The temperature is dropping, the days are getting shorter and now everyone in your Zoom meeting is wearing a sweater. It’s fall in the Bay Area, which means it’s the season for soups, warming curries, and as much pumpkin and squash as possible. For those nights when you need something cozy to comfort you over the sunset at 5 p.m., we’ve got you covered. Here are a few soul-warming foods to order to take away right now.
Nothing is cozier than a bowl of ramen. The popular Hakata-style Tonkotsu ramen restaurant has locations in San Francisco, Oakland, and Redwood City, so you can get this rich, creamy broth anywhere.
Marufuku Ramen, 1581 Webster St., Ste 235, San Francisco. Open Monday-Friday, 11 am-2pm / 5 pm-9pm and Saturday-Sunday, 11 am-9pm for collection and delivery.
Chicken and waffles from Lois the Pie Queen
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Lois the cake queen
Without a dine-in, it’s hard to replicate the southern hospitality you feel from the moment you step in the door at the old Oakland spot Lois the Pie Queen, but the takeaway order will still feel like a warm hug. Chicken and waffles will warm up your Sunday morning, but the cakes here are the real star of the show – don’t miss the sweet potato or lemon icebox tart.
Lois the Queen of Pie, 851 60th St., Oakland. Open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturday to Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for take-away and delivery. Cakes can be pre-ordered through November 20th for Thanksgiving.
Pumpkin Latte in the Lion Dance Cafe
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Lion dance cafe
The new vegan Singaporean-Chinese spot Lion Dance Cafe is currently hosting a seasonal pumpkin laksa with rice noodles, tofu puffs, roasted pumpkin and pulled Yuba in a coconut soup. Laksa is only served on Fridays and you need to pre-order on Wednesday so plan accordingly.
Lion Dance Cafe, 380 17th St., Oakland. Pick-up service for dinner Friday-Saturday 5 pm-8pm (pre-order Wednesday 12pm) plus brunch walk-up order every second Sunday 11 am-3pm Take away only
Asian pear, salt and caramel cake and broccolini and cheddar quiche from Edith’s Pie
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Thanksgiving is just around the corner, which probably means cake is yours. Pre-order an apple-cranberry, maple-pecan, or pumpkin pie from this popular Oakland pop-up for Thanksgiving, or order yourself a broccolini-cheddar quiche anytime.
Edith’s Pie, East Oakland (see Instagram for pop-up details). Pies can be pre-ordered on Tuesdays at 10am to be picked up on Saturday. Final Thanksgiving orders will be available for pre-order on Monday, November 16th at 10am
Squash Carbonara Pizza from Square Pie Guys
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Square pie guys
Each favorite Detroit-style rectangular pizza maker makes a pumpkin carbonara pizza, which is made with crispy cheddar, pumpkin carbonara sauce, bacon, shaved Brussels sprouts, and a runny egg. If autumn was a pizza, it would be this pizza.
Square Pie Boys, 1077 Mission St., San Francisco. Open Monday to Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. for take away and delivery.
Prawns and groats at Brenda’s French Soul Food
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Brenda’s French soul food
Of course, you can eat New Orleans soul food any time of the year, but a bowl of shrimp and semolina or chicken and andouille gumbo followed by some apple fritters that are different in November. Pure comfort food.
Brenda’s French Soul Food, 652 Polk St., San Francisco (also has a location in Oakland). Open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. for take-away and delivery.
Pumpkin curry at Champa Garden
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Haven’t you fixed your pumpkin this season? This Lao and Thai restaurant serves a flavorful pumpkin curry that will warm your cold heart.
Champa Garden, 613 Faxon Ave., San Francisco (also has a location in Oakland). Open Sunday-Thursday 11 am-3pm and 5-9pm and Friday-Saturday 11 am-3pm and 5-10pm for take-away and delivery.
Pho Ao Sen
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Pho Ao Sen.
Pho Ao Sen, an Oakland spot known for its rich, steaming beef pho, often tops the area’s top pho lists.
Pho Ao Sen, 1139 E 12th St., Oakland (also has a location in Albany). Open daily except Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. for take-away and delivery.
Pozole Rojo in Nopalito
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Nopalitos Pozole Rojo is a meaty, aromatic red stew that will cure your seasonal blues. Although there are two Nopalito locations in SF, this one is only available on Broderick Street.
Nopalito, 306 Broderick St., San Francisco. Open Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. for take-away and delivery.
Pork porridge from FOB Kitchen
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This Filipino restaurant in Oakland’s Sinigang Baboy – a tamarind and ginger soup with tender pork, daikon, bok choy, long beans, and eggplant – is only available in cold weather.
FOB Kitchen, 5179 Telegraph Ave., Oakland. Open Wednesday to Thursday from 4pm to 8pm. and Friday-Sunday 11:30 am to 8:00 pm for take-away and delivery.
Seasonal flavors from Dynamo Donuts
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On the sweeter side, it wouldn’t be fall without some seasonal desserts. Dynamo Donuts currently serves persimmon, chocolate spice, cranberry, cornmeal-rosemary-cherry, vegan pumpkin-nutmeg and sweet potato-marshmallow donuts.
Dynamo Donuts, 2760 24th Street, San Francisco. Open from Monday 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., Tuesday to Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for take-away and delivery.
Chicken soup from RT Rotisserie
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RT Rotisserie’s soothing chicken soup with rice, vegetables, cotija, and seeds is exactly what the doctor ordered.
RT Rotisserie, 302 Broderick St. and 101 Oak St., San Francisco (also has a location in Redwood City). The Broderick Street location is open 11:30 am to 8:00 pm daily and Oak Street is open 11:30 am to 8:00 pm daily for takeaway and delivery.