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Foreign-Born Uber Drivers Recommend their Favorite Home Cuisines (in the Bay Area)

Foreign-Born Uber Drivers Recommend their Favorite Home Cuisines (in the Bay Area)

If you love travel and food, as I do, you would have spent nearly every Uber ride in the last year talking with drivers about where they come from (an overwhelming number of them are immigrants) and, amongst other things, where they go to get a taste of home when they’re away from home.

What follows is my compiled list of restaurant recommendations from countless Uber drivers. Every establishment here was recommended by someone from the country of origin of that cuisine who regularly patronizes the business.

Korean

Han IL Kwan, 1802 Balboa St (at 19th), San Francisco
(415) 752-4447

Arang, 1506 Fillmore St (at Geary), San Francisco
(415) 775-9095

Turkish

A La Turca, 869 Geary St (at Larkin), San Francisco
(415) 345-1011

Pera, 1457 18th St, San Francisco (at Connecticut), San Francisco
(415) 796-3812

Moroccan

El Mansour, 3119 Clement St (at 32nd), San Francisco
(415) 751-2312

Cafe Zitouna, 1201 Sutter St (at Polk), San Francisco
(415) 673-2622

Yemenese

Saha, Hotel Carlton, 1075 Sutter St (at Larkin), San Francisco
(415) 345-9547

Indian

Mehfil, 2301 Fillmore St (at Clay), San Francisco
(415) 614-1010

Golden Gate Indian Cuisine & Pizza, 1388 46th Ave (at Judah), San Francisco
(415) 564-5514

Cafe Chaat, 320 3rd St (at Folsom), San Francisco
(415) 979-9946

Amber, 25 Yerba Buena Ln (at Market), San Francisco
(415) 777-0500

Japanese

Kirala, 2100 Ward St (at Shattuck), Berkeley
(510) 549-3486

Tibetan

Potala Organic Cafe, 1045 San Pablo Ave, Albany, CA
(510) 528-2375

Scandinavian

Plaj, 333 Fulton St (at Franklin), San Francisco
(415) 294-8925

Ethiopian

Addis Ethiopian Restaurant, 6100 Telegraph Ave (at 61st), Oakland
(510) 653-3456

Sheba Piano Lounge, 1419 Fillmore St (at Ellis), San Francisco
(415) 440-7414

Asmara, 5020 Telegraph Ave (at 51st), Oakland
(510) 547-5100

Café Eritrea D’Afrique, 4069 Telegraph Ave (at 41st), Oakland
(510) 547-4520

Nicaraguan

Las Tinajas, 2338 Mission St (at 19th), San Francisco
(415) 695-9933

Brazilian

Espetus Churrascaria, 710 S B St (at 7th), San Mateo, CA
(650) 342-8700

Minas Brazilian Restaurant & Cachaçaria (formerly Canto do Brasil), 41 Franklin St (at Market), San Francisco
(415) 626-8727

Cleo’s Steak House, 446 San Mateo Ave, San Bruno, CA
(650) 615-9120

Puerto Rican

Sol Food, 903 Lincoln Ave (at 3rd), San Rafael, CA
(415) 451-4765

Pakistani

Chutney, 511 Jones St (at O’Farrell), San Francisco
(415) 931-5541

Armenian

Royal Market Food & Bakery, 5335 Geary Blvd (at 17th), San Francisco
(415) 221-5550

Cantonese

R&G Lounge, 631 Kearny St (at Clay), San Francisco
(415) 982-7877

Peruvian

Limón Rotisserie, 1001 S. Van Ness Ave (at 21st), San Francisco
(415) 821-2134

Fresca, 24 W. Portal Ave (at Ulloa), San Francisco
(415) 759-8087

Palestinian

Old Jerusalem, 2976 Mission St (at 26th), San Francisco
(415) 642-5958

Nepalese

I was told about a food truck, Everest, that frequents Off the Grid at Fort Mason, but couldn’t find anything about it online.

I was also told about Curry Without Worry, a nonprofit founded by Nepalese chef Shrawan Nepali that runs a food truck, free of charge, for the poor in downtown San Francisco and Kathmandu, Nepal. The organization and its mission certainly qualify for an honorable mention.

March 15, 2015Comments are DisabledRead More