Northern California foodie adventurers, your favorite time of year is upon us once again. Yes, San Francisco Restaurant Week is coming with 10 long, glorious days of the best, most creative, most sensational prix fixe eating you can imagine. (No exaggeration — this is happening in one of the best restaurant cities in the world afterall!) The event begins January 21 until January 30, and if you’ve indulged in the gluttonous fun before (it was formerly known as “Dine About Town”), you know how fabulous it is. However, we do want to share one bit of news on the format: The event is now being managed by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA), and in addition to Lunch and Dinner menus, they’ve added a neat menu to the mix called the Discovery Menu. This option will be uniquely available at a select number of participating restaurants and gives chefs’ the freedom to “highlight farm relationships, winemaker partnerships, new dishes or cocktails.” Basically, expect some divine wine pairings and interesting dishes.
While that’s all exciting, there is a conundrum to contend with — which of the over 100 restaurants participating should you try? We’ve decided to point you in the right direction in that department and spotlight six Restaurant Week destinations that should satisfy just about every cuisine craving you could have. Or if you want to pick and choose for yourself, by all means — here’s the full list — have at it and enjoy!
Before we move on to our suggestions — here are a few key guidelines to keep in mind as you follow your path to culinary bliss:
1) Make a reservation, make a reservation, make a reservation
2) Be patient, even with a reservation, you may still have a little wait
3) Remember that prix fixe prices don’t include tax and tip
4) Speaking of tip — be generous, the wait staff will be working double time
Now, for the food….