Contributed by: Colleen Edwards, CEO EMC Creative & Co-Chair of PCBC 2014
This year, if I have one wish for all of our visitors to San Francisco, it’s to inspire you to discover all of the great food outside of your hotel restaurants! Even if you don’t want to wander far from Moscone Center or Union Square, you have so many choices for lunch or dinner—all prices, all cuisines.
So let’s start with the Embarcadero—you’ve seen all of the changes from the window of a cab, so this year, get out, walk and wander and enjoy killer views while eating or drinking right on the bay.
The Ferry Building, at the foot of Market Street, is the best-known destination for local and visiting foodies, with well-known anchor The Slanted Door offering amazing Vietnamese-inspired food. If a white tablecloth restaurant isn’t your style, check out Gotts Roadside for amazing burgers, including a green chile cheeseburger that is swoon-worthy, especially when accompanied by draft beer and a side of ahi poke crispy tacos. The MarketBar and the Bouli Bar round out the Ferry Building’s places to meet, greet, drink and eat.
Along the Embarcadero, you’ll find a lot of variety in the foods available, both in the formality of presentation and the background of the recipes. La Mar, a Peruvian ceviche bar and seafood restaurant has a South American flavor, right down to some very interesting pomegranate-infused tequila cocktails. Add to the fantastic flavors a great outside deck for dining and drinking, and you have a whole different experience than something you might find in the Financial District.
If you have an extra hour or two in the late afternoon, you might head over to Hard Water, at Pier 3, where you can order a flight of whiskeys and some of the best bar food from the pork cracklings family.
Looking for something a little more dressed up? Sens, in Embarcadero 4, is located up on the promenade level with some smoking views across the bay. Their menu is Turkish-Greek-African, and the food is exquisite. For me to be pushing you to a restaurant in an office complex, it has to be good.
The Waterfront at Pier 7 is a perennial favorite—views, great menu and a lovely ambiance, inside and out. And if you’re that far down the Embarcadero anyway, you might consider the Fog City Diner, which recently re-opened after years away from the food scene. Heritage pork chop, roasted duck leg… it’s still got it going on, right there on Battery Street.
Now obviously, there is amazing food all over San Francisco, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention every single block of the Mission District; the old standbys like the Hayes Street Grill and Jardiniere, up above Van Ness; Kokkari and Quince in Jackson Square and Greens at Fort Mason. But there are months to go and more blogs to write before PCBC and I promise to get back to you with some other ideas for private events, in case you are planning something special for your company or clients.
Last but not least, I made a pledge to the BIA of the Bay Area that I wouldn’t sign off without mentioning the party we’re throwing on Wednesday night, from 9 pm till 1 am—at AT&T Park! It ties in with our food and dining theme, and let’s just say it is impossible to attend an event at AT&T Park and not come home smelling like garlic fries. So even if you’ve been out for dinner earlier in the evening, this is sure to be a party to savor—great food, drinks, and a price tag that you can handle – for $50 per person. All the details are on the website at pcbc.com. Just click HERE to register for and learn more about the party.
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