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The Cow Hollow Guide

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The Cow Hollow Guide

PHOTOS: Walkertwo SFO

While there may not be cows, there are burgers and cheese and plenty more good things to be had on Union St. and its environs. Cow Hollow usually gets looped into the Marina, but it’s a unique neighborhood and deserves to stand on its own. Be proud, Cow Hollow! And go eat at these places.

The Spots

1
6.7
MAP

A solid spot for breakfast and brunch, Rose’s opens early and makes an exceptional smoked salmon breakfast pizza. The outdoor tables are worth waiting for – grab a coffee across the street at Wrecking Ball to kill time.

2

Terzo

Cow Hollow , Marina
3011 Steiner St.
8.1
MAP

Definitely the best dinner restaurant in the area. Good vibes, great wine, lots of bar seats, and awesome Mediterranean-influenced food. We always get the hummus, grilled calamari, and chicken spiedini. To start.

3
7.8
MAP

The capital of girls’ night out. This may have the most homogenous clientele we’ve ever encountered, but we also can’t deny our love for the themes behind this newish spot (alcohol, dairy products). We put our full endorsement behind the Mt. Tam cheese, whipped burrata, octopus and roasted veggies. Small plates > juice cleanses.

4

Marengo

1980 Union St
MAP

One of the best days you can have in Cow Hollow involves staking out some high top tables in the back of Marengo when the roof’s open and consuming many, many sliders, sweet potato fries, and, if you want a semblance of health, surprisingly good salads. Drinks flow freely and sports are on TV. What more could you ask for?

5

Tacko

3115 Fillmore St
MAP

Basically the same food as Nick’s Crispy Tacos in Russian Hill, only lacking the chandeliers and Soviet sex den vibe. The guacamole is on point, and the street tacos are always the move. You can technically order a lobster roll, but just because there are pictures of Nantucket on the walls doesn’t mean that’s a good choice.

6

Lasan

Cow Hollow
3145 Fillmore St.
8.2
MAP

Hands down, our favorite Indian food in the city. The goat cheese naan and tandoori seavbass are incredible. The scene can be a little dead, but don’t let that scare you off. Their takeout game is also strong.

7

Pizzeria Avellino

2769 Lombard St
MAP

While it may not look like much from the outside, Pizzeria Avellino is some of the best NY style pizza around, with thin, crispy crust and copious amounts of cheese. AND you can get it by the slice. Fold that up and inhale it.

8

The Brazen Head

3166 Buchanan St
MAP

A trip back in time to old-school San Francisco. Brazen Head is basically unmarked, but the throwback steakhouse is worth a visit for its French onion soup, escargot, burgers, and petit filet. It’s dark and cozy and always a good time. And we can say with 100% certainty you won’t see that girl from yoga class.

9

Balboa Cafe

3199 Fillmore St
MAP

The drinks are strong, the outdoor tables are ideal, and the eggs benedict or burger at brunch paired with a bloody mary will make your day. This is also the best spot for cougar-hunting in the city of San Francisco.

10

Atelier Crenn

3127 Fillmore St
MAP

If you’re looking to have a very, very fancy meal in Cow Hollow, this is your best (and only) option. While the menu may look clinically insane (because it’s…a poem), you’ll have a memorable culinary experience here with beautiful, albeit extremely expensive, food.

11

Marina Submarine

2299 Union St
MAP

A classic Cow Hollow deli featuring a dude (Tony) who’s worked there forever, Marina Sub is the place for gigantic sandwiches on the go. We’re partial to the Atomic.

12

Belga

Cow Hollow
2000 Union St.
6.1
MAP

Belga is a great spot to grab a beer and snack on sausages and meat plates. We aren’t in love with all of the food here, but it’s a great spot to have in your roster when outdoor tables and people watching are your priorities.

13

Baker Street Bistro

2953 Baker St
MAP

Local vibes here are STRONG. The place’s hodgepodge of random wall decorations, Christmas lights year round, and friendly staff make this place feel like a true “neighborhood” bistro. French toast and benedicts for brunch and mussels and seafood stew for dinner with excessive amounts of bread are the jam here. Oh, and the chef is for real from France. AUTHENTICITY.

14
7.1
MAP

Like late night food in SF, friendly French people are a myth. Except at Gamine, the myth is real. These people are NICE to you as they bring out top-notch mussels, French onion soup, and a kickass steak frites. And best of all, there’s usually a minimal wait.

15

Final Final

2990 Baker St
MAP

One of our go-to spots for watching sports and eating unhealthy amounts of free popcorn. The other food options range from hot dogs to a bagel and cream cheese, so we’d advise you stick with beer and popcorn.

16

Palm House

2032 Union St
MAP

Alcoholic slushies = one of the best happy hours around.

17

The Brick Yard

1787 Union St
MAP

Another solid spot for beers and game watching. Weekend brunch here is also surprisingly not terrible.

18

Rapha Cycle Club

2198 Filbert St
MAP

Does your idea of spinning have nothing to do with SoulCycle? Then Rapha is your people. This bike shop serves Four Barrel Coffee, awesome pastries from around the city, and will also sell you some padded spandex shorts. There are also some nice benches outside you should try to snag.

19
MAP

Perfect lattes, friendly people, and an open-door policy towards dogs. We love all these things, and so does Infatuation SF pup Thor.

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