All the leaves are brown, and sky is (still) gray. Layer up, get out there for a walk, step on some crunchy leaves, and check out some rad restaurants. Autumn is a wonderful time to support the restaurants you love, so here are all the dining experiences we’re most excited about this fall … a.k.a. everywhere we want to eat right now.
1. Savor the last few days of ideal outdoor dining…
… by booking yourself a Resy at Prubechu. The picnic tables, the natural wines, the chill music, and that good Guamanian fare are unique and unlike any other. It’s a vibe.
2. Toast to the new season…
… by grabbing a bottle or two at Snail Bar, your favorite natty wine bar in Oakland. And don’t forget to order all the things to pair: plump and briny oysters, crunchy crudité sprayed with shio koji, and the best ham and cheese sandwich in life.
3. Check out a new opening.
Make time to check out all the new restaurants opening this season. You can find a list to all the latest restaurant openings in San Francisco here. Our pick of the season? Burdell in Oakland.
4. Take a weekend trip to Wine Country for harvest.
Head to Healdsburg’s Molti Amici, where a group of Single Thread alums are adding flair to Cal-Ital fare in the form of crudos, pizzas, handmade and extruded pastas, and more. Don’t forget to save room for tiramisu.
5. Check out a neighborhood you haven’t been to in a while.
For us, that’s the Outer Richmond. While you’re there, the best move is to dip into Pearl 6101 and grab a cocktail and some snacks, perhaps a Caesar salad for your health (topped with crispy prosciutto for good measure).
6. Ride your bike through Golden Gate Park.
And then reward yourself with a meal at Outerlands. Order lots of bread, some precise cocktails, and all the things on the menu.
7. Keep yourself warm and happy…
… with a big bowl of ramen at Ramen Shop in Oakland. Bonus points for making noodles in house, and extra bonus points for awesome small plates and cocktails to accompany.
8. Cozy up to a good book in the Mission.
9. Eat seasonally.
Now that gourds are almost in season, it’s time to go all in on it at your favorite restaurants. And there’s arguably no better restaurant that treats pristine produce better than the farm-to-table champion itself, Chez Panisse.
10. Brunch doesn’t always have to be basic.
Case in point: Mourad Lahlou’s modern Moroccan gem Aziza, where there’s much more exciting things than scrambled eggs. Just trust us.