Published on January 12, 2016

7 Stops For Your Next Foodie Staycation in SF

Take a trip around the world without ever leaving San Francisco! Let your taste buds be your guide as you explore Asian cuisine, Eastern European flavors, sweet Mediterranean treats and more.

Experience new food and cultures this month at seven spots to satisfy that travel bug.

AMERICAN - SAVORY BREAD PUDDING (HILLSIDE SUPPER CLUB - BERNAL HEIGHTS)

Hillside Supper Club - Savory Bread Pudding Photo provided by Hillside Supper Club.

Hillside Supper Club is a New American eatery with creative, seasonal cuisine made from local ingredients and an extensive wine list. Breakfast dishes include a delicious savory bread pudding. The cozy neighborhood gem is housed inside a converted Victorian storefront and features a zinc-topped bar, mason jar light fixtures and views of Precita Park.

JAPANESE - FRESH SEAFOOD (WAKO - RICHMOND DISTRICT)

Wako - Sushi Photo provided by Wako.

Wako seamlessly melds Japanese and Californian cuisines in an elegant yet relaxed atmosphere. The striking dishes are composed of locally sourced seafood and produce, along with ingredients from select purveyors — many from Japan. The simple, unpretentious dining room features modern plank-wood decor and serves as the perfect setting in which to enjoy the restaurant’s famed seven-course dinners.

EUROPEAN - FOIE GRAS TERRINE (PLAJ - HAYES VALLEY)

SF - Plaj Photo provided by Plaj.

Pläj — a phonetic spelling of the word “play” — showcases Scandinavian cuisine with a kick of California flair. Chef/Owner Roberth Sundell serves up Swedish small plates — like the Foie Gras Terrine — along with traditional, heartier dishes made with local, seasonal ingredients. Diners can also enjoy Scandinavian beers and creative cocktails in the cozy space, located inside the historic Inn at the Opera.

LATIN - "TIJUANA" QUESADILLAS (LA URBANA - NOPA)

SF - La Urbana Photo provided by La Urbana.

La Urbana is a vibrant restaurant and bar serving locally informed, modern Mexican fare, such as “Tijuana” Quesadillas and mezcal-infused cocktails. Sophisticated cantina-style plates and inventive desserts are always on offer, along with craft beers and seasonal cocktails. Reclaimed furniture and communal tables sit under LED signs and exposed wood beams, making the industrial space feel both rustic and contemporary.

MOROCCAN- BLACK CURRANT LAVENDER SPONGE (MOURAD - SOMA)

Mourad - Black Currant Lavender Sponge Photo provided by Mourad.

Mourad, the eponymous restaurant of Chef Mourad Lahlou, serves California-inspired Moroccan cuisine, combining traditional ingredients and flavors with contemporary presentation and technique. Located inside a newly renovated art deco tower, Mourad features starburst chandeliers and lofty ceilings, a giant glass wine cage suspended over the sleek L-shaped bar and a lounge.

CHINESE - CHONGQING CHICKEN WINGS (MISSION CHINESE FOOD - MISSION)

mission chinese food Photo provided by Mission Chinese Food.

Here at the original outpost of the San Francisco cult hit, Chef Danny Bowien delivers his fiery, creative takes on whimsical American Chinese cuisine. The menu showcases an awesome blend of Sichuan heat and spice — including in their Chongqing Chicken Wings — served up in a casual space adorned with festive paper lanterns and a lucky red dragon.

PERUVIAN - CEVICHE (MOCHICA - POTRERO HILL)

Photo provided by Mochica. Photo provided by Mochica.

Peruvian hot spot Mochica serves up several tasty ceviche combinations including mixed seafood with mussels, clams and shrimp, and Ahi tuna with toasted nori. Regional tapas and bold entrees — as well as approachable wines — fill out the rest of the colorful menu.

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