Roughly a seven-by-seven-mile square, San Francisco is a unique grid-like city laid out in the hilly terrain of Northern California. Famous for its steep, sloping streets, San Francisco has tricky boulevards that can be difficult to traverse, crisscrossing the metro area with alleys leading to dead ends or quick getaways.

Wander down these hidden and hard-to-find one-way streets and you may be surprised to discover something delicious along your journey. Here are five eateries worthy of seeking out the next time you find yourself hungry in the City by the Bay.

Eight Tables
In an unassuming alley near the busy corner of Columbus Avenue and Vallejo Street in North Beach, Eight Tables is a luxe, relatively new Chinese restaurant from chef and restaurateur George Chen.

Upon arrival, you’ll be transported to the eatery’s elevator in a Shanghai rickshaw, setting the tone for the lively and exciting dining experience ahead. Designed by AvroKO, the restaurant is sophisticated with a cream, white and tan color palette that does not distract from the intense flavors of the modern Chinese cuisine.

The elaborate 10-course tasting menu begins with an intricate amuse-bouche made up of nine different cold bites showcasing the nine essential flavors found in traditional Chinese cookery. From there, the meal is a tantalizing spread of sensational seasonal dishes that might include “upside-down” sizzling rice soup with poached lobster, five-spice duck in lotus leaf and fermented rice sorbet with goji berry vinegar. – Forbes Travel Guide (04.05.18)