Prime Rib

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Prime rib. Photo: Eater SF

Nothing competes with a juicy cut of prime rib, served with a mountain of creamed spinach. And the best place to get it is, of course, at the English-style House of Prime Rib, which has been serving this San Francisco classic since the 1940s.

The Rebel Within

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The Rebel Within. Photo: MasterCook

Little muffin hybrids of goodness, The Rebel Within is a savory soft-boiled egg that has found a home inside a sausage muffin—it doesn’t get much more San Francisco than that. The geniuses behind this delicious coming together is none of than Craftsman and Wolves in the Mission District. Always served with an itty-bitty bottle of Tabasco hot sauce, the entire dish is a whole new take on breakfast.

Xiao Long Bao

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Xiao Long Bao. Photo: Eater SF

A traditional Chinese steamed bun, Xiao Long Bao is a surprising staple in San Francisco. These piping hot dumplings are both cooked and served in a Chinese bamboo steaming baskets, and no one gets these thin-skinned beauties perfectly cooked like Yank Sing in the Embarcadero. Can’t get yourself to China to enjoy this dim sum dish? Head to this San Francisco favorite instead.

Clam Chowder at Boudin Bakery

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Clam Chowder. Photo: Goldbelly

According to Culture Trip, you saw this one coming: the clam chowder bread bowl. No visit to San Francisco is complete without this quintessential dish from the seafood-rich Fisherman’s Wharf. Head over to Boudin Bakery, the sourdough bread capital of the city, for the best bread bowl experience possible. The bakery has seven locations around the city, most of them conveniently located downtown. Try the Fisherman’s Wharf location to get the full San Francisco clam chowder experience.

Cruffin at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse

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Cruffin at Mr. Holmes Bakehouse. Photo: Urbanologie

If you haven’t heard of the cruffin, you clearly aren’t from around here. This magical marriage between a croissant and a muffin was the brainchild of Mr. Holmes Bakehouse, a popular bakery located in the lower Nob Hill neighborhood. The flaky and delicious pastries are legendary around San Francisco, so be sure to arrive early in the day before they sell out. The flavors offered vary daily, but can include raspberry, passionfruit, matcha, chocolate mint, mango cheesecake, and chocolate coconut.