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The Tastes that Make the City: San Francisco

Foursquare's team of data scientists crunched the numbers, looking at where more than 50 million people go and what they do. The result: top trending tastes in San Francisco and the best places to experience them. For instance, for people who like pastries, we’ve found the best pastry in the city (spoiler: it’s at Tartine Bakery).

Our challenge to you: Go and experience them all! Make it a goal to cross one off each week. Heck, change your plans and tackle one tonight! This list represents some of the best the city has to offer, curated by the tens of millions of people who’ve visited, written tips about, liked, or rated places. Challenge accepted?

And if you're looking for other inspiration, fire up the Foursquare app on your phone and find the best of everything, everywhere in the world.

  1. Bacon: Slow-cooked Brown Sugar Alderwood Smoked Bacon at Foreign Cinema (Mission District)
  2. Bloody Mary: Bloody Elixir at Elixir (Mission Dolores)
  3. Bourbon Cocktail: Bourbon Old-fashioned at The Alembic (Haight Ashbury)
  4. Bread: Sliced Bread With Kefir Butter at Bar Tartine (Mission District)
  5. Burger: Wood Grilled Hamburger at Nopa (Alamo Square)
  6. Burrito: Carne Asada Super Burrito at Taqueria El Farolito (Mission District)
  7. Cappuccino: House "cappuccino" 1919 at Tosca Cafe (North Beach)
  8. Chicken: Chicken For Two at Zuni Café (Civic Center)
  9. Coffee: Drip Coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee (Hayes Valley)
  10. Cookie: Cookies And Cream at Anthony's Cookies (Mission District)
  11. Craft Beers: Housemade Beers at Barrel Head Brewhouse (Western Addition)
  12. Croissant: Kouign-amann at B. Patisserie (Lower Pacific Heights)
  13. Custard: Frozen Custard With Egg Yolk Carmel Sauce at Fog City (Northern Waterfront)
  14. Donut: Maple Glazed Bacon Apple Donut at Dynamo Donut & Coffee (Mission District)
  15. Dumplings: Shiitake Dumplings at Namu Gaji (Mission Dolores)
  16. French Fries: Duck Fat Fries at Spruce (Presidio Heights)
  17. French Toast: Croissant French Toast at Chloe's Café (Noe Valley)
  18. Greek Food: Pork Shoulder Wrap at Souvla (Hayes Valley)
  19. Green Juice: A+ Greens at Juice Shop (Hayes Valley)
  20. Grilled Cheese Sandwich: Mac And Cheese Grilled Cheese at The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen (South Park)
  21. Hamachi: Hamachi Shooters at Alexander's Steakhouse - San Francisco (SoMa)
  22. Ice Cream: Balsamic Strawberry at Bi-Rite Creamery (Mission Dolores)
  23. Lamb Chops: Hearth-grilled Lamb Chops at Kokkari Estiatorio (Northern Waterfront)
  24. Mac & Cheese: Frankaroni at 4505 Burgers & BBQ (Panhandle)
  25. Margaritas: Margarita Pitchers at Tommy's Mexican Restaurant (Outer Richmond)
  26. Off Menu Item: Caesar Burger at Super Duper Burger (Duboce Triangle)
  27. Outdoor Gardens: Gardens at Yerba Buena Gardens (SoMa)
  28. Outdoor Seating: Rooftop at El Techo (Mission District)
  29. Oysters: Oysters On The Half Shell at Swan Oyster Depot (Polk Gulch)
  30. Pancakes: Dutch Pancakes at Outerlands (Outer Sunset)
  31. Pastrami: Kung Pow Pastrami at Mission Chinese Food (Mission District)
  32. Pastry: Morning Bun at Tartine Bakery (Mission Dolores)
  33. Pizza: Margherita Pizza at A16 (Marina District)
  34. Pork: Pierna Enchilada Torta at La Torta Gorda (Mission District)
  35. Quail: CA State Bird W/ Provisions at State Bird Provisions (Fillmore District)
  36. Ramen: Garlic Pork Ramen at Ramen Dojo (Downtown San Mateo)
  37. Ravioli: Seasonal Ravioli at SPQR (Lower Pacific Heights)
  38. Sandwich: Bella (nee: Name Of The Girl I'm Dating) at Ike’s Place (Mission Dolores)
  39. Scenic View: 360 Degree City View at Coit Tower (Telegraph Hill)
  40. Seafood: Seafood Chowder at Bar Crudo (Panhandle)
  41. Sliders: Lamb Burger Sliders at The Sycamore (Mission District)
  42. Southern Food: Shrimp & Grits at Brenda's French Soul Food (Tenderloin)
  43. Speakeasy Cocktail: Citizen Cane at Bourbon & Branch (Tenderloin)
  44. Steak: King Henry Viii Cut at House of Prime Rib (Polk Gulch)
  45. Sushi: Volcano Roll at Ryoko's Japanese Restaurant & Bar (Lower Nob Hill)
  46. Tacos: Carnitas at Nopalito (Panhandle)
  47. Tasting Menu: Chef's Picks at Rich Table (Lower Haight)
  48. Toast: Four Dollar Toast at The Mill (Alamo Square)
  49. Vegan Food: Squash Quesadilla at Gracias Madre (Mission District)
  50. Wine: Wine List at RN74 (SoMa)