Looking for some food tourism and food gawking while you are in San Francisco for the AAA conference? Forget clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf! Here are a few suggestions:
Within walkable distance from the conference, the Ferry Building is a great place to get a snack and enjoy some of the Bay Area’s finest food vendors (Hog Island Oysters, Cowgirl Creamery, Acme Bread, Blue Bottle Coffee, to name a few). It is open daily (10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat & 11am-5pm Sun). The same venue hosts the outdoor Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesdays (10am-2pm), Thursdays (10am-2pm) and Saturday (8am-2pm).
Jump on BART and get off at 16th and Mission or take the historic F-Market tram up Market Street. Walk up to Valencia Street and take a left. There are lots of interesting shops and restaurants along Valencia. Walk two blocks and take a right on 18th Street. Pass Tartine Bakery and Delfina Pizzeria and continue on to the Bi-Rite Market, perhaps one of the best little grocery stores in the world. Grab a sandwich or walk across the street to the Bi-Rite Creamery for ice cream. Go and enjoy your loot in Dolores Park, just up the street. Check out Rachel Weidinger’s “We Are Very Hungry” exhibit at the 18 Reasons Gallery.