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More than just tacos: Lunch in the Mission #AAA 2012

This is a re-post from the blog of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition by Rebecca Black. The folks at SAFN have such unique ideas on places to eat while at #AAA2012. Don’t forget to check out SAFN’s sessions and Rebecca know which eateries you’ve enjoyed most from her picks.

While spending long hours in a conference hotel listening to colleagues, networking, catching up with friends and engaging our minds is a priority for most AAA conference attendees, we all need to make time to eat. Why not take an extra half hour and escape the artificial lights and din of the conference to see some of the city and get a tasty lunch that will cost half as much as hotel food. Hop on BART and get off at the 24th Street Mission stop. San Francisco is all about neighborhoods. The Mission was traditionally a working-class Latino neighborhood but it has undergone some major transformations over the past twenty years. You can taste them for yourself.

Photo SF Gate

On Mission Street, just a stone’s throw from the BART station, is La Taqueria. Although the number one taco shop is greatly contested in San Francisco, this little restaurant generally comes out in the top five. The Mission is also famous for its burritos, mainly for their ridiculous size. It is nearly unthinkable, but if you are not up for Mexican food, check out Rosamunde Sausage across the street for delicious sausages and beer.

Wander down 24th Street for more Latin American culinary delights at La Palma. You can watch the women in the kitchen making tortillas, and get some great takeaway food. Around the corner on Harrison Street you can indulge in a SF ice cream experience at Humphry Slocombe. Don’t miss the “secret breakfast” flavor. Too cold for ice cream? Hipster donuts and coffee are just down the street at Dynamo donuts.

As you stroll through the neighborhood after lunch, take note of the many murals that adorn sides of buildings and wooden fences in this area. They tell the story of Latino migrants and their heritage.

Balmy Alley Mural

San Francisco Food Gawking

Below is a re-post of the Society for the Anthropology of Food and Nutrition’s blog Food Anthropology. This post is by REBLACK

Looking for some food tourism and food gawking while you are in San Francisco for the AAA conference? Forget clam chowder in a sourdough bowl at Fisherman’s Wharf! Here are a few suggestions:

Within walkable distance from the conference, the Ferry Building is a great place to get a snack and enjoy some of the Bay Area’s finest food vendors (Hog Island Oysters, Cowgirl Creamery, Acme Bread, Blue Bottle Coffee, to name a few). It is open daily (10am-6pm Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm Sat & 11am-5pm Sun). The same venue hosts the outdoor Ferry Plaza Farmers Market on Tuesdays (10am-2pm), Thursdays (10am-2pm) and Saturday (8am-2pm).

Jump on BART and get off at 16th and Mission or take the historic F-Market tram up Market Street. Walk up to Valencia Street and take a left. There are lots of interesting shops and restaurants along Valencia. Walk two blocks and take a right on 18th Street. Pass Tartine Bakery and Delfina Pizzeria and continue on to the Bi-Rite Market, perhaps one of the best little grocery stores in the world. Grab a sandwich or walk across the street to the Bi-Rite Creamery for ice cream. Go and enjoy your loot in Dolores Park, just up the street. Check out Rachel Weidinger’s “We Are Very Hungry” exhibit at the 18 Reasons Gallery.

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