Welcome to Garaje, where the beer is good, the decor super cool, the food tasty and the vibe unpretentious. Though it’s pretty much in nowhere’s land in SOMA, it’s worth checking out. The fusion place opened earlier this year and has made many food blog listicles, like best fish tacos and best burgers in San Francisco. Great beer on tap; delicious burger (sort of reminiscent of In n Out, but a little more restaurant-style and you can add a fried egg to step it up a notch) and tacos. Get the ahi – it comes with a giant hunk of perfectly seared fish. Pretty funky and a great escape from the over-hyped hustle and bustle of most other neighborhoods in the city.
Welcome to Fish. in Sausalito, where the fish is fresh (and uber sustainable!), a tad overpriced but pretty tasty. Sausalito is a really cute day-trip place, and Fish is a bit off the beaten downtown path. Beautiful views of the harbor and a great respite from busy San Francisco waterfront restaurants. The clam chowder and BBQ oysters were great; the standard fish tacos pretty sub-standard and very tiny for the price. I wish I had ordered what looked like very tasty fish and chips (and how can you really ruin that?). But you really can’t go wrong with beer in a mason jar, so I was sold. Plus, their online menu is a pseudo newspaper (The Fish Times: “All the Fish That’s Fit to Eat”). Amazing.