Top Picks from Eater SF Editors: Must-Try Dishes of the Week

San Francisco and the greater Bay Area are a paradise for food enthusiasts, with a myriad of culinary delights waiting to be explored. While some eateries may disappoint, many others offer unforgettable experiences. Our team of food critics and editors regularly scours the local food scene, sampling a variety of dishes to bring you the highlights of our culinary adventures.

Turner’s Kitchen’s Buffalo Bill 3.0 Sandwich

Lauren Saria

When the sun shines brightly, my appetite inevitably turns towards something hearty and satisfying. Recently, I ventured to Turner’s Kitchen, a modest sandwich shop nestled quietly on 17th Street near Guerrero. The star of my visit was the Buffalo Bill 3.0 sandwich, a substantial creation that demanded both hands to enjoy fully. 

It featured generous slices of roasted turkey, creamy white cheddar, and a vibrant buttermilk ranch coleslaw, bursting with herby flavors and a delightful crunch. The addition of a rich brown butter buffalo sauce provided a tantalizing heat that elevated the sandwich to new heights. As an adventurous side, I chose the intriguingly named Robin Leach “chips and caviar.” 

Despite the absence of actual caviar, the dish included crispy salt and pepper chips topped with sour cream, dill, and a generous portion of tobiko, adding a touch of elegance to the meal. This combination made for a memorable takeout experience, perfect for savoring on a sunny day in one of San Francisco’s many parks. Turner’s Kitchen, 3505 17th Street, B, San Francisco.

Kiri’s Sesame Chicken

Paolo Bicchier

Kiri’s sesame chicken is a tribute to San Francisco’s culinary heritage, with a contemporary twist. On a late April evening, I found myself at New Taraval Cafe, where Kiri’s pop-up had taken residence. The place was buzzing with diners enjoying a range of delectable dishes. The sesame chicken stood out, offering a crispy, flavorful bite reminiscent of the beloved, now-closed Hisago’s version. 

The dish was accompanied by a wedge of citrus, which added a refreshing counterpoint to the rich flavors. The vibrant atmosphere and the expertly prepared chicken reminded me of the bustling tables at San Tung. This dish is perfect for sharing, especially if you start with their neba neba salad and finish with a delightful Japanese custard. 

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Fare Play’s Blooming Caesar Salad

Dianne de Guzman

After a long workday, sometimes the best remedy is a comforting meal at a welcoming eatery. Fare Play offers just that, turning ordinary dinners into memorable experiences. During my recent visit, I was captivated by their Blooming Caesar Salad, a vibrant mix of fresh spring greens, colorful carrots, and crunchy upcycled potato skins.

 Tossed in a sublime Caesar dressing by chef Brendan Blaine Darby and topped with a fluffy cloud of Parmesan cheese, this salad was a standout. My dining companion and I found ourselves repeatedly returning to it throughout our meal. 

Fare Play’s inviting atmosphere and the team’s warmth, led by Sergio Garrido-Ramirez, make for a truly delightful dining experience. This pop-up has quickly become a favorite, and I’m already planning my return visit before it concludes at the end of June. Fare Play, 167 11th Street, San Francisco.

Conclusion

Every week, our explorations across the Bay Area reveal new culinary treasures. From hearty sandwiches at Turner’s Kitchen to innovative pop-ups like Kiri and Fare Play, there’s always something exciting to discover. Stay tuned for more delicious recommendations and continue to enjoy the rich, diverse food scene that San Francisco has to offer.

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