I lived in San Francisco for about five years, and Boyfriend grew up there and spent most of his life there.
When we talk about going back to visit, we ask each other, “Where will you definitely eat the next time you’re in town?”
I’ve been back to San Francisco twice since I left, so I’ve got mine down pat:
San Francisco Top 5 Eats
Arizmendi co-op bakery, Inner Sunset
Rosamunde sausage shop and Toronado Pub, on Haight Street (counts as one entry because the custom is to bring the sausages next door into the bar and eat there)
Little Star Pizza, Western Addition
Boulangerie Bakery, Cole Valley location (have a tartine and a big bowl of coffee)
India Clay Oven, Outer Richmond (terrible service, but the best saag paneer; prawns jal frazie is also highly recommended.