco our humble home. With that in mind - we want to extend our arms (and local knowledge) to keep you fueled, energized and entertained while visiting our beautiful city by the bay!
The Fancy Food Show takes place at the Moscone center in the exceptional SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. Our recommendations are walkable (or very easily cab-able) from there. We’ve also thrown in a few extras for those who have the time to explore a bit more.
Hope to see you around the neighborhood!
Good morning!Whether its your first fuel of the day or your break halfway - San Francisco is a coffee (and tea) lover's dream. Here are two local favorites:
Sightglass Coffee Coffee (and pastries) When you walk into this coffee shop, your jaw sort of drops - the space is gorgeous. But this is serious coffee for true enthusiasts. Plenty of seating, including large community tables to share with strangers/future new friends! No wi-fi - but a little morning meditation time may be just what you need to start your day.
Blue Bottle Cafe Coffee (and breakfast and lunch) Blue Bottle Coffee is legendary here and locals willingly wait in line for a lovingly brewed cup. The 66 Mint Plaza location is the only cafe with a full food program as well. Choose from specialties like the Blue Bottle Benedict, Belgian-style waffle and steel-cut oats with a rotating selection of seasonal soups and salads.
Feed me please. Although you will probably consume about 500 little samples on toothpicks at Fancy Food - you may want a few other options for sustenance.
Ferry Building Marketplace A quick walk (or cab ride) will yield a BEVY of food and shopping options inside this historic waterfront gem. Locals come here weekly for the farmer's market as well as breakfast, lunch AND dinner excursions. ALL stellar. Here are some favorites:
Boulette's Larder (breakfast, lunch, dinner) There's no place like it for comforting home cooked specialties. The delicious aromas from their warm, open kitchen are heavenly. You can also purchase unique ingredients from their kitchen shop to bring home as gifts (for yourself of course).
Il Cane Rosso(breakfast, lunch, dinner) For a truly San Francisco local dining experience - il Cane Rosso’s food is purely local in origin and takes full advantage of the Bay Area’s fantastic local purveyors. Their core philosophy? Creating delicious food using the best local ingredients.
Out The Door (lunch) Little sister of the famous (and so hard to get a reservation for) Slanted Door. Delicacies like Mung bean dumplings, spring rolls, mushroom buns are all sooooo gooooood. A personal favorite - the big, fluffy and oh so flavorful vegetarian steamed bun.
The Sentinel (breakfast and lunch) This tiny takeout-only spot is perfect to get a truly tasty sandwich (or a special three-course boxed lunch that includes dessert) to go. The frequently served hot corned beef with cabbage, Swiss cheese, and Russian dressing is wonderful, as are the feta-flecked lamb meatballs with spicy tomato sauce.
Super Duper Burgers (lunch and dinner) Every town has their favorite burgers... and this is ours. A perfect ratio of meat to bread and cheddar cheese. Throw in an organic shake and their amazing fries and let the happy begin.
Bar Agricole (Dinner and Killer Cocktails) This spot gets rave reviews from locals and visitors alike. The menu changes nightly, but spaghetti and housemade meat dishes are continual hits.
Zuni Café (lunch and dinner) It's the utility belt of restaurants: good for brunch, for late-night dining, and for oysters and a cocktail at the bar. Have the chicken. Trust us.
Time to Wind/Wine down. A long day of meeting, greeting and waaallllkkkiiing the show floor deserves some relax time. Here are some great places to do just that.
Terroir (wine, cheese and charcuterie) Unwind with wine in this cozy and warm space.
City Beer Store (specialty beer bottleshop and tasting bar) For those who prefer to wind down with a draft. This spot is for you.
Venturing further out.
For those of you willing to venture off the beaten path (the entire city is only 7 x7 miles - so why not) here are some additional Ignite staff favorites that make us happy to call San Francisco our home:
Craftsman and Wolves (coffee and OMG pastries) Infamous in San Francisco foodie circles for the impossible and delectable “rebel within” muffin this eatery showcases the most amazing hand crafted treats in the city. Why you would venture here – Drinking Caramel. We think that says it all.
Delarosa (lunch and dinner) “I am coming back here every day until I finish the entire menu.” - Ignite 360 staff member.Why you would venture here – this restaurant is located in the beautiful Marina/Cow Hollow district. Lots of great shops to walk around and see in this charming neighborhood.
Shanghai Dumpling King (lunch and dinner) No trip to San Francisco is complete without enjoying some steaming plates of authentic (and delicious) dumplings. Perfect for a group. Refuse to leave without an order (or 4) of the Sugar Egg Puffs. Why you would venture here – this restaurant is located in the outer Richmond district. Just a few blocks down is the wonderful Balboa movie theater and the cozy Simple Pleasures Café which offers coffee, sweet treats, beers on tap and live music on weekends.