the mission district’s best restaurants.

tuna tartare (the best tuna tartare i’ve ever had!)


yuca fries (these are too good!) 

roasted veggies and rotisserie chicken



i really need to put myself on an eating out ban because i go out to eat far too much. but it’s so difficult not to when there are so many great restaurants around every corner in my neighborhood! so i’ve been really thinking it through and trying to figure out what my absolute favorite restaurants are in the neighborhood and these are the yummy places i had to share with you all…

1. limon i love peruvian food and i especially love all of the healthy options at this restaurant. their ceviche is excellent and from what i hear the chicken is awesome too (i don’t eat chicken so i will just have to take my friend’s word on that one). really everything i’ve had at this place has been phenomenal. the only thing about limon is that more often than not there is an extremely long wait. i have found that going during the day for lunch is best as far as avoiding a wait is concerned. seriously, this place is sooooo good. don’t the photos make you hungry?! there are two locations in the mission district: 1) limon restaurant @ 524 valencia st. sf 2) limon rotisserie @ 1001 s van ness ave. sf

2. weird fish– this place has been documented on the blog more than once (here and here). it’s a great place for both vegans and seafood lovers. everything is locally sourced and organic which is always a plus. they also have great lunch and happy hour specials! as a matter of fact, my husband, a few friends, and i will be treating ourselves to weird fish today for lunch! located @ 2391 mission st. sf

3. bar tartine (out of all the restaurants i’ve tried in the city, this one is my ABSOLUTE favorite- limon is a close second). this place has amazing food, wine, atmosphere, and service. i have an entire post about it here. brian and i went there for the first time a couple of weeks back and we are already planning a return with a bunch of friends! i can’t wait. reservations are highly recommended. located @ 561 valenica st. sf

4. tokyo go go (some photos here)- this sushi spot has a great happy hour from 5-7 monday thru friday which includes hand-rolls for $3.50, various appetizers ranging from 3-4 bucks, and well cocktails for $5. their sushi is really good- i recommend the fish taco sushi roll. it’s one of the best rolls i’ve ever had and i’ve never been to another sushi place that makes anything like it. also, the french pear martini is mmm! good (it’s made with grey goose- i’m sort of a vodka snob). it’s by far my favorite cocktail on the menu! located @ 3174 16th street. sf

so if you are traveling to san francisco and/or heading to the mission district you may want to check out one or all four of these gems. take it from this “professional” diner, you will not be disappointed!


foreign cinema.

this birthday year i decided i wanted to eat, eat, and eat some more and that i did! in good company, of course! i’m so grateful that i was able to celebrate the passing of yet another year (time flies!) with my husband brian and friends that are more like family. saturday night brian, our “frimily”(amy, anne, alexis, and jen), my brother-in-law cory, and i went to foreign cinema. we had such a great time! the atmosphere was really beautiful and the food was yummy. it’s the perfect place for a date or small dinner party! also, we all enjoyed seeing the projection of the red violin. i will be renting that film now. it looks like my eternal video renting issue will be resolved for at least one visit to lost weekend video.


my lovely ladies: anne and alexis. 

now for a lil’ instagram action…

jen, i love you! 

hey, let’s find each other on instagram!

bar tartine.

i’m often asked what my all time favorite restaurant is in the city and to be honest, i was never able to give a definite answer- until now. the other night, to celebrate my growing another year older (hints about my exact age are in this post!), brian and i headed to bar tartine, which is now my favorite restaurant in the city. and since i’m on this trying to learn how to cook kick, i will need to get a hold of the bar tartine cookbook. every single item we tried was to die for. seriously!

they have the best bread ever! it comes from their bakery tartine. i mean to tell you, that bread is something else! they serve the bread with high grade olive oil mixed with fennel. there are no words!

i’m ashamed that i didn’t get photos of all the food and drinks we ordered. i was sort of a slacker this time. brian was really hungry and sometimes he (understandably) gets tired of waiting for me to take photos before we start eating. i’m one of those. hehe… it’s annoying.

this is the dish that brian ate as his main, but he let me try some. sunflower seed, peeled tomatoes, and avocado dip. DELISH!

these were the best brussel sprouts i have ever had! who would think to throw some mint in there? amazing! seriously, i couldn’t get over how fantastic these brussel sprouts were. i mean i think brian wanted to tell me to shut up at the table because i was ranting and raving incessantly about how much i loved them. he didn’t though- instead he saved the last bites for me. i love that man!

the pickled red cabbage was really good- savory and crunchy. we loved the hints of ginger.

this beet tart was simply scrumptious! it was vegan too… they just put the ice cream and meringue on the side for me. mmmm!

so going back to the thesis of this post, hands down, bar tartine was by far the best restaurant i’ve had in the city. every detail was satisfying and perfect! tonight we are heading to foreign cinema for dinner. let’s see how they measure up. perhaps, i will have a sf’s best list soon. 🙂

happy eating!

instagood times.

the brother/b-day boy

last saturday we had another delightful afternoon at weird fish, one of our favorite eateries in the neighborhood. we decided to take brian’s brother, cory, for a belated birthday celebration. it was so nice sitting with friends on a warm afternoon sipping sangria and munching on fried calamari and fish tacos.

it was really lovely hanging out with anne and jen at the same time. we all used to work together and were able to share laughs and lunch breaks on a daily basis. i can’t count how many lunches we’ve spent together at moonrise café in bernal heights. but now we’ve all gone our separate ways professionally, so sadly our visits aren’t as frequent. boo! anyway, it was really nice spending some quality time with my husband and friends over yummy food on a sunny saturday afternoon.

now it’s time for me to start packing for mexico… we leave tomorrow! woo-hoo!

p.s. you can find me on instagram @pastthemission