Bay Area Eats: Spotlight on The Commissary

I get so excited every year when the San Francisco Chronicle releases its Top 100 Restaurants in the Bay Area.  The list is always immaculately curated and includes classic Bay Area mainstays (Gary Danko, Slanted Door, French IMG_9140Laundry, House of Prime Rib) as well as spotlights some of the newer, stellar restaurants taking our city by storm. One of these up-and-coming restaurants is hands down my favorite restaurant in San Francisco right now, The Commissary.
Tucked into the former army base of the Presidio, charming marina neighborhood gem The Commissary is two-time James Beard Award-winning chef Traci Des Jardin’s latest venture. It is Spanish- influenced Californian cuisine driven by sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. Think tapas like grilled octopus mixed with house-made sourdough bread and marinated olives. This place is amazing.
Order a glass of red Spanish wine or sangria & take a chance on anything on the menu– I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Insider’s tip: I love sitting in the back room, where you can watch the open kitchen and admire all of the impressive chefs at work. A really cool experience.

What to order:


  • A glass of fruity red sangria

  • Truffle & honey infused bombas de queso

  • The house-made sourdough pan de aceite

  • Steak ala brasa

  • Setas mixtas (to-die-for buttery mixed mushrooms).

  • The incredible chocolate sea salt cookie & olive oil ice cream sandwich


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