A Day in the Bay
The two of you have arrived in the “City by The Bay” and are looking for places to eat and relax in between seeing all of the sites the city has to offer. Time to open up the Food Fights app and see what other users tried at the places below.
by Lance Roylo
Back in 2009, brothers Jerad and Justin Morrison began serving coffee on a cart in San Francisco’s SoMA district in an old warehouse that would eventually become the company HQ. As their production continued to grow, so did the number of fans who came to appreciate the attention to detail they put into everything from the quality of their coffee to the very artsy SoMA-ish to-go cups fans have come to love. Sightglass has 3 brick and mortar locations and on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, you can find them in front of the Ferry Building for the CUESA Farmer’s Market. They tend to have quick-moving lines and for good reason, the single-origin pour-over is more than worthy of the wait.
The Grove - Yerba Buena
Ok, now that you’re caffeinated, it’s time to get some food. The Ferry Building is full of great eats, but if you’re willing to take a short walk, you won’t be disappointed. Created by Kenneth Zankel and Anna Veyna Zankel, The Grove Yerba Buena location opened in 2010 with three other locations spread throughout the city with the first dating back to 2002. Eating here is a unique experience. The seating inside is adorned by 5 floor-to-ceiling trees that give off a “log cabin” vibe that separates you from the city just outside the doors. The outside seating area is our favorite, you can be just steps away from the hustle and bustle from the city while eating one of the best breakfasts in town. The Grove is constantly busy so a short wait can be expected, but trust us, the food is more than worth the wait. We love their breakfast burrito and eggs benedict. The breakfast burrito is delicious and like the eggs benedict, it’s classically good. There’s nothing too fancy here, and there’s no need for it. The ingredients like the service here are of high quality, and it shows.
Craftsman & Wolves
Sightseeing is tiring and it’s time for a break. If you need a mid-day pick-me-up, Craftsman & Wolves is the spot. The owners describe their company as a “contemporary pâtisserie and cafe” and that’s exactly what it is. The interior is airy, with tall ceilings and light peaking from its windows and skylight just right. If some emails or light work need to be done, this is a perfect place to feel inspired. During our last visit, we tried the chocolate croissant and kouign-amann and they were amongst the best we’ve ever had, and we’ve had our share of baked goods. The menu is ever-changing so get what looks good to you, whatever it is, there’s a high chance it will be amazingly well made and equally as tasty.
Original Pattern Brewing Company
It’s nearing dinner time so it’s time to start winding down. There is an abundance of breweries in the bay area and we could do an article on that alone but we’ll save that for a later time. For now, let’s focus on one of our favorites. Original Pattern Brewing is an award-winning employee-owned brewery and tasting room in nearby Oakland. The care and attention to detail to their craft is apparent from the second you walk in. These guys take beer seriously. The beer choices rotate frequently but on our last visit we enjoyed the Easy Does It DOUBLE IPA with its hints of berries and mango and their Ramble On HAZY PALE ALE with its hints of passion fruit. If you get a chance to visit these great locales, we encourage you to share your shots as well as other gems you may find in the city on the Food Fights app for iOS.