San Francisco's beachfront area defies expectations for an oceanside community — it's less crowded, less expensive, and often colder than the rest of the city. Still, the beach vibes prevail in the form of laid back vibes, surfers galore, and plenty of places to reward yourself after a morning riding the waves. From late night Korean food to the O.G. of San Francisco's fancy toast, here are our places to feast near the majestic stretch of Ocean Beach.
Trouble Coffee. Coffee, cinnamon toast, and... coconuts? You bet. This pocket-sized Outer Sunset institution has it all, including fantastic drip coffee, thick sliced, amply buttered cinnamon toast, and yes, cold, fresh coconuts. Grab one of each and enjoy in the driftwood-centric parklet out front, or walk a few short blocks to the beach for breakfast with a view.
Java Beach Cafe. A steady crowd of regulars, hearty breakfasts, and solid sandwiches make this a true go-to neighborhood cafe. We love heading here for a bagel sandwich, a coffee, and a couple hours of work after a good taking a good thrashing in the morning surf.
Outerlands. We've never had a meal at Outerlands that's less than superb — from cornbread benedicts and thick-sliced sandwiches during weekday breakfasts and lunches to savory dutch babies and "eggs in jail" almost worth the three hour wait at weekend brunch. Dinner here is tops too, thanks to a soulful, locally-centric approach and a top-notch cocktail program.
Devil's Teeth Baking Company. Breakfast on the beach gets taken to new levels thanks to the epic, massively sized biscuit sandwiches at Devil's Teeth. Loaded with eggs, cheese, bacon, or avocado, one will set you up until dinnertime, though we wouldn't blame you for indulging in one of their marvelous cinnamon rolls, too. Expect lines on the weekend, but know that they're worth it — especially on Sundays when they're fresh-frying beignets.
Toyose. A hidden gem of Korean drinking food, tucked into a garage and open until 3 a.m.? Oh, yes. Toyose is the kind of restaurant that city legends are made of, and we're pleased to report that the spicy chicken wings, seafood pancake, and spicy kimchi stew are as delicious as the location is intriguing. Pair it all with healthy pours of soju and some ice cold Hite.
Thanh Long. This Vietnamese eatery is world famous for their roast crab and garlic noodles. At least, they should be — the former is tender, succulent, and dripping with garlic and butter. In case you need more garlic, those noodles are tender, pliant and big on flavor. You could stop there, but you'd be remiss not trying the shrimp toast, the garlic tiger prawns, and the salmon carpaccio.
[Photo: Devil's Teeth Baking Company]
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