Michael Mina’s been winning Michelin stars since his namesake restaurant opened on California Street in 2010.
Now, he’s debuting a new menu in his flagship kitchen: a Mediterranean-inspired, seafood-centric tribute to his childhood in Cairo.
He knows the S.F. food scene better than just about anybody — which is why we were delighted to get his recs for favorite eight meals in town (the standard three, plus brunch and drinks).
Spoiler: the man believes in the age-old tradition of eating at the bar.
Breakfast: Tartine Bakery
“Tartine is one of the best places for breakfast in S.F. You can’t miss their legendary Morning Bun.”
Brunch: Diane’s Bloody Mary Bar
“Call me biased, but I couldn’t be more proud of my wife and her labor of love, Diane’s Bloody Mary Bar. She has worked tirelessly to bring her Bloody Mary experience to life at our MINA Test Kitchen and personally designed a homestyle brunch menu to make guests feel like family.”
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Lunch: Zuni Café
“When I think of classic San Francisco, I think of Zuni. It’s a staple in S.F., and anyone coming to town should experience their warm and friendly service, and the timeless, soul-satisfying food.”
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Dinner: Liholiho Yacht Club and Saison
“I love what Chef Ravi is doing in the kitchen at Liholiho Yacht Club. I especially love how his heritage comes out in his food. If you’re also looking to spoil yourself or your guests, I highly recommend Saison for an out-of-this-world experience.”
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Drinks: Leo’s Oyster Bar, Trick Dog, PCH
“Depending on the neighborhood you’re in, Trick Dog is great in the Mission, Leo’s Oyster Bar in downtown, and PCH if you’re in Union Square — or make an evening of it and take your friends on a bar crawl to all three! You can’t go wrong with any of them.”