The search for America’s best food cities: San Francisco | The Washington Post

May 19, 2015

From touchdown, no other city in the country whets my appetite like San Francisco, where arrivals at Terminal 2 at SFO are welcomed with a feast. Calling to me as I disembark are Burger Joint, where the Niman Ranch patties are slipped inside toasted buns, and Lark Creek Grill, the source of breakfast omelets made with cage-free eggs. Coffee comes by way of a pedigreed local: Peet’s, originally from Berkeley.

Most impressive of all is the 5,000-square-foot Napa Farms Market, stocked with eats from Acme Bread Company and Cowgirl Creamery, among other local treasures, and alongside a wine bar where Northern California labels are poured. I’m tempted to cancel my lunch reservation in the city and assemble a picnic on the spot, except it’s been years since I’ve seen Greens, one of the foremost vegetarian restaurants in the country, and the two of us need to catch up.

“The Bay Area is obsessed with food,” says Joyce Goldstein, chef of the late, groundbreaking Square One restaurant and author of the 2013 book “Inside the California Food Revolution.

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