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Food 411: San Francisco

Posted on | June 19, 2012 | Comments

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Food 411: San Francisco

If you’re the type of diner who orders the same items off of the menu every time you eat out, this article may not be for you. If, on the other hand, you’re the type that is always to trying something new, you’ll love what you’re about to read. There are exciting adventures waiting for diners just about everywhere these days. Here are some of the hottest trends going on in San Francisco this year:

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1.Vegetables for Dessert

Are you looking for a way to get your daily serving of vegetables? Creative chefs across the city are adding vegetables to their dessert creations and offering diners exciting choices that are a world away from vanilla ice cream. While carrots have long been the staple of one of the world’s favorite cakes, eggplants, beets and even hot peppers are moving to the top tier of the dessert cart.

2.Hand Pulled Noodles

If you’ve ever found yourself in a Japanese restaurant being thrilled by the showmanship of a knife wielding chef cooking your dinner in plain sight, you’ll love the pulled noodle trend. Both tasty and fun to watch, pulled noodles are made fresh and entirely by hand. You’ll be amazed at the artistry involved in turning a lump of dough into a mountain of beautiful noodles.

3.Infusions and Cocktails

There’s no doubt that there will always be a place in everyone’s heart for the classic Martini or a great pint of ale, but the new trend in cocktails lies in unique flavors. Look for your next tumbler of vodka to taste faintly of a sourdough grilled cheese sandwich and your beer to taste slightly fruity. Drinkers in the know will sidle up to the bar and order Zwack, a Hungarian liqueur made with a special blend of herbs and spices. If that all sounds a bit too adventurous for you, try Beranjager instead! The honey-flavored liqueur is a great first step down the path of new and exciting adult beverages.

4.Ethnic Foods

If your idea of ethnic foods is limited to pizza and Taco Bell, it’s time to expand your horizons. Modern Thai cuisine is becoming an extremely popular choice in the dining world, and you can find Indian restaurants, kiosks and even food trucks popping up around the city. If hot and spicy doesn’t appeal to you but savory and flavorful does, look for Hungarian, Polish or German restaurants instead.


There’s a new “hot list” of ingredients every year. Look for flavored marshmallows, duck and goose eggs, and even a new assortment of spices to top this year’s list. If you see bones on the menu, don’t panic! Marrow, ham and rib bones are being used in creative ways in your favorite restaurants.

There’s no reason to be meek when it comes to your dining experience. Follow your mother’s advice and try it before you decide that you don’t like it. You might be surprised to find out what an adventurous eater you can be. If there’s anywhere in America that will turn you into a foodie, it’s San Francisco.

Leslie Newton is a freelance blogger and occasionally writes for delivery.com a site she loves using to find local San Francisco Food DeliveryOnline Chinese Delivery

About the Author

Jennifer Petersen is a tea enthusiast, Certified Tea Professional, teaches various aspects about tea as a business, and a marketing consultant to the beverage industry. Always fascinated by other people who love tea, she is a life-long student and admirer of those who choose tea as a lifestyle.