Tasting Bayview: A Local's Culinary Journey Through the 94124

May 8, 2024

Tasting Bayview: A Local's Culinary Journey Through the 94124

Tasting Bayview: A Local's Culinary Journey Through in the 94124

Welcome, fellow food enthusiasts are you hungry? Today, we are excited to take you on a gastronomic tour of one of San Francisco's better-kept secrets: the Bayview neighborhood and its growing number of new and upcoming restaurants. Nestled away from the hustle and bustle of downtown, the Bayview is a treasure trove of culinary delights waiting to be discovered. So grab your appetite and join us as we embark on a flavorful journey through our local streets!

Our first stop brings us to Frank Grizzlies, a Cali-Mexican food joint that's become a local legend. Picture this: juicy birria tacos, tantalizing watermelon agua fresca, and the spicy chipotle chicken wafting through the air. Here, Chef owners Kim Truong and Jorge Islas create a welcoming atmosphere that will keep new customers coming back. Trust us, one bite of their signature flavors, and you'll be hooked!

Next up, we recommend you indulge in a little or a lot of grape therapy at Gratta Wines. Tucked in a cozy tasting room, this gem is a comfortable and casual wine lover's paradise. Drop the snobbery and indulge in delicious crafted Cabs, Zins, Garage Blends, and Italian selections. No need to leave hungry as Barbara and Cathy offer a choice of bites, salad, pasta, and pizza! So grab a glass, soak in the laid-back ambiance, and let the flavors of Bayview work their magic.

No culinary journey through Bayview would be complete without a stop at Talios Coffee, my go-to spot for high-quality coffee and tea. Here, the baristas are as friendly as they are skilled, whipping up expertly brewed cups of joe that are guaranteed to kickstart your day. And the best part? It's not just a coffee shop; it's a community hub providing employment and education opportunities to the neighborhood. 

Now, let's venture into Butchertown, where history meets coffee shop convenience in the most delicious way possible. This colorful coffee shop pays homage to Bayview's heritage while embracing fresh pastry, breakfast bites, and strong coffee. They open early and parking is easy, making this a great spot for the grab-and-go.

Venture into DeliLama, a cozy breakfast and lunch spot nestled in the heart of Bayview. DeliLama offers a classicly tantalizing array of wraps, salads, sandwiches, and breakfast burritos that are sure to satisfy any craving. Whether you're in the mood for a hearty breakfast sandwich to start your day off right or a fresh salad for a quick and nutritious lunch, this charming eatery has you covered. 

Another important stop is the renowned  Laughing Monk Brewery, a haven for beer aficionados and casual drinkers in a bright convivial space. Here, amidst the aroma of brewing hops and the buzz of happy patrons, you'll discover hoppy pales and Belgian flavors made with passion and precision. This is their flagship location and it’s no wonder they have branched out to two other locations in Sunnyvale and Scotts Valley. And yes, they offer bites. This is a food blog after all. 

Next on our itinerary is  Craftsman and Wolves, an innovative bakery serving pastries, coffee, and pizza slices. Step into this French-inspired bakery and café, with an ever-changing menu of pastries, cakes, breads, croissants, confections, confitures, desserts, and light fare seven days a week. Check out their menu here.

Look no further than  Old Skool Cafe for a taste of Southern hospitality with a Bayview twist. This charming eatery offers a menu of soulful dishes inspired by classic Southern cuisine, served up with a side of warmth and hospitality. From hearty gumbo to crispy fried chicken, every bite is a delicious journey to the heart of the South. And with live music, a vibrant atmosphere, and working as a non-profit for at-risk youth, the Old Skool Cafe is more than just a restaurant—it's an experience

What's the Scoop is our next stop, a charming ice cream parlor that's sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Step inside and be transported to a whimsical world of frozen treats, where creamy scoops and inventive flavors are inspired by music. From classic favorites like vanilla bean to daring creations like lavender honey, every scoop is a tantalizing adventure. Fast, friendly service and a few indoor seating options make What's the Scoop the perfect spot to indulge in a cold treat on a hot summer day.

We invite you to experience the flavors and soul of the South at  Gumbo Social. This cozy eatery specializes in authentic Creole cuisine, serving up hearty bowls of gumbo, jambalaya, and other Southern classics. With bold flavors and soulful cooking by chef Dontaye, every dish is a celebration of Southern hospitality and culinary tradition. As their website says, “Music and food go hand in hand”, so be sure to check out the Gumbo Social playlist to get your juices flowing.

What round-up of Bayview food establishments would be complete without tipping our hats to All Good Pizza ? No reservations are needed or accepted at this outdoor eatery that pumps out fantastic Neapolitan-style pies from a brick oven. Sitting on over 7000 square feet of outdoor space and offering a selection of beer and wine, it is an ideal casual gathering spot. Grab a slice, pull up a chair, and experience the magic of Bayview's prized pizza joint.

And finally, no tour of Bayview would be complete without acknowledging the work of Bayview Makers, a haven for Bayview artisans, food lovers, and small businesses. Here, you'll find an unbiased directory of handcrafted treats and artisanal goods produced in the Bayview. Whether you're looking for jewelry, jams, chocolates, or handmade ceramics, this is a great starting point to support local talent.

As our Bayview culinary journey comes to an end, we hope you've enjoyed exploring the flavors within the 94124 zip as much as we have. The next time you find yourself craving an adventure for your taste buds, why not pay the Bayview a visit? Trust us, you won't be disappointed. Until then, stay hungry, stay curious, and keep exploring! If you have any questions about living in the Bayview or Bayview real estate, we are a phone call away.


Jennifer Burden, Bayview Real Estate Expert 415.871.3885



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