San Francisco’s Top Three Restaurants of This Year

burmese food in san francisco

San Francisco is a pretty populous town, in addition to all of the tourism. After all, we have Alcatraz! What else could you possibly need? If good food is the something else that you need, then you are in luck. With so many choices, you need someone like me to help you pick out the best one. That way you don’t waste your money or anything.

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Not a lot of people have been or will ever be exposed to Burmese food. Burma Superstar deserves specials just for not being afraid to offer a new style of cuisine. I have never encountered another Burmese restaurant in San Francisco, or all of California, really. Maybe I just haven’t been looking hard enough. I personally have never been to Burma, but if the food is really this good then I will need to make a stop in the future.

Burmese food usually consists of salads with other food mixed in, and there are a lot of fish products used. Google helped me with that one. It is safe to say that there aren’t too many unhealthy things on the menu, so if you are a real health nut then have no fear. So far, my favorite two dishes have been the Burmese style curry beef and the garlic noodles. The curry beef comes out on top each time, but I usually bring my wife and we share both meals.

I have never had a bad meal from this San Francisco restaurant, and I am really certain that I will never have a bad meal from here. If you have never had pumpkin prawns, I would highly encourage you to try them. Even though ethnic foods have a tendency to turn a lot of people away before they even try it, Burma Superstar came off as a pleasant surprise.

The menu itself has a very wide variety, so even if you are a picky eater there will definitely be something for you. So many options, so few days. Maybe I’ll just have to move closer. Burma Superstar is located in Inner Richmond in San Francisco, right in the nice side of town. There is on caveat, unfortunately. Admittedly, the hours are a little weird.

It may be a cultural thing, but I won’t put them down for it. After all, it’s better than having an inferior Burmese restaurant in San Francisco. Burma Superstar isn’t only about serving great food, however. The management found a way to balance amazing service and food, and keep the decor interesting and fresh enough to keep people coming back. There are some windows that provide natural light to the restaurant’s atmosphere, which I think is better than simply putting up lightbulbs all over the restaurant.

Speaking of simple, I also appreciate that Burma Superstar’s management opted for a simple look, not buying needless incessant clutter to fill up every square inch of the wall. No gimmicks here, the great food advertises itself. I’m not sure how long Burma Superstar has been around, but I do know of some great restaurant hood cleaners in the Bay Area that could always use some additional business.

The reason I mention this is because Burma Superstar has a very clean restaurant all around, and it got me thinking about the kitchen. Even if Burma Superstar’s management is paying for hood cleaning services from someone else, it never hurts to have a backup.  They don’t just do hood cleaning either, they also offer things like commercial kitchen cleaning.

Just because your hood is clean doesn’t mean you shouldn’t clean the rest of the kitchen while you’re at it. I’m not particularly knowledgable about the industry, but if you own a restaurant and want to know more, they have an about page. Burma Superstar is the highest rated Burmese restaurant I know of, and I read all of the positive online reviews so I know what people are saying. No complaints here.

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These next two reviews will be somewhat rapid-fire, because all three restaurants are just as good as one another in my opinion. That’s why they’re the top three, of course. Next up is my favorite wing place in San Francisco, San Tung. It’s not just a wing place, which is surprising considering how good they are.

If you prefer Chinese noodles instead, then you’re also in luck. One thing I have noticed about San Tung is the fact that a lot of people bring their kids to eat here. It’s located right in Inner Sunset in San Francisco, so you’re not eating in a shady part of town or anything like that. All of the proportions with each meal are great though, and I have never needed to order more than one dish.

I wish I had the room to, though. Not only are the dishes great and filling, but they are affordable. As a middle-class worker, I don’t just have money to throw at food that may or may not be good. That’s why I eat at San Tung, because the food is consistently good and doesn’t cost too much. The others who wrote the great online reviews must have had the same idea as me.

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Last but not least, I couldn’t finish the review without talking about my favorite Mediterranean restaurant in San Francisco. My wife would disown me. Let me just preface the review by stating that if you like lamb chops at all, you will visit Kokkari Estiatorio upon arriving in San Francisco. Unless you live here, of course.

The lamb chops are by far the greatest item on the menu, and they are cooked to perfection. It’s like they have a chef for each person who enters the restaurant, and that chef has dedicated their life to making the perfect meal just for you. My wife and I have been let down by other Greek restaurants in San Francisco, so visiting one that was so amazing was definitely a nice change of pace.

Even after the first visit, she and I both left amazing reviews online. Just make sure you’re somewhat close to Embarcadero in San Francisco, because you’ll have to fight me for a seat otherwise. Overall, three very good restaurants. I look forward to the next time I’m hungry.

The Top Three Best Restaurants of Tampa

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Tampa is a pretty popular tourism town, because of the zoo and aquarium among other attractions. I have lived here since I was a kid, and I know that the thing keeping me here is the cuisine. Not a lot of people know this, but Tampa houses a lot of the greatest restaurants in Washington. Maybe even the U.S., depending on what kind of food you’re into. All great restaurants need reviews to point out what they do right, and that is exactly what I will be doing.
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The first restaurant that I have to talk about is absolutely my favorite restaurant in Tampa. That restaurant would be The Big Easy. Here, you will be eating in the Historic Ybor area of Tampa. Lots of other great restaurants nearby, so if you’re planning a museum visit or something similar then I would encourage you to make it an all-day event. You could breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Ybor.

The Big Easy is a bar, so no kids allowed. In my opinion, that’s both a good and a bad thing. Rowdy kids are one of my pet peeves in Tampa restaurants, and it feels like parents are becoming more and more tolerant of bad behavior with their children. Beer cheese isn’t normally something that I would enjoy, but it tastes different here.

In a good way. Maybe the chefs have their own little farm inside the kitchen where they grow all of their own natural ingredients. The world may never know. Although the beer cheese is really great, I think my favorite dish is likely the Shrimp & Grits. Seafood isn’t for everyone, but I have found that the chefs at The Big Easy balanced all of the flavors well.

Not everyone can pull of shrimp dishes, and I appreciate that this Tampa restaurant does. It probably helps that Tampa is located on the coast, so that way the chefs have no shortage of fresh seafood. The Big Easy doesn’t just have good food, though. Over time, I have come to appreciate the service. It’s almost habitual for me now, expecting great service whenever I go out to eat.

That doesn’t always happen, and The Big Easy has gotten me used to it. All of the wait staff at this Tampa restaurant know and love the menu, and they’re very helpful. Even when I ate here for the first time and had no idea what to order, the waiter had suggestions both from personal experience and what other customers had ordered previously in the same day. On top of that, they are always making sure that your glass is full.

I checked, and it’s not just me that they are always assisting. I have also seen the owner come out and help a few times, which is always appreciated. It’s nice when the management of a restaurant doesn’t treat it purely as a business, and more of a place to have a good time. For both parties involved.

I have asked my waiter to give the chefs my compliments on multiple occasions, and under no circumstances would I take it back. If you’re still on the fence, or you just want to learn more about The Big Easy’s menu, make sure to look online at the many amazing online reviews this Tampa restaurant has. I guarantee, you will not be disappointed.

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Next, there’s Oggi Italian. This time around, you will be eating in the Davis Islands area of Tampa. You can’t go wrong with Italian food, especially not in Tampa. Oggi Italian serves Italian food, as the name suggests, but you would be surprised at how much Italian food is out there aside from the common dishes that everyone knows about.

Like spaghetti, for example. Fret not, if you’re uninterested in trying new foods that you haven’t heard of, you won’t be forced to try anything new. However,  Oggi Italian does offer new twists on classic dishes that I really love. I order something different each time I go to Oggi Italian, but that’s not to say that the dishes are bad.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Each dish so far has been great, and I have not been disappointed once. That’s how you know a restaurant is great in general, and they don’t just specialize in one dish. A lot of Italian restaurants that I have tried in Tampa only really specialized in one thing, like salads or pasta.

Not here. This may not be my favorite Tampa restaurant of all time, but it is still one of my favorites. And with a ton of good restaurants in Tampa, there is some pretty stiff competition. All of the great reviews clearly agree with me, I’m not making this stuff up.

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Finally, there’s Prost Kitchen + Bar. German cuisine is usually associated with alcohol, but the food here is also killer. Why else would it be one of my favorite Tampa restaurants? This restaurant is found nearby Lake Forest in Tampa. What sets Prost Kitchen + Bar apart from the competition is their sanitation.

Not once have I found a single piece of anything that was not supposed to be there, and for that I am thankful. Even the bathrooms are clean, which I think is pretty uncommon in a lot of Florida restaurants. Maybe Tampa just has some great restaurant owners. One thing that the owners should keep in mind if they want to continue this trend is kitchen sanitation.

Just because we can’t see back there doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be clean. That’s not to say that restaurant kitchens are all dirty, but they also should not be. The hardest part of a kitchen to clean is the exhaust hood, since it has to be done by a professional, so I guess it also makes sense that it’s the most vital part.

Fortunately for Prost Kitchen + Bar, I know some great restaurant hood cleaners located right within the city. From what I have heard, they also offer additional services like rooftop grease containment. I’ll have to read the about page on the website if I want to know more.

If I strike up conversation with the owner of Prost Kitchen + Bar, I know I’ll make sure to mention to them. Prost Kitchen + Bar has earned the positive online reviews that my friends and I wrote, and we look forward to our next meal.