Forkin' Frisco: Exploring rich flavors in Noe Valley

Noe Valley’s clean-cut image and wide variety of bistros and coffee shops make this neighborhood a quiet and quaint haven away from the hustle of the city. With Victorian homes and upscale restaurants lining its streets, there’s no better way to absorb Noe Valley’s food scene than to dive into one of its fine-dining eateries.

SWEET TOOTH

Lovejoy’s Tea Room
1351 Church St.

Tea and crumpets seem to be made for each other. Pair their Afternoon Darjeeling, which is a black tea that carries hints of clover honey and currants, with their fluffy crumpets served with a sweet lemon curd.

CHEAP EATS

Noe Valley Deli
4007 24th St.

Despite the word “Deli” being tacked onto the name, this place also serves affordable Mediterranean cuisine. For $7.25, you can get a hefty shawarma wrap stuffed with hummus, pulled chicken, tomatoes, lettuce and all the fixings. A deli that sells falafel? This is a no-brainer.

ROMANTIC

Ristorante Bacco
737 Diamond St.

With made-to-order risotto, this authentic Italian restaurant would make any date a success. Be sure to come in during truffle season when the restaurant serves their famous white truffle risotto. It’s creamy and rich with an abundance of seasonal flavor.

WILDCARD

Pasta Gina
741 Diamond St.

Balancing Jewish and Italian cuisine with perfect zest, from their homemade kugel to their lasagnas and fresh pastas, this deli and restaurant is perhaps best known for its tiramisu which has a slight give without being too mushy.


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