Best Places to Eat and Drink in San Francisco’s Financial District (AKA GGU’s Back Yard)

ccGolden Gate University is located one block from San Francisco’s Financial District. The area, often called “FiDi,” is not just the home of major banks, accounting firms, and technology companies such as Uber and Salesforce (Their new tower is just one block away.). FiDi also hosts many places to eat where you can find local employees on their lunch break or the residents of hundreds of new rental and condo units in the area. You can also spot GGU students at any of these spots between classes or before an evening course.

The GGU community voted on their favorite spots and here are the results:

Best Pizza – Portico Restaurant

Portico Restaurant is located a few steps away from GGU. At the corner of Mission and 1st streets, Portico Restaurant is our community’s favorite place to grab a slice. The Chicken Pesto is one of their most popular pizzas. Other favorites are the Classic Veggie and the All Meat Combination, piled with sausage, pepperoni, salami, chicken, and bacon. More than 20 varieties are made daily, but not all of them are on the regular menu.

Best Mexican Restaurant – Uno Dos Tacos

At Stevenson and 2nd streets, Uno Dos Tacos is one of the busiest eateries in the GGU neighborhood, especially at happy hour! The taqueria and tequila bar started as a family business. In his early years, Chef Luis Flores learned to cook by shadowing his mother and aunt, and he is still using his mother’s recipes for many items, including the best-selling carnitas, mole, and burritos. According to the manager, “everything that comes out of Uno Dos Tacos’ kitchen is considered “homemade and deeply personal,” prepared with fresh ingredients on a daily basis.

Best Indian Restaurant – Mehfil Restaurant

Located on 2nd Street and Market, right across from the Montgomery BART Station, Mehfil Restaurant is one of the most affordable lunch destinations within walking distance of GGU. The menu offers a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes, along with a $7 special lunch box menu that changes daily. All-time customer favorites include vegetarian malai kofta, mattar mushroom, chicken tikka masala and their lightly spicy signature bread, Mehfil-E-Naan.

Best Burger – Super Duper

Super Duper was another easy winner, with many votes. We interviewed the store manager at the Metreon location and got the scoop on secret items that you may not know even existed in Super Duper’s menu, like the Four Cheese, is the perfect example of that. It adds four layers of yumminess to Super Duper’s signature burger with aged white cheddar, pepper jack, cheddar and Cambozola blue cheese in addition to lettuce, tomato and Super Duper’s famous Super Sauce. Another second secret burger is the Philly Jalapeño, topped with grilled bell peppers, onions and, of course, jalapeños. It used to be on the menu years ago but today only the loyal Super Duper customers know about it.

Best Place to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth – Cupcake Cove

Cupcake Cove (treats pictured above) is one of many easy-to-miss neighborhood gems that our community managed to discover while on the prowl for a sugar fix. Located on Battery and Pine streets, it serves a diet-defying variety of delicious cupcakes. The shop has a rotating menu with seasonal specialties. The best sellers are the Red Velvet and Sea Salt Caramel cupcakes, followed in descending order by the Guava & Passion Fruit, Chocolate, Coffee and Lemon cupcakes.

Best Bar – Louie’s Bar

Whether you’re a beer person or will do nothing but cocktails, Louie’s Bar is one of the most amiable spots in the “FidDi” neighborhood, always full of friendly people who are happy to see you. Bartender Cindy, who is famous for remembering a name and a face, said that countless GGU students and faculty stop by the bar to decompress after a stressful day, celebrate an event and socialize, or sometimes just to review a paper with a scotch-and-dry in hand.

Best Coffee Place – Herbst Café (at GGU)

Our café proudly serves Peet’s Coffee & Tea, offering seasonal drinks such as Pumpkin Chai Latte and Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Mocha in the fall and peppermint-flavored beverages around the holidays. Our baristas like to experiment since they enjoy caffeinated beverages themselves. They told us about two items that you most likely will never see on the menu but are delicious: the French Raspberry Matcha and the White Chocolate Raspberry Mocha. 

For more on the GGU area, read the feature article in GGU’s recent alumni magazine: Welcome to the Neighborhood: A Look at the Urban Transformation Surrounding GGU.

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