With so many top-notch dining options filling one neighborhood, the question shouldn’t be “Where should we eat?” Rather, “Where do we begin?”
For a bright start to the day, try Sun Street Breads. You may just weep with joy after allowing the raspberry cream scones to melt in your mouth, and you’ll certainly want to take home a loaf of their freshly-baked artisan bread. More palate-pleasing pastries can be found at Patisserie 46. The Kouign Amann—a caramelized brioche pastry—is a favorite. Continue the good vibes at Royal Grounds Coffee, home to cheery baristas and fab cups of Java, plus a great selection of teas. Five Watt Coffee is another solid option for your caffeine fix.
Up for a little south-of-the-border flavor? Kingfield rocks the Latin-American cuisine scene. Victor’s 1959 Café transports diners to mid-century Cuba. Feel free to leave your mark on the heavily graffitied walls (it’s very much allowed) while you savor platos of Cuban chicken stew or lime-and-garlic marinated steak. Café Ena fuses Latin-American flavor with French techniques, plating beautifully unique dishes such as avocado-leaf-crusted salmon with a polenta cake and lemon mousse. Fresh riffs on Mexican fare await in neighboring Tangletown at Ena's sister restaurant El Asador, where you can dig into baby shrimp ceviche, steak empanadas, tacos, and larger comfort food plates. Just be sure to save room for the tres leches cake.
There’s nothing conventional about Kingfield’s most raved-about American fare, either. Revival has built a reputation for serving some of the finest comfort food in the cities, and first-timers would be remiss to skip out on the now-legendary fried chicken, available in Southern Fried, Tennessee Hot, Poultrygeist, and gluten-friendly varieties. For more family-friendly neighborhood nosh, Tap Society serves up loaded burgers, chicken sandwiches, and rotating taps of local craft beers that you pour yourself (and pay by the ounce!).
Filipino food isn’t always easy to come by, but leave it to Kingfield to have that niche covered, too. Apoy crafts memorable meals like Longaniza Burgers, chicken and potato adobo, vegetarian pancit, and grilled ginger-soy chicken.