The Big Eat

In 2012, I embarked on a mission to gobble up each and every item on 7×7 Magazine’s list of 100 Things to Eat in San Francisco Before You Die, a list that’s updated on an annual basis. When the list was published in February of 2012, I had already eaten 15 items, which left 85 more to consume between February and year-end. I’m happy to say – the mission was accomplished! Many delicious moments (and arguably a few pounds) later, I had conquered all 100 eats.


I photographed my progress and shared them in monthly recaps, which you can find below…






2012 Big Eats List

1. Salt cod fried rice at Mission Chinese Food*

2. Roasted chicken and bread salad at Zuni Cafe

3. Dry-fried chicken wings at San Tung*

4. Carnitas taco at La Taqueria

5. Chasu ramen at Katana-Ya

6. Custard French toast at Nopa*

7. Morning bun at Tartine Bakery

8. Cellophane noodles with crab at The Slanted Door

9. Eggs in Jail at Outerlands

10. Kelvin-made ice cream at Smitten*

11. Pork sugo with pappardelle at Delfina

12. Porchetta sandwich at RoliRoti

13. Soup dumplings at Kingdom of Dumpling

14. Warm egg salad sandwich at Il Cane Rosso

15. Any seasonal flavor at Scream Sorbet

16. Katsu curry at Muracci’s Japanese Curry & Grill

17. Pizza margherita at Pizzeria Delfina

18. The $24 prix fixe at Cotogna

19. Benwaffles at Bar Jules (monthly)*

20. Salumi misti plate at Perbacco

21. Tonkotsu ramen at Izakaya Sozai

22. Vietnamese roasted pork sandwich at Saigon Sandwich

23. Duck and sausage jambalaya at Boxing Room (Thursdays)*

24. Loaf of bread straight out of the oven at Tartine Bakery

25. Pistachio meatballs at Zaré at Fly Trap

26. Spicy baby octopus stew at La Ciccia

27. Tuna tartare at Bix

28. Clam chowder at Anchor Oyster Bar

29. Amatriciana pizza at Ragazza*

30. Pupusas at Balompie Cafe

31. Prime rib at House of Prime Rib

32. Pork belly bun at Chairman Bao Bun’s truck

33. The Little Star at Little Star Pizza

34. Argentine beef empanadas at Venga Empanadas*

35. Salted caramel ice cream at Bi-Rite Creamery

36. Soft garlic pretzels at Absinthe’s bar

37. Whole wheat pasta with hen and liver at Flour + Water*

38. Burger and fries at Spruce’s bar

39. Egg custard tart at Golden Gate Bakery

40. Pierna enchilada torta at La Torta Gorda

41. Langos at Bar Tartine*

42. Maccaronara with ricotta salata at A16

43. Nojo sundae at Nojo*

44. Beer sausage at Rosamunde Sausage Grill

45. Duck larb at Lers Ros Thai

46. Secret Breakfast at Humphry Slocombe

47. Chips and salsa at Papalote

48. Seafood chowder at Bar Crudo*

49. Ginger snaps at Miette

50. Chicken soup with dumplings at Leopold’s*

51. Pho ga at Turtle Tower

52. Carnitas at Nopalito

53. Tika masala burrito at Curry Up Now’s truck*

54. Kouign Amann at Four Barrel*

55. A dozen Sweetwater oysters at Hog Island Oyster Co.

56. Chicken porridge at Bush Street’s Out the Door

57. Sandwich No. 1 at Lucca Delicatessen

58. Pork shoulder fried rice at Sai Jai Thai

59. Hamburger at 4505 Meats

60. Huarache with cactus salad at El Huarache Loco

61. Spaghettini with tuna heart at Incanto*

62. Dim sum at Ton Kiang

63. Pozole at San Jalisco (Fridays)

64. Sand dabs at Tadich Grill

65. Cookies-and-cream cookie at Anthony’s Cookies

66. Paper masala dosa at Dosa

67. Meatloaf sandwich at Fatted Calf

68. Foccacia at Liguria Bakery

69. Omakase menu at Kiss*

70. Calamari with chorizo and black rice at Contigo*

71. Fried green beans at Coco500

72. Peanut brittle cookie at Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous*

73. Munsoned at Deli Board *

74. Faux shark’s fin soup at Benu*

75. Super carne asada burrito at El Farolito

76. Steak frites at L’Ardoise*

77. Fried chicken at Foreign Cinema

78. Bone marrow at Alembic*

79. Crawfish beignets at Brenda’s French Soul Food*

80. Potato latke with pickled beets at Baker & Banker*

81. Pickled egg at Comstock Saloon

82. Breakfast eggs at Boulettes Larder*

83. Rice burger at Sandbox Bakery*

84. A cheese slice at Arinell Pizza

85. Sesame balls at Yank Sing

86. Fried chicken sandwich at Marlowe*

87. Coconut buns from King’s Bakery

88. Malaysian curry laksa soup at Betelnut*

89. Korean taco at Namu’s Ferry Plaza Farmers Market stand

90. Albondigas soup at Mijita

91. Bacon-wrapped hot dog at a cart in the Mission

92. Chicken liver on toast at Frances*

93. Seven flavors of beef at Pagolac

94. Hawaiian Hangover cake at Bluestem Brasserie*

95. Deviled eggs at Park Tavern*

96. Ube ice cream at Mitchell’s Ice Cream

97. Green goddess salad at Prospect*

98. Chicken curry lunch special at Punjab Kabab House

99. Fried chicken and waffles at Little Skillet

100.Cracked Dungeness crab at Swan Oyster Depot


*Indicates new to the list in 2012.