SF Food & Drink Report: The Marina

The Marina is one of San Francisco’s twelve districts that often has a polarizing reaction from people but those that love it swear it is the best part of SF. Personally, I could not imagine living anywhere else in the city. I’m a close walk to the beach and the park, and the food and dining options are AMAZING!

In general, San Francisco is a foodie’s heaven. Although you can find tantalizing dining options all around the city by the bay, the Marina district has quite a few gems that you just can’t help to keep coming back to.

For CCA’s neighborhood report, here are a few of my Marina faves:

The Brixton, located on Union Street between Fillmore and Webster, Brixton is a perfect place to kick off your night or grab that last drink before heading home. On a nice day grab a table on their patio and enjoy the sun and people watching with a delicious cocktail.

Dish to try: Grilled Steak and Potato Salad – Niman Ranch skirt steak marinated in rosemary and thyme served over warm fingerling potatoes, green beans, and bacon bits tossed in crème fraiche-whole grain mustard dressing. Wine: La Crema Pinot Noir Cocktail: Strawberry Don Royale – Blanco tequila, Falernum liqueur strawberry puree, lime, champagne. Served in a champagne glass.

Brixton's Grilled Steak & Potato Salad
Brixton's Grilled Steak & Potato Salad

Ottimista, a wine bar & restaurant is tucked away at the far end of Union Street at Laguna is definitely worth the walk.Known for their pizza and great patio, this is a great place to gather with friends!

Dish: Americano Pizza – topped with arugula, prosciutto, garlic, Parmesan. Wine: Montepulciano Farina, Abruzzo Cocktail: Rich Mahogany & Leather-bound Books – Templeton rye, Nocino walnut liqueur, orange bitters, flamed orange. Served up.

NectarLounge, this little wine bar is located on Steiner in between Chestnut Street and Lombard. My personal favorite, over California Wine Merchant, which is tough on my wallet and never seems to have an open seat. Nectar is my go to spot when I want to try a new wine and get some education as well J The staff at Nectar is extremely knowledgable about their wines and are always willing to take the time to educate you on what your drinking and the value is a welcome plus!

Dish: Truffled Mac’n’Cheese – creamy sauce of gorgonzola, goat and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses, bacon, bread crumbs with black truffle oil

Wine: Get a flight! Pinot envy is my favorite but they offer 4 different options from $17-$19!

Nectar Wine Flight

Nectar Wine Flight

Brazen Head French Onion Soup
Brazen Head French Onion Soup

Brazen Head, this intimate little joint, located on the corner of Greenwich and Buchanan, is fun to bring people who are visiting San Francisco. There is no sign to indicate its location so it feels almost as though you are letting someone in on a little secret when you bring him or her here! Their kitchen is open until 1am, and only takes cash or debit cards. A San Francisco classic!

Dish: French Onion Soup or Escargot with their crunchy garlic bread

Wine: Malbec

Cocktail: Dirty Vodka Martini – Extra cold, extra olives!

 Cheers to wining and dining dear friends! Enjoy!