During these pandemic times, air travel is a strenuous endeavor at best, and the fact that most of the airport terminal restaurant kiosks are currently closed is likely low on the list of concerns for most travelers. Even so, a traveler has to eat. And one of San Francisco’s poorly kept secrets is that the SFO neighborhoods – that is, the cities of Millbrae, Burlingame, Daly City, and South San Francisco – are a treasure trove of delicious, mostly inexpensive foods, many of which are very convenient for a quick pit stop after the flight or to stow it in a travel bag for later enjoyment in the terminal. (This is why burritos were invented, as far as we can tell.)

Even better, this area south of San Francisco is home to some of the busiest immigrant food centers in the area. You’re in the right place if you’re looking for the best dim sum or down-to-earth Filipino cuisine. Picking someone up at the airport is just a convenient excuse.

A number of restaurants in the Bay Area have resumed dine-in service, both outdoors and, in some cases, indoors. The level of service is indicated on each map point. However, this should not be taken as an endorsement for restaurant dining as there are still safety concerns. Studies show that there is less risk of exposure outdoors, but the risk associated with terrace dining depends on restaurants that follow strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: The restaurants on this map are listed geographically.