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Cuisine is an integral part of any local culture, and no trip to San Francisco is complete without tasting the traditional San Francisco food. This directory offers information about the traditional dishes and drinks available in San Francisco to help visitors better understand the local food culture and make an informed decision when trying them.


  • Boiled Artichoke: artichoke, lemon, bay leaves, spices.
  • Crab Rangoon: are deep-fried dumplings served in American Chinese.
  • Dim Sum: small individual portions of food, usually served in a small steamer basket or on a small plate.
  • Hangtown Fry: a type of omelette made famous during the California Gold Rush in the 1850s.
  • Malfatti: ricotta and Swiss chard dumplings.
  • San Francisco Sourdough Bread: a dough containing a Lactobacillus culture, usually in symbiotic combination with yeasts.


  • Cioppino: a fish stew originating in San Francisco.
  • Clam Chowder: is any of several chowders containing clams and broth.


  • Celery Victor: an historical American marinaded celery salad.
  • Crab Louie: a type of salad featuring crab meat.
  • Green Goddess Dressing: it contains mayonnaise, sour cream, chervil, chives, anchovy, tarragon, lemon juice, and pepper.
  • Joe’s Special: a hearty mixture of beef, onions, spinach and eggs.
  • Warm Goat Cheese Salad: peppers, aubergine, courgette, goats' cheese, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, herbs and spices.

Main courses

  • American Chop Suey: meat and eggs, cooked quickly with vegetables such as bean sprouts, cabbage, and celery and bound in a starch-thickened sauce.
  • BBQ Oyster: oysters are cooked on the grill in the shell, then seasoned with lemon juice, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Chicken Jerusalem: chicken breasts baked with a creamy white wine sauce.
  • Fried Sand Dabs: fried white-fleshed fish with an egg wash and seasoned flour.
  • Grilled Fresh Sardines: are one of the most unheralded treats of summer.
  • Pan Fried Rex Sole: Rex Sole is often overlooked in favor of the more popular species of what is considered flat fish.
  • Petrale Sole with Lemon Butter Sauce: a Pacific flounder that is served with a quick sauce made with shallots, white wine, and butter.
  • Roasted Dungeness Crab: the buttery sauce that coats the crab meat and the shells is part of the pleasure of this dish.
  • San Francisco Oyster Loaf: a thick chunk of crusty bread hollowed out and stuffed with fried oysters.


  • Blueberry pie: one of the most traditional desserts during summertime.
  • Fortune Cookie: made from flour, egg whites, sugar, vanilla, and oil or butter with a "fortune" wrapped inside.
  • Ice Cream Pie: graham cracker, ice cream, fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts.
  • IT'S-IT Ice Cream: ice cream sandwiched between two oatmeal cookies and covered with dark chocolate.
  • Jelly Belly: brand with a wide variety of jelly bean flavors.
  • Popsicle: ice pop or freezer pop.

Fast food

  • San Francisco Burrito: a type of burrito, originally a Mexican-American food, that originated in San Francisco, California.

Street food

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Drinks (Alcoholic)

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