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My favourite eats and drinks in USA & Canada

Here is my list of the best places to eat and drink that I have visited in the USA. These are the places that I always try to return to, time permitting, when I visit these towns and Cities.

Updated: January 2016


  • Blue Bottle Coffee (California and New York): With stores in and around San Francisco and also New York this is one of the most well known premium coffee stores in the US.The place responsible for first getting me into good quality coffee. Although always busy it serves great cappuccinos and the hot chocolate is pretty good too.
  • Philz Coffee (San Francisco and The Bay Area, CA): So much choice, it can be a bit much the first time round but the coffee is great. Basically join the order line pick your roast based on the flavour profile (chose from a selection of dark, medium, light and decaf roasts), choose the size, decide if you want it hot or iced, pick a sweetener and say how sweet you want it (not sweet, light, medium or extra) and lastly say if you want milk/cream (other option) and say how creamy you want it (light, medium or extra). They also serve speciality drinks, I especially like the mint mojito and gingersnap iced coffees, which are great on a hot day.
  • Ritual Coffee Roasters (San Francisco, CA): my favourite coffee place in San Francisco. The espresso drinks really stand out here/
  • Barrington Coffee Roasting Company (Boston, MA): The cafes are always welcoming and light, and the espresso drinks are very good too.
  • Thinking Cup (Boston, MA): Serves stumptown coffee. Enough said. Also serves nice and resaonable sandwiches, cakes and baked goods.
  • Stumptown Coffee Roasters (All over the Country): Fantastic coffee which I first tried in Portland, worth the wait.
  • Bauhaus Books & Coffee (Seattle, WA): Interesting independent coffee place in Seattle.
  • Café Vita Coffee Roasting Co (Seattle, WA / Portland, OR / Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY): Another great coffee chain from the Pacific North West.
  • Balzac’s Coffee Roasters (Canada): I loved this coffee in Toronto.



  • The Acme Bread Company (San Francisco and The Bay Area, CA): The best sourdough in SF.
  • Arizmendi Bakery (San Francisco and The Bay Area, CA): Co-op selling fantastic array of baked goods.
  • B Patisserie (2821 California St, San Francisco, CA): Great French style bakery, the Kouign-Amann’s are not to be missed.
  • Liguria Bakery (1700 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA): The best focaccia I have ever had.
  • Tartine Bakery (600 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA): Really popular place for breakfast and lunch. The baked goods are excellent.
  • Through Bread and Pastry (248 Church St, San Francisco, CA): Another great bakery.
  • Old West Cinnamon Rolls (861 Dolliver St, Pismo Beach , CA): The best and biggest cinnamon roll I have ever had. If they are warm, even better.
  • Pavel’s Backerei (219 Forest Ave, Pacific Grove, CA): I absolutely loved this place near Monterey, CA. Excellent choice of baked good.
  • Flour Bakery Cafe (Boston, MA): Great place for baked goods including cookies and morning pastries. Also they do good breakfast sandwiches.
  • The Standard Baking Co (75 Commercial St, Portland, ME): Really popular bakery selling great morning pastries and breads.
  • Levain Bakery (167 W 74th St, New York, NY)
  • Tompkins Square Bagel (165 Avenue A, New York, NY)

Donut Shops:

  • Dynomo Donuts (San Francisco, CA): The best donuts in SF with some unique flavours.
  • SLO Donut Company (793 E Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, CA)
  • The Holy Donut (Portland, ME): Potato in donuts?? Yes it works – great flavours, really light and fluffy.
  • Leavitt’s Country Bakery (564 White Mountain Hwy, Conway, NH): Fantastic old fashioned bakery selling great cheap donuts. Some really nice flavours, we stopped here every day when we were in the neighborhood. A real gem!
  • Dough (Brooklyn & New York, NY)
  • Doughnut Plant (New York, NY)
  • Peter Pan Donut & Pastry Shop (727 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
  • Voodoo Doughnut (Portland, OR): Quirky place with strange donuts in weird shapes, unique flavours and often with rude names. A Portland institution.
  • Top Pot Donuts (Seattle, WA): One of my favourit donut shops in America. Anything with custard is a winner.

Ice Cream / Gelato:

  • Bi-Rate Creamery (3692 18th St, San Francisco, CA): Great ice cream and cookies.
  • Toscanini’s (899 Main St, Boston, MA): The best gelato in Boston, actually the best gelato I have tasted in the USA!
  • The Gelato Fiasco (425 Fore St, Portland, ME): The two best gelato places in Portland, ME are accross the road from each other. Try both they are both excellent.
  • Gorgeous Gelato (434 Fore St, Portland, ME): see above.

Breakfast / Brunch:

  • Blu Jam Café (7371 Melrose Ave. Los Angeles, CA)
  • The Griddle Cafe (7916 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA)
  • Mama’s On Washington Square (1701 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA)
  • Nopa (560 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA). Open for dinner but weekend brunch is the best way to go.
  • Plow (1299 18th St, San Francisco, CA). A little out of the way but a fantastic neighborhood place. Great ricotta pancakes and potatoes.
  • Yolk (Chicago, IL)
  • Polly’s Pancake Parlour (672 Route 117, Sugar Hill, NH)
  • Clinton St Baking Co & Restaurant (4 Clinton St, New York, NY)
  • Maialino (2 Lexington Ave, New York, NY)




  • Bourbon & Branch (501 Jones St, San Francisco, CA)
  • Comstock Saloon (155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA)
  • The Devil’s Acre (256 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA)
  • Rye (688 Geary St, San Francisco, CA)
  • Smuggler’s Cove (650 Gough St, San Francisco, CA)
  • Bewhouse (229 W Montecito St, Santa Barbara, CA)
  • Drink (348 Congress St, Boston, MA)
  • Harpoon Brewery Bar (306 Northern Ave, Boston, MA)
  • The Hawthorne (500A Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA)
  • The Tip Tap Room (138 Cambridge St, Boston, MA)
  • Cask Bar & Kitchen (167 E 33rd St, New York, NY)
  • The Dead Rabbit (30 Water St, New York, NY)
  • Little Branch (20 7th Ave, New York, NY)
  • Torst (615 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn, NY)
  • The Wayland (700 E 9th St, New York, NY)
  • Bailey’s Taproom (213, SW Broadway, Portland, OR)



  • Russ & Daughters (179 E Houston St, New York, NY): best smoked and cured salmon in New York.
  • The Pickle Guys (49 Essex St, New York, NY): Try everything.



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