Gourmet Paradise

There is no finer destination for foodies than San Francisco.

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San Francisco is the American foodie's ground zero. Local produce, artisanal cheeses, fantastic local seafood-Mother Nature has blessed this part of the world and creative chefs never tire of meeting her challenge. With so much happening, and such an incredible range of good eats, it's virtually impossible to choose the city's best restaurants. But here are a handful of native favorites.

Jardiniere 300 Grove St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 861-5555 www.jardiniere.com

This warm and elegant restaurant has been a San Francisco favorite for special nights out for more than a decade-and no wonder. Soft lighting, superb service, and constantly innovative French-American cuisine, keep the raves coming.

Dottie's True Blue Café 501 Jones St. San Francisco, CA 94102 (415) 885-2767

Family-owned Dottie's True Blue Café is beloved for its friendly vibe and delicious diner fare. Cornmeal blueberry pancakes and whiskey-fennel sausage are just a couple of the offerings that take "homey" to a new level.

Restaurant Gary Danko 800 North Point St. San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 749-2060 www.garydanko.com

One of the City by the Bay's most popular restaurants, year-in and year-out, Restaurant Gary Danko wows foodies with New American cuisine that's creative yet subtle. If you have time, try the tasting menu!

Chapeau! 1408 Clement St. San Francisco, CA 94118 415-750-9787

This romantic French favorite in the Richmond neighborhood gets high reviews for its foie gras, scallops, and sublime deserts.

Swan Oyster Depot 1517 Polk St San Francisco, CA 94109 (415) 673-1101

Long lines for a spot at the counter indicate something good is going on here: crusty bread, Anchor on tap, and fantastic seafood offerings make Swan Oyster Depot a perennial favorite.

Thanh Long 4101 Judah St San Francisco, CA 94122 (415) 665-1146 www.anfamily.com

The An family launched their restaurant dynasty (Beverly Hills and San Francisco branches of Crustacean are also theirs) with Thanh Long, one of San Francisco's first Vietnamese restaurants. Their roast crab with garlic sauce is legendary.