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1700 Hayes St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Slider Shack's mini-sandwiches begin their trip to customers' stomachs long before the truck fires up its engine for the day. Their Moa-fried chicken breasts soak in brine for half a day before being fried in panko crumbs, and their Kalua Pork slow cooks for a minimum of 15 hours before landing on toasted Hawaiian buns with Polynesian green sauce and pickled red onions. And the tasty process can be traced back even further, to the grass that's fed to the cows at Marin Sun Farms, which grew using light from the sun, formed by the gravitational collapse of a molecular cloud 4.6 billion years ago. This attention to detail and dedication to quality food hasn't gone unnoticed; the truck has garnered quite a few press mentions in its few short years. John, a native of San Francisco and the truck's owner, shares a similarly lengthy story as his food, having left a life as a New York options trader in 2010 to return home and pursue his love of cooking for people.

Stanyan at Waller
San Francisco,
CA
US

Central Coffee Tea and Spice: A User’s Guide

Espresso-Focused Drink Menu | Daily Soup Specials | Bagels and Pastries | Hearty Café Food | Dog-Friendly Patio

Sample Menu

  • Drink: 16-ounce double latte
  • For breakfast: the lox special—fresh salmon, a toasted bagel, cream cheese, red onions, and capers
  • For lunch: spinach-pesto quiche and a cup of the day’s soup
  • For dinner: vegetable lasagna and a side salad

While You’re Waiting: Look around at the blue, orange, and yellow walls of the cozy café, where framed photos depict coffee farmers and other coffee-related imagery. The café also posts fliers for local events and concerts.

Inside Tips

  • If you like a particular blend, you can take it home. The café sells beans by the pound and half-pound.
  • Seating is limited, so you might be asked to share a table.
  • Each entree comes with a baguette and either soup or a side salad.
  • You can bring your own mug and receive a discount.
  • Take the dog along and relax out on the patio, a perfect spot for pup- and people-watching.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Learn to sew, craft leather jewelry, or make pickled veggies at Workshop (1798 McAllister Street).
After: Shop for art, retro toys, and kitschy T-shirts at Super7 (1427 Haight Street).

If You Can’t Make It, Try This: Pedal over to Mojo Bicycle Café (639 Divisadero Street).

1696 Hayes St
San Francisco,
CA
US

For a quick curry, San Francisco's Best of Thai Noodle is a great lunch or dinner spot. None of the fare at Best of Thai Noodle is low-fat, so you'll have to put the diet aside for a visit here. Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new. The whole family can enjoy a meal at Best of Thai Noodle with its kid-friendly fare. Big parties won't feel squeezed in at Best of Thai Noodle, which offers great seating for large groups.

Arrive fashionably early for your pick of tables — the restaurant does not accept reservations. Best of Thai Noodle tosses the jacket-and-tie dress code convention in favor of a more casual dining experience. For the tastes of Best of Thai Noodle from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services.

Best of Thai Noodle patrons can find street parking at the Haight St location.

You won't break the bank at Best of Thai Noodle, with a meal typically hovering below the $15 mark. It's strictly cash-only at Best of Thai Noodle, so make a trip to the ATM first.

1418 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

1900 Hayes St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Crepe Express

  • What they serve: sweet and savory crepes, baguette sandwiches, salads, and coffee drinks
  • Price point: under $10, with most items falling in the $4–$6 range
  • Inside the restaurant: wood-paneled walls, French posters, chalkboard menus, and a handful of tables to eat at
  • Inside the crepes: the La Madelaine is filled with turkey, melted cheddar, and mushrooms, whereas the sweet La Parisienne is stuffed with Nutella, bananas, and whipped cream

1476 Haight St
San Francisco,
CA
US

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