by Tiffany Maleshefski - 25 Reviews - 5 List
There are two incredibly distinct sides of San Francisco's Fillmore Street, each offering its own unique local flavor. Go south of Geary Boulevard and you're swept into a world of new and exciting restaurants, most built to honor the Fillmore District's rich jazz history and, with that, offer live music nearly every night of the week. Go north of Geary, and the scene is buzzing with an interesting mix of brand-new shops and restaurants, many in step with the city's hottest culinary trends, as well as longtime and cherished favorites.
Updated: June 28, 2010
Fresca serves up some of the best Peruvian cuisine in San Francisco. The menu can feature dishes such as the corvine: sauteed wild barramundi served with yellow chile mushroom risotto and a piquillo pepper coulis. More down-home staples include the aji de gallina, a succulent pulled chicken stew with aji amarillo cream, hunks yukon potatoes, soft-boiled eggs, walnuts and steamed rice.
Executive chef Netsanet Alemayehu and her husband Israel run this hybrid jazz club and Ethiopian restaurant that showcases some of the best local talent in the Bay Area, outstanding cuisine and an incredibly unique cocktail menu.
For almost 30 years, the Elite Cafe has satisfied San Franciscans hankering for Cajun and Creole cuisine. One of the hallmarks of its design is the row of private booths that run along one wall built to resemble the private cars of a train.
Drawing a mixed clientele to its sleek and lively dining room, 1300 Fillmore is an upscale eatery serving up high-brow interpretations of classic soul food dishes. Meanwhile, the roomy and cozy lounge area that hosts live jazz regularly.