10 San Francisco Restaurants to Support on International Women’s Day (and every day)
These outstanding women-owned restaurants are worthy of your wallet.
Atelier Crenn — (3127 Fillmore St.) This two star Michelin restaurant from World’s Best Female Chef, Dominique Crenn, delivers what she calls ‘Poesia Culinaria’. The meal is pricey (tasting menu is $315 and $175 for the wine pairing) but can you really put a price on creativity? And the experience is truly one of a kind.
Cala — (149 Fell St.) With a rotating seafood-focused menu (emphasizing sustainable suppliers) inspired by the cuisine of coastal Mexico, Chef Gabriela Cámara brings her culinary expertise and renown to this Hayes Valley darling. Additionally notable is her orientation towards diverse hiring practices and the robust training she offers her staff who may be newly reentering the workforce.
El Buen Comer — (3435 Mission St.) This cozy Bernal Heights neighborhood spot belongs to Isabell Caudillo and serves up delicious and authentic Mexican food. This is her first brick and mortar location after building her reputation cooking in her living room and at the Noe Valley Farmers Market.
FOB Kitchen — (2351 Mission St.) This former pop-up has found a permanent home in Gashead Tavern. Janice Dulce serves up innovative Filipino dinner fare Wednesday to Saturday evenings as well as weekend brunch on Saturday and Sundays.
Gialina — (2842 Diamond St.) Owner Sharon Ardiana’s pizza outpost has long been a favorite in San Francisco. Her handmade crust, cooked in a gas oven at 650 degrees, yields a near perfect balance of crispiness and pliability.
Kin Khao — (55 Cyril Magnin St.) Chef and proprietor Pim Techamuanvivit brings the flavor of her native Thailand to life at Michelin starred Kin Khao. The name translates informally to “let’s eat,” which is easy to do in this chic spot off the Parc 55 hotel lobby.
Mission Pie — (2901 Mission St.) Driven by environmental, social, and economic values, Mission Pie delivers sweet and savory, whole and by the slice (as well as a slew of other non-pie items). This business, led by Krystin Ruben and Karen Heisler celebrates community and their commitment to it.
Nightbird — (330 Gough St.) An elegant first solo project from chef and owner Kim Alter. Nightbird offers nightly tasting menus inspired by her two decades of living and cooking in the Bay Area.
Octavia — (1701 Octavia St.) Executive Chef Melissa Perello strikes a perfect balance of sophistication and approachability with her seasonal and rotating menus. Her accomplished career in fine-dining shines through in every dish at this elegantly modern cozy corner restaurant but so does her relaxed and unfussy demeanor.
Piccino—(1001 Minnesota St.) Sher Rogat and Margherita Stewart Sagan joined forces to bring this lovely spot to life in 2006. Born out of community forged at the farmers market, Piccino celebrates its deep relationships with local farms and the seasonality of what the grow.