Ferry Building

Food heaven, no joke

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If your idea of heaven includes grass fed beef burgers, organic hot dogs, Blue Bottle Coffee, Daniel Patterson crafted sandwiches, and the finest pistachio gelato in the United States; look no further. If you need a bit more convincing, keep reading.

After the World Series earthquake destroyed the freeway that once ran through the city, smartie pants San Francisco decided to create a space to honor its legendary cuisine. These days you can board a ferry to the east bay, Sausalito and Tiburon, and even Vallejo (the gateway to Napa Valley).

Now don’t start imagining some dried up ferry terminal. Rather, this light-filled lofty building cradles some of the most innovative food purveyors in the world. Families line up at Gott’s Roadside to eat burgers and sweet potato fries on picnic tables (don’t forget the seasonal pumpkin milkshake—yum!). Adults drink their woes away at the wine bar. Brave teens shuck oysters and tweens take big bites of steamed buns at Out the Door.

Basically, whatever kind of picky eater you lug around with you will find something to enjoy here—and if all else fails, head out here on a Farmer’s Market day (Tuesday and Saturday mornings) and watch as your kid explores the lines of vegetables, fawning over the colors of nature’s bounty. Or hit up the food trucks that congregate outside on Thursdays.

When the lines at the bathrooms downstairs get too long, you can sneak upstairs (go back out front to the outdoor staircase and enter from just under the clock tower) and change a diaper or nurse the babes in the ones upstairs.

BART/Muni: Embarcadero Station.

At A Glance

101 The Embarcadero
San Francisco
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