The Millennial's Favorite SF Food
By: Blythe SInclair
Fine dining has become one of the staples of Millennial lifestyle, always documenting their food journeys and adventures. San Francisco has an extremely wide variety of food and tons of millennials! Read on for a list of fun restaurants and cafes that the millennials are checking out in the city of San Francisco.
Although this first restaurant isn’t actually in San Francisco, it is so delicious that it has to be included. Mua, located in Oakland, is an exciting and eccentric place, complete with live DJ and funky decor like mannequin heads, reclaimed bicycles, and deer heads topped with wigs and beanies. Mua serves upscale American food that doesn’t break the bank, offering items like Cheeseless Mac-n-Cheese, and Spicy Ahi Tuna Rolls, with refreshing drinks to wash them down. The live DJ makes you want to dance in your seat, sometimes making it a little difficult to hear from the opposite side of the table, but that doesn’t stop the fun. People come for the innovative dishes and drinks, as well as a hopeful chance to see Golden State Warriors player, Stephen Curry! Curry has become a regular at Mua over the past few years, so if you drop by on a day the Warriors are at home, keep your eyes peeled for Steph! It’s always crowded in the evenings, especially on the weekends, so make a reservation beforehand to guarantee fast seating.
The Brixton is located right in the heart of Union Street, complete with a bloody mary bar and bottomless coffee. The menu features new American food, offered from 11am until the late hours of the night, making it one of the few restaurants left in San Francisco that keeps its kitchen open all hours of operation. With a rock-band-record-covered wall in their expansive lounge, it creates a nostalgic environment that’s still up-to-date. After your meal, you can walk right out into the heart and hustle of Union Square!
Loló serves tapas and small plates, open from evening hours to late night, with extended hours on the weekends for brunch. The food lives up to the hype around the “high-brow” Mexican plates, and the interior doesn’t disappoint either. Starting from the outside, the restaurant is painted a bright blue that contrasts the sidewalk and immediately draws the eyes to it. Once inside, the visual journey continues with the red pinstriped beach bar and crazy bright wall decor perfect for great photo ops if you’re into that kind of thing, and if you’re a millennial, you’re definitely into that kind of thing. The walls are as bright as the plates that are on the menu, and you can never go wrong with complimentary chips and salsa. If the quirk of this place hasn’t been proved enough already, the checks come in cute shoes at the end of your meals! It sums up the overall feel of the food and atmosphere of Loló: unique and satisfying.
If you are looking for a fun restaurant with equally exciting plates as experience, Straw is the perfect place for you! Straw is an American restaurant that primarily serves breakfast and brunch that could send you home with a new cavity. The menu lists fun circus comfort food with an upscale twist— with interior decorations to match. Some popular dishes include the Famous Ringmaster Donut Burger, Savory Lamb Cupcakes with Mashed Potato topping, complimentary popcorn, and to top it all off, they even have a fun disappearing cotton candy drink for the adults who are young at heart. Definitely don’t dine here if you’re still trying to stick to a New Years diet because this food is hard to resist.
Lamb Cupcakes with Beet-Stained Mashed Potato Icing
After 11 years, Nopa is still going strong and has come to be known as one of the Bay Area's signature restaurants because of its menu that evolves constantly thanks to an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients. Nopa provides a menu full of Modern American-European food and an impressive drink program and has a boisterous atmosphere. The dining area features a giant wooden slab communal table, giving the space a cafeteria-type feel, but without the bad food and trash monitors. There is also an open kitchen concept, which allows you to watch your food being made if you have been seated above. This casually cool restaurant is perfect for a date night, but definitely make sure to book a reservation!
Teeth SF is a fun place to be, no matter what day of the week it is! Teeth opens in the evenings during the week, but opens earlier on the weekends for delicious brunch and bottomless mimosas. During the week, Teeth has fun nights with specials to go with them; Wednesday nights are 25¢ wing night, and Mondays are trivia night, when they offer a special of a burger and a pint for only $10. The most popular and unique plate that is listed on the menu is definitely the Totchos (tater tot nachos), which are topped with jalepeños, guacamole, olives, sour cream, and salsa
Totchos- Tater Tot Nachos
Craftsman and Woods
This cool new cafe perfect for reading a book or catching up with friends. The quaint patisserie has a location seated right in the Mission District and is open from morning until night. The fun pastries are definitely worth the prices, one of the best-sellers being “The Rebel Within,” which is a savory muffin with a fried egg baked into the interior and comes with a small vial of Tabasco salt. The creative presentation of the food and the modern style of this cute cafe pulls together for a nice, quiet place to hang out.
The Rebel Within