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The Best Quick Bites in San Francisco

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San Francisco is full of fine-dining pilgrimages, but sometimes quick and easy does the gastronomic trick. Whether you’re looking for a snack after work, before a show, or perhaps pre-flight, here’s where to find the best quick bites in the city.

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1. Spark Social SF

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601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
San Francisco, CA 94158

A recent addition to the relatively young Mission Bay neighborhood, Spark is for those who like having lots to choose from in a casual space. The permanent food truck park features swing benches, fire pits, a repurposed bus, and lots of scattered seating. Rotating vendors offer ramen, acai bowls, gyro salads, poke, Asian fusion sandwiches, and more. Time your visit to a Wednesday or Friday to partake in trivia night or enjoy a $1 oyster happy hour.

2. El Farolito Bar

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2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-7877
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El Farolito is a household name on the San Francisco burrito scene, serving up no fewer than nine meat fillings — including classics like carne asada and carnitas, along with less common offerings like chorizo and lengua (beef tongue). Service at the cash-only, no-frills mini-chain is quick and straightforward. Go for the super burrito, which includes sour cream, cheese, and avocado in addition to the usual rice, beans, and salsa.

3. Namu Stonepot

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553 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 926-8065
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The casual spinoff of Cal-Asian restaurant Namu Gaji, Namu Stonepot is one of San Francisco’s hottest new options for a solid budget meal. Prices range from $3 for a Korean taco to $19 for a sizzling sisig (Filipino pork) entree. When in doubt, go for the eponymous stonepot rice bowls or the kimchi ramen stew with pork belly, rice cakes, and tofu. And if you can’t snag a seat at the handful of tables in the cozy space, get your order to go and head to the recently reopened Alamo Square or The Panhandle. Both parks are just a block or two away.

4. Coqueta

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Pier 5, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 704-8866
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For tapas with a view, feast at Coqueta on the Embarcadero. On this Pier 5 perch, patrons have a prime panorama of the bay and can catch a glimpse of Treasure Island and the Oakland bridge. The restaurant’s menu itself is no less exciting, featuring small plates like chicharron-crusted chicken croquetas and patatas bravas served with salsa and garlic aioli. Hungry or dining with companions (and can afford the 40-minute prep time)? Try the Gulf shrimp, clam, and chorizo paella.

5. Liholiho Yacht Club

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871 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 440-5446
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Reservations book out a month in advance at Oahu-native and James Beard Best Chef finalist Ravi Kapur’s Liholiho Yacht Club. Luckily for last-minute planners and those who might be short on time, bar seats are easier to come by (especially before 6 p.m. on weeknights and 5 p.m. on weekends). Order like a local and ask for the off-menu spam, made in-house and served over furikake rice, or tuck into popular appetizers like tuna poke or beef tongue steamed buns. For something more filling, the grilled short rib with bone marrow, escargot, mushrooms, and horseradish is pure decadence.

6. The Pizza Shop

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3104 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110
(415) 824-1840
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The best pizza shops are always the unassuming ones that let their slices do all the talking — and this one is no exception. Lovers of New York-style pizza flock to the simply named Pizza Shop for perfectly crispy crust with just the right amount of sauce. There are typically a dozen varieties waiting to be heated by the slice, be it white mushroom with ricotta and garlic or a pepperoni, sausage, and meatball combo called Meat-o. Whole pies are completely customizable, with 16 toppings to choose from.

7. Bar Agricole

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355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 355-9400
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This James Beard Award-winner nails the craft cocktail and upscale bar food combination — a fact that’s reflected in its prices. Stop by for happy hour, though, and you’ll enjoy $1 oysters, $5 wine and vermouth drinks, and snack specials. The outdoor patio is lovely for a warm fall evening, plus its SOMA location means an easy commute or car ride after. Tip: Visit early during the week to beat the crowds.

8. B. on the Go

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2794 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115
(415) 589-7112
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B. on the Go might have first drawn lots of attention thanks to ties to one of the city’s most beloved bakeries, but the airy corner sandwich shop undoubtedly stands on its own. Its porchetta sandwich achieves a harmonious balance of crunch and juiciness, while the roasted Brussels sprouts are satisfyingly savory with anchovy, lemon, and parmesan. Veggie-friendly highlights include a velvety tomato bisque and an earthy mushroom grilled cheese — all great options for a light but filling bite. And if you’re looking to end the meal on a sweet note, cross the street for a kouign amann at B. Patisserie.

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1. Spark Social SF

601 Mission Bay Boulevard North, San Francisco, CA 94158

A recent addition to the relatively young Mission Bay neighborhood, Spark is for those who like having lots to choose from in a casual space. The permanent food truck park features swing benches, fire pits, a repurposed bus, and lots of scattered seating. Rotating vendors offer ramen, acai bowls, gyro salads, poke, Asian fusion sandwiches, and more. Time your visit to a Wednesday or Friday to partake in trivia night or enjoy a $1 oyster happy hour.

601 Mission Bay Boulevard North
San Francisco, CA 94158

2. El Farolito Bar

2779 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

El Farolito is a household name on the San Francisco burrito scene, serving up no fewer than nine meat fillings — including classics like carne asada and carnitas, along with less common offerings like chorizo and lengua (beef tongue). Service at the cash-only, no-frills mini-chain is quick and straightforward. Go for the super burrito, which includes sour cream, cheese, and avocado in addition to the usual rice, beans, and salsa.

2779 Mission St
San Francisco, CA 94110

3. Namu Stonepot

553 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94117

The casual spinoff of Cal-Asian restaurant Namu Gaji, Namu Stonepot is one of San Francisco’s hottest new options for a solid budget meal. Prices range from $3 for a Korean taco to $19 for a sizzling sisig (Filipino pork) entree. When in doubt, go for the eponymous stonepot rice bowls or the kimchi ramen stew with pork belly, rice cakes, and tofu. And if you can’t snag a seat at the handful of tables in the cozy space, get your order to go and head to the recently reopened Alamo Square or The Panhandle. Both parks are just a block or two away.

553 Divisadero St
San Francisco, CA 94117

4. Coqueta

Pier 5, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94111

For tapas with a view, feast at Coqueta on the Embarcadero. On this Pier 5 perch, patrons have a prime panorama of the bay and can catch a glimpse of Treasure Island and the Oakland bridge. The restaurant’s menu itself is no less exciting, featuring small plates like chicharron-crusted chicken croquetas and patatas bravas served with salsa and garlic aioli. Hungry or dining with companions (and can afford the 40-minute prep time)? Try the Gulf shrimp, clam, and chorizo paella.

Pier 5, The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Liholiho Yacht Club

871 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

Reservations book out a month in advance at Oahu-native and James Beard Best Chef finalist Ravi Kapur’s Liholiho Yacht Club. Luckily for last-minute planners and those who might be short on time, bar seats are easier to come by (especially before 6 p.m. on weeknights and 5 p.m. on weekends). Order like a local and ask for the off-menu spam, made in-house and served over furikake rice, or tuck into popular appetizers like tuna poke or beef tongue steamed buns. For something more filling, the grilled short rib with bone marrow, escargot, mushrooms, and horseradish is pure decadence.

871 Sutter St
San Francisco, CA 94109

6. The Pizza Shop

3104 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The best pizza shops are always the unassuming ones that let their slices do all the talking — and this one is no exception. Lovers of New York-style pizza flock to the simply named Pizza Shop for perfectly crispy crust with just the right amount of sauce. There are typically a dozen varieties waiting to be heated by the slice, be it white mushroom with ricotta and garlic or a pepperoni, sausage, and meatball combo called Meat-o. Whole pies are completely customizable, with 16 toppings to choose from.

3104 24th St
San Francisco, CA 94110

7. Bar Agricole

355 11th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

This James Beard Award-winner nails the craft cocktail and upscale bar food combination — a fact that’s reflected in its prices. Stop by for happy hour, though, and you’ll enjoy $1 oysters, $5 wine and vermouth drinks, and snack specials. The outdoor patio is lovely for a warm fall evening, plus its SOMA location means an easy commute or car ride after. Tip: Visit early during the week to beat the crowds.

355 11th St
San Francisco, CA 94103

8. B. on the Go

2794 California St, San Francisco, CA 94115

B. on the Go might have first drawn lots of attention thanks to ties to one of the city’s most beloved bakeries, but the airy corner sandwich shop undoubtedly stands on its own. Its porchetta sandwich achieves a harmonious balance of crunch and juiciness, while the roasted Brussels sprouts are satisfyingly savory with anchovy, lemon, and parmesan. Veggie-friendly highlights include a velvety tomato bisque and an earthy mushroom grilled cheese — all great options for a light but filling bite. And if you’re looking to end the meal on a sweet note, cross the street for a kouign amann at B. Patisserie.

2794 California St
San Francisco, CA 94115

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