Best Hole-in-the-Wall Food in San Francisco

San Francisco is known for having some of the best foods in the world when it comes to endless fresh seafoods, unforgettable sourdough breads and everyone’s favorite: Ghirardelli chocolates. Also included on San Francisco best foods list should be some of the many unbelievable “hole-in-the-wall” eating establishments that also provide an incredible culinary experience. Our best picks, listed in alphabetical order, are:

The Blue Plate – located in the outer Mission neighborhood, The Blue Plate was the winner of the 2016 Diner’s Choice Award. Serving their own, “American fare with a Mediterranean twist,” they also boast of using the best Northern California produce from local farms.

Brenda’s French Soul Food – with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, owner and chef extraordinaire, Brenda, turned from her love and gift of art to providing customers with an incredible best San Francisco food experience. Continually excelling in the food and restaurant arena, she has received many accolades for her soul food fare.

The Front Porch –  with so many great reviews regarding their culinary delights, their southern-style chicken meals are intended to provide a one-of-a-kind palate pleasure. Formerly a popular place for the rich and famous, there is no additional cost for rocking in one of their many rocking chairs.

Nob Hill – this literal “hole in the wall” (based on its size) states on their website, “We specialize in authentic, home-style Italian food. We are a family owned restaurant that has thrived in San Francisco’s Nob Hill neighborhood for 20 years. Enjoy our cozy atmosphere and delicious food, which will keep you and your guests coming back for more.”

Tommy’s Joynt – as mentioned on their website, Tommy’s Joynt is the Original Hof-Brau of San Francisco and is one the longest living culinary institutions. Unchanged, year after year, their hot food and cold drinks parry their no-frills, best food atmosphere.

Cordon Bleu – this no-more-than-twenty-seat Vietnamese restaurant finds people coming from all over town to treat themselves to their signature dish: five-spiced roasted chicken on a tall bed of rice with a meaty sauce. Cordon Bleu is known for its huge portions and homemade style and is a must on San Francisco’s best food list.

Sam Wo – Known as the oldest restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown, as their website states, Sam Wo, “was built shortly after the 1906 earthquake at the original location (813 Washington Street) by three immigrant siblings from the village of Taishan, China.” And is, “famous for inexpensive barbecue pork rice noodle rolls and porridge called jook until 3:00AM.”


When it comes to San Francisco’s city life, there are always more places and events to see than time allows, including enjoying so many best food meals that are quick to offer great flavor in an unforgettable atmosphere.

If these places aren’t big enough for your company event, Handheld Catering’s San Francisco Bay Area catering services can provide fresh and delicious food for your special event right to your doorstep or in a special venue. Gives us a call at 408-692-4782 or by emailing to discuss your event.

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