The world famous RSA Security Conference is almost upon us, and given I’m a local and obsessed with food and adult beverages, someone who runs our blogs here thought it would be a great idea if I did a travelogue for our friends attending the show.
San Francisco has amazing restaurants but also its share of tourist traps. I’ll try to give you some suggestions for fun local spots to enjoy some fine food and drinks.
If you are of the snooty, moneyed classes or taking customers out (or getting taken out by your favorite vendor of choice), here are some picks…
You could always go to places by Moscone, but any place in SF is a short Uber ride away.
- I like NoPa – it’s great California cuisine in the Northern Panhandle. Get the flatbread of the day, and don’t you deserve the pork chop after walking so much on the show floor?
- Spruce is in Pacific Heights, but also really good (and pricey). Great selections of steak and fish and nice wines to wash them down.
- The Slanted Door is in the Ferry Building, and is famous for its Vietnamese fusion and beautiful views of the bay. Get the cellophane noodles even if you’re slurping and making a mess in front of that big prospective client.
- If you can’t big-dog it but still like the finer things in life (and you’re lazy and want to stay by Moscone), I’d recommend Anchor and Hope in SOMA. It’s a great seafood restaurant with an excellent happy hour. The famous dish is the sea urchin, but I think it’s seasonal.
If you’re the kind of person who likes to eat local and dirty, here’s some better picks.
- I love me some Green Chili Kitchen (as the name suggest, its Southwestern cuisine). The Green Chili Pork stew is awesome…
- Go to the Mission and Monk’s Kettle. The burger is great and so are the 5 million selections of craft beer.
Oh, you like adult beverages you say?
- Want some local Happy Hour fun as you skip the last two or three sessions of the day? Mikkeller Bar is probably walking distance to your hotel by Union Square. It has 42 beers on tap. The sandwiches work too.
- If you like the bourbon, the Rick House is kind of by Union Square. Great artisanal cocktails and many options of bourbon to show off what a connoisseur/snob you are.
- If you really want to test your liver, go get a boot full of beer at Suppenkuche in Hayes Valley and pretend you’re in the movie Beerfest. It’s a traditional Southern German restaurant with great German beers on tap. Did I mention the 2 Liter boot?
- Maybe you want something quieter and more historic. You should go to the Buena Vista Café by Ghirardelli Square. They’re famous for their Irish Coffees. Just sayin’.
Oh yeah, for more good times, make sure to check out the ForeScout booth at #4120 in the North Hall.
Also, ForeScout is throwing a little party for 1,000 of our closest friends at the Mezzanine on Wednesday, March 2nd starting at 8pm. Featuring Girl Talk who is awesome, check him out on Soundcloud, super awesome local DJ Chris Clouse, the dude plays instruments live during his shows, check him out here. And the headliner, who I can’t mention due to contractual obligations, but happens to be one of the Top 5 DJs in the world.
It is going to be a great time if you like loud dance music, free drinks and a fun crowd. Interested in attending? Contact your ForeScout sales rep or find me during the show to get passes into the party. Maybe you’ll see me at some of the places I’ve listed above, or during RSA at the ForeScout booth #4120.
See everyone in San Francisco and safe travels!