On the menu in San Francisco at AUA 2010

May 1, 2010

San Francisco has cuisine to satisfy any taste buds. From dim sum to gnocchi, use this guide to map out your dining tour of the city by the bay. Note: All phone numbers use the area code 415.

AMERICAN

Bix56 Gold St. (near Jackson St.)/ 433-6300
Recommended foods to try at this supper club include the pork loin chop and Bananas Foster.

Boulevard 1 Mission St. (at Steuart St.)/ 543-6084
Boasting views of the Bay Bridge, this city favorite has won Zagat Survey's "Most Popular Restaurant" for 5 years. Full bar.

Firefly4288 24th St. (at Douglass St.)/ 821-7652
Try comforting American food in a warm atmosphere.

One Market1 Market St. (at Steuart St.)/ 777-5577
This Embarcadero hot spot boasts an unbelievable Caesar salad and a three-course seasonal menu for under $50.

FRENCH

Jardiniere300 Grove St. (at Franklin St.)/ 861-5555
This spot is near the opera and symphony. It specializes in seared scallops with truffled mashed potatoes and crispy duck confit salad. Full bar.

La Folie2316 Polk St. (near Green St.)/ 776-5577
Sample the parsley and garlic soup with snails, roasted quail, and foie gras lollipops, or braised beef short ribs. Full bar.

Masa's 648 Bush St. (at Powell St.)/ 989-7154
The quarter-century old restaurant stands near the top of the list of white-tablecloth restaurants in the city. Offering an impressive selection of meats and seafoods, it also features an all-vegetable menu.

ITALIAN

Acquerello1722 Sacramento St. (near Polk St.)/ 567-5432
Top-notch treatment and wonderfully prepared food are signature ingredients to the success of this restaurant. Specialties include homemade pasta with foie gras and black truffles and parmesan budino with warm asparagus and pea shoots.

Antica Trattoria2400 Polk St. (at Union St.)/ 928-5797
For less expensive food that is a cut above, try Antica Trattoria, where specialties include pancetta-wrapped lamb sirloin or gnocchi. Beer and wine.

Bar Bambino2931 16th St. (near Capp St.)/ 701-8466
There's an olive oil tasting on the menu, not to mention an impressive cheese room in this Mission District restaurant. Specialties include meatballs with tomato and chard and cheese and salami service.

Delfina3621 18th St. (betw. Dolores and Guerrero)/ 552-4055
The small, moderately priced restaurant features such entrees as Massachusetts dayboat scallops with Jerusalem artichoke puree and Pappardelle and pork sugo. Beer and wine.

Perbacco230 California St. (near Battery St.)/ 955-0663
Exceptional options include house-cured meats, tender pastas, and melt-in-your-mouth long-braised dishes.