Pickup the best local food products the bay area has to offer at Bi-Rite Market. The Mission was not always the pantheon of San Francisco nouveau cuisine that it is today. Now, the area—especially the block of 18th Street between Guerrero and Dolores—is the hottest foodie street in the city. You'll know the street by the lines outside Delfina Pizzeria and Bi-Rite Creamery (which is separate from the market). But to get a glimpse into a real foodie hotspot, stop into Bi-Rite Market and dodge crowds for gourmet groceries, local produce, and a cooler full of small-batch cheese.
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San Francisco's Seasonal Markets
San Francisco’s restaurants and markets take exception to the year-round availability of all food, all the time. Restaurants and markets bring visitors back to the natural rhythms of food production with seasonal offerings of produce, meats, and cheeses grown and made locally. The Ferry Building Farmers' Market on Saturdays showcases the region's finest food with over 50 vendors. Small grocery stories like Bi-Rite Market and Rainbow Foods display a colorful seasonal bounty. The beautiful restaurant AQ’s small menu changes with each season and nearby Radius sources food within 100 miles of the restaurant.
Birite Market is the ultimate neighborhood grocery store. Small and quaint, it's bursting with fresh produce and helpful employees. Within its very small confines is an incredible deli with pre-made goods, made to order sandwiches, an array of cheeses, a serious wine selection, organic meat and house backed goods. Located just a block from the very popular Dolores Park, this small market can get really crowded on a warm day. I've seen them set up a place for people to wait in line out the front door. No joke. As ridiculous as that sounds, they're really organized and the lines move quickly. Once I went in when it was that crowded with a backpack and I immediately regretted it. Ninja shopping skills aside, Bi-Rite is conscientious of their impact on the environment and have earned the official certificate of San Francisco Green Business. Their sister business, Bi-Rite Creamery, is where they produce small batches of ice cream made with milk from the Strauss Family Creamery only 40 miles away. Located just across the street and down the block a little, the creamery can get a ridiculously long line. If you're not up for, just buy a pint at the market and call it a day.