This edition of Friday Fives comes from our friends at the rapidly growing San Francisco bureau of BuzzFeed. Since setting up shop in December, they've gone from one person to 11, and have already started serving up scoops. The team, headed up by Mat Honan (@mat) is of course covering everything from Apple TV to Meerkat, but they're also doing things like infiltrating the secret room at The Battery and asking bros on Tinder for startup ideas.
Along with all of that, they're of course also eating and drinking - so check out their picks for SF's best burrito (not to be confused with the heaviest burrito), best place to day drink, and more.
BuzzFeed SF's "Perfect For" Picks
El Farolito (2779 Mission St.) - "San Francisco’s burrito war limps on and on and on like a droopy Chipotle taco — we’ve gotten more reader tweets over burritos than any other topic — so we’re here to settle things once and for all. El Farolito. Next question."
Cha-Ya (762 Valencia St.) - "This cash-only vegan/vegetarian Japanese establishment is absolutely worth the ATM fee. The dengaku, a plate of broiled eggplant, portobello mushroom, and tofu conservatively dressed with a miso glaze, is delectable AF. Another stellar dish is the dobin mushi, a soup served in a mother freaking tea pot."
Brenda’s Meat and Three (919 Divisadero St.) - "A spinoff of the popular Brenda’s French Soul Food, this cozy spot in the Western Addition serves up warm and filling Southern cuisine. The rules of San Francisco brunch dictate that you’ll probably have to wait a few minutes (which you can spend strolling through nearby Alamo Square). But delicious rewards await in the form of the Delta scramble, which is packed with oysters and shrimp, and melt-in-your-mouth biscuits. Wash it all down with a spicy Creole Bloody Mary."
Dante's Weird Fish (2193 Mission St.) - "Dante’s packs an awesome space with friendly service and delicious food. What’s better, they have bottomless mimosas, which the staff aren’t shy about refilling. And unlike most other Mission area brunch spots — OK, every single Mission brunch spot — there’s hardly ever a wait."
First/Early In The Game Dates
The Residence (718 14th St.) - "Nestled conveniently at the nexus of several Muni lines, The Residence is way less scene-y than nearby Churchill and has everything you need to soothe the stress of that awkward first Tinder date: a quiet atmosphere, comfy plush couches and strong whiskey cocktails. After you throw back a couple of their potent old fashioneds, you won't feel so bad about bidding your lackluster date a quick goodbye and bolting for the J Church."