Ever since I was in high school, I’ve participated in Dine About Town (for those of you keeping score, that was about six years ago. Merp.).
D.A.T. is a biannual event where prominent restaurants across SF feature 2-course lunches and/or 3-course dinners for $18.95 and $36.95, respectively. It’s a thrifty way to check out restaurants you normally wouldn’t eat at and experience the menu in its entirety.
As an ode to Dine About Town, which kicked off yesterday and runs through the end of the month, I’m giving y’all the top 10 of my favorite restos to eat from! You can find the full list of restaurants and make reservations through the web site.
Because I do things before they’re cool, I already had my 3-course dinner experience last night with an awesome meal at Roka Akor. Check out the photos and my favorites list below!
All about D.A.T.
Not only am I a huge fan of their pastry chef, Bill Corbett, the savory options at this French spot are great. Try one of their sandwiches and naturally, don’t skip dessert.
My old pastry chef came from here, and knowing her talent, it’s no secret that this place is great. California cuisine mixed with spicy overtones – can’t go wrong.
This place has been open less than a year and is making waves. Go true British style and get fish and chips.
Best Signature Dishes:
I never get tired of this place. If you don’t get the burger, then don’t bother coming here.
In case you haven’t already heard, this is where the ramen burger happens. Get it.
Best Bang for Your Buck:
I have a hard time justifying paying a lot of money for Indian food when my mom is the best cook out there, but Amber does take this cuisine to another level. Don’t miss the veggie kofta and mango brûlée.
There’s no blowfish actually on the menu (or you might die), but there is an awesome albacore sashimi and beignets that while not French, are worth eating.
I just ate here last night and loved it. The miso cod was light and fluffy, and I could eat their pavlova every night forever.
Best Group Spots:
Don’t think that just because it’s in a mall it’s not good. This is great pizza, and the atmosphere would never let you think you are inside Westfield.
This is a pretty casual place, and not that expensive to begin with, but it’s a fun spot for homey food. Just get the mac and cheese and call it a day.