Your Guide to Fast Casual Dining in San Francisco
At San Francisco's fast casual restaurants, you get more nutritious food than your average fast-food meal at a price that is much lower than a more formal dine out. This combination of value and quality has seen fast casual establishments on the rise across the U.S.
Being one of the culinary hotspots of the country, it comes as no surprise that there are some excellent fast casual dining establishments in San Francisco. If you are looking for a quick, nutritious bite, here are some of the best options in the City by the Bay.
The Bird (115 Montgomery St.)
If you love fried chicken, you will love The Bird. The place is known for its fried chicken sandwiches made from free-range birds. There is also a fried chicken salad, spicy wings, and egg and chicken on the menu. Do not miss the curly fries.
Boudin Bakery and Cafe (160 Jefferson St.)
Sandwiches made from sourdough bread, delicious salads, and heavenly coffees that will keep caffeine lovers happy—Boudin Bakery and Cafe has it all. You can even get sourdough bread by the loaf to make sandwiches at home. Try their sourdough bread bowl. Their clam-flavored potato and cream soup bowl is just the right amount of fishy for those who typically pass on seafood. The Fisherman's Wharf location, near PIER 39, is a must-visit.
The Brixton (2140 Union St.)
If you are craving some classic American fare, hit-up this fast casual restaurant on Union Street. There are burgers, pizzas, pretzels, and a good tap beer collection, as well. The rock 'n roll playlist here is the icing on the cake.
Burger Bar San Francisco (251 Geary St.)
This San Francisco eatery has interesting burgers, a decent collection of wines, and views of Union Square. You can even build your own burgers. Their onion rings are to die for.
City Counter (115 Sansome St.)
If you want to grab a quick lunch in the Financial District, City Counter should be at the top of your list. You can choose between eight sandwiches and a few salads. They even serve the Rubenesque, a vegetarian version of a Reuben!
Media Noche (3465 19th St.)
If you are a fan of Cubanos—ham-filled, cheesy sandwiches—Media Noche in the Mission is a must for you. They also serve some delectable rice and bean bowls. The guava cheesecake here is another highlight.
Namu Stonepot (553 Divisadero St.)
The founders of Namu Gaji, a popular San Francisco restaurant, are the brains behind Namu Stonepot. This place serves interesting variations of rice bowls, topped with vegetables and their signature spicy sauce. If you are not in the mood for a full meal, they have smaller plates as well. Their fried chicken deserves a special mention.
Pacific Catch (2027 Chestnut St. and 1200 9th Ave.)
When in the mood for poke bowls, head to Pacific Catch. They do poke bowls better than most. Pacific Catch also has rice bowls and other delectable seafood to offer. The setting is super chilled-out, and the Chestnut Street location can quickly run out of tables on a weekend. Avoid going with a large group and, if possible, get a reservation in advance.
Souvla (517 Hayes St., 531 Divisadero St., and 758 Valencia St.)
Don't be fooled by Souvla's limited menu. The combination of Greek and Californian flavors is a treat for your tastebuds. You can pair your wraps and salads with quality Greek wines or delicious Greek yogurts. The cheesy fries here are a must-have. The vibrant decor also adds to the experience.