A Perfect Day of SF Meals from Chef Chris Bleidorn of Birdsong
One chef’s picks for pizza, cioppino, Bloody Marys and more
We’ve been telling you to go to Birdsong since it opened last spring.
Today, head chef Chris Bleidorn — formerly of Saison and Atelier Crenn — is telling us where to go.
Specifically, with his picks for the best breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner in the city. Plus: his choice for the best late-night pizza.
We’re not not daring you to knock them all out in one day.
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Breakfast: 20th Century Cafe
“I love the antique service pieces, the music and the food’s fine simplicity. Also, you can’t forget about the honey cake. I am not typically big on cakes — but this honey cake is such a light, delicate, not overly sweet treat. I really enjoy eating it with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning.”
Brunch: Monsieur Benjamin
“Well executed, delicious comfort food with tasty cocktails. Great place that you are always assured a satisfying brunch. My favorites are the chicken liver terrine, the hamburger and the eposisses toast. They have one of the best Bloody Marys in the city.”
Lunch: Molinari Delicatessan
“Great Italian cold cut. Pro tip: leave off the mayo and mustard (which by the way has no place on an Italian sandwich). Then replace those ingredients with vinegar, oil and oregano.”
Dinner: Sotto Mare
“Sotto Mare is a such a nice example of great hospitality. It’s a San Francisco institution run by a husband-and-wife team. Every time I visit, I feel like they’re inviting me into their home. It brings me back to when my Italian immigrant grandmother cooked us old-school classics, and my family gathered around the dinner table for supper. Though we enjoy almost everything there, my wife and I enjoy the cioppino the most. It’s our favorite one in town!”
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Late-night cheap eats: Golden Boy Pizza
“Great pizza with loud music and a cool vibe — and to top it off, it’s very cheap. When I lived near North Beach, I always looked forward to stopping there before heading home after a night out. The crispy bottom really makes it! Their long line, every day of the week, is a testament to their tasty pizzas.”
Main image via Golden Boy Pizza/Instagram