Bayview Eats!

Bayview–Hunters Point, known as Bayview, or Hunters Point, is a neighborhood in the southeastern corner of San Francisco that is historically industrial and isolated, but it’s been transforming. Last year alone, the Bayview merchant corridor along Third Street became home for Seven Stills Distillery, Laughing Monk Brewery and the coffee shop of Craftsman and Wolves: The Den. Peet’s Coffee arrived in the beginning of last year and Starbucks followed at the end of summer, adding to the booming growth the neighborhood is experiencing.

The Peet’s Coffee & Tea kiosk, the first in the neighborhood, will share the Third Street space with the new ethnic grocery store, Duc Loi Pantry, and is only one name in a long list of the upscale businesses trying Bayview’s ground for the first time.

Where else do we eat and drink in Bayview-Hunters Point? Here’s 13 top spots to get you into the Bayview groove:

1. Huli Huli Hawaiian Grill

4100 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 970-1990
Huli Huli gained a strong foothold thanks to their food coma-inducing classic Hawaiian rice plates — dig into flavorful barbecue meats, SPAM musubi, and a loco moco that more or less requires a nap after consumption (with a side of mac salad, natch). And yes, trying the SPAM-studded breakfast burrito is definitely a good idea after a big night out. Don’t forget a shave ice palate cleanser.

2. All Good Pizza

1605 Jerrold Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 933-9384
Centered around a brick pizza oven housed in a shipping container, All Good Pizza is easily one of the best under-the-radar spots for outdoor eating and drinking. Feast from a menu of Neapolitan-style pies topped with local vegetables and meats (and equally excellent grilled panini) while posting up at a picnic table in their succulent-filled beer garden. Their space plays host to community events, too, including glass blowing parties and pop-up markets.

3. Speakeasy Ales & Lagers

1195 Evans Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 642-3371
Having risen from the figurative ashes, Speakeasy’s newly reopened brewery is a welcome phoenix in the Bayview beer scene. The revamped tap room features 17 beers on tap, crowlers to-go, and a nice number of tap room exclusive brews. Stay tuned for events, food pop-ups, and more from the Speakeasy crew.

4. Auntie April’s Chicken, Waffles, & Soul Food Restaurant

4618 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 643-4983
This no-frills staple for serious soul food will haunt your dreams — the fried chicken and fish are excellent, but don’t skip miss rib-sticking classics like slow-braised oxtails and saucy shrimp and grits. Come hungry and with a crowd — this is a menu you’ll want to work through. Definitely prioritize the chicken and waffles (skip the Red Velvet iteration), and stop by for Sunday brunch sometime for massive hangover busting plates, and the upbeat, hat-wearing, post-church crowd.

5. Radio Africa Kitchen

4800 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 826-9660
The passion project of chef Eskender Aseged, Radio Africa seamlessly blends North African, Mediterranean, and Aseged’s native Ethiopian flavors on a regularly changing menu that’s become a staple in Bayview’s culinary landscape. Aseged began Radio Africa as a catering operation and pop-up while while working with culinary greats like Joyce Goldstein and Daniel Humm until opening his Bayview brick-and-mortar in 2012. Sample salmon flavored with housemade harissa alongside an Ethiopian vegetable stew, or stop by for Community Tuesdays which feature a prix fixe menu and musicians and artists from the neighborhood.

6. Old Skool Cafe & Catering

1429 Mendell St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 822-8531
This youth-run supper club has won accolades for its efforts in training and employing at-risk kids in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhoods since opening in 2012. The praise is well-deserved, not least because the cafe is home to a menu of truly excellent “global soul food” (think fried chicken and ribs alongside Tongan-style ceviche and peanut butter stew), live music performances, and a transportive ‘40s jazz-style space — servers weave among red leather booths in zoot suit-style outfits. They’re renovating their space — they were able to purchase their building in 2014, and have been holding pop-ups around the neighborhood in the interim — and are aiming to reopen this February. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for updates; they’ll be open for dinner and live music nightly Tuesday-Saturdays, with gospel brunch making a comeback later in 2018.

7. Frisco Fried

5176 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 822-1517
Frisco Fried may well make the best fried chicken in San Francisco, thanks to a shatter-crisp crust and succulent, juicy meat. But don’t let the chicken prevent you from trying the other goodies at this Bayview staple — fried fish, oysters, and prawns are well worth sampling, as is the chef’s special caramelized garlic butter crab. Whatever you do, don’t miss the sleeper hit collard greens.

8. Butchertown Gourmet

5273 3rd St
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 872-9789
This gourmet grocery-cafe is a collaboration between Gratta Wines and Fox & Lion Bread, and is a fine place to spend an afternoon or evening tasting Barbara Gratta’s garage-made wines (really!) paired with delicious fare from local vendors. Start with fresh baked goods and sandwiches at the front of the cafe, then move to the back tasting bar and sample Gratta’s Garage Blend Red, Sangiovese, and even Grappa (distilled over at Seven Stills), paired with everything from barbecue to pupusas.

9. Craftsman and Wolves Den

1598 Yosemite Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 423-3337
Craftsman And Wolves’ Bayview location has all of the magic of the Valencia Street original — innovative pastries, Rebels Within — plus major upgrades in the form of lunch (featuring daily pizzas) and brunch menus. Motorcycle riders are rewarded on Sundays with free coffee should they happen to cruise in for an egg-topped hash brown waffle dressed with brown butter hollandaise. During farmers market season, you’ll also find the CAW crew slinging hotcakes and CAWnadian bacon.

10. The San Francisco Mead Company

1180 Shafter Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 819-4941
If mead conjures images of Renaissance Fair-proximate scenes (turkey legs, goblets, etc.), a visit to SF Mead’s cozy tasting room will make for a nice transition to the 21st Century. Their mead is made using different varieties of local honey, including Orange Blossom (dry, great with oysters and crab), California Gold (featuring wildflower honey from Mendocino forests), and apple versions made with cider. Drop in on Saturdays for a tasting, or schedule a tour for the full mead experience.

11. Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue

1465 Carroll Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 648-8881
The first rule of Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue is that you don’t talk about Smokin’ Warehouse Barbecue. Okay, that’s an exaggeration, but you do have to play it right to sample Bill Lee’s magnificent barbecue ribs, brisket, and pork, available from a to-go window carved into a, right, warehouse. Rule one: Clear a weekday afternoon; they’re only open Monday-Friday, 11 am – 4 pm. Rule two: Order ahead, because they will run out. Rule three: Always say yes to the jalapeño bacon mac ‘n’ cheese. Rule four: Go with a group and sample all of the meats. Rule five: Make time for a nap. It’s well worth it.

12. Seven Stills Brewery & Distillery

1439 Egbert Ave
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 914-0936
It’s a whiskey! It’s a beer! It’s a whiskey made from beer! All hail the mind-bending magic of Seven Stills, a whiskey-distillery-slash-brewery that yes, brews beer and makes whiskey from said beer. They also make whiskey from other local breweries (including Laughing Monk right next door), all of which are available for the tasting at their bright, mural-adorned tap room. Tour the distillery, taste beer and whiskey flights, and stop by on First Fridays for live music (it’s right after karaoke at Laughing Monk).

13. Laughing Monk Brewing

1439 Egbert Ave A
San Francisco, CA 94124
(415) 890-5970
This lively brewery and tap room has quickly become a favorite for chill vibes, memorable events (beer yoga! Drag queen bingo!), and really excellent beer. Laughing Monk features a creative mix of American and Belgian beer styles laced with plenty of California flavors; the Belgian-style Bayview Gold is a golden ale brewed with chamomile from Bayview community gardens. Stop by and sample some of the 16 beers on tap (or take them home in crowlers), or make a night of it with food trucks and karaoke on the first Friday of the month.

Source: Eater SF

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