5 Tempting Places to Grub During Bay to Breakers

May 15 at 11am

By Tamara Palmer

Bay to Breakers is a lot more fun when you think of the 12K race as one big food and drink crawl. Here’s where to find the choicest calories to burn off later:

The opening drink: The Chieftain

The Irish pub opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday for pre- or early-race Bloody Marys and other adult beverages. But note that no food will be served until 11 a.m. that day. 198 Fifth Street

The mid-race fuel: Souvla

That Hayes Street hill is a doozy, so it’s smart strategy to fuel up with delicious snacks on this stretch before you have to climb it. This new Greek cafe has a quick counter for ordering a pita sandwich or salad with spit-fired lamb, pork, chicken, or roasted white sweet potato to go. There’s also a wonderful frozen Greek yogurt that you can get topped with sour cherry syrup or crumbled baklava and honey. 517 Hayes Street

The early reward: Bi-Rite Creamery

Yeah, you may have just eaten that froyo, but that hill is hella hard! Stop at Bi-Rite Market’s Divisadero location for a soft serve cone, popsicle, or scoop of ice cream. (Or a huge banana split, we’re not judging.) 550 Divisadero Street

The final stretch motivator: Sam’s Chowder Mobile

Once you’re in Golden Gate Park, take a half block detour off John F. Kennedy Drive onto Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive to hit up this top-notch seafood truck from Half Moon Bay, which will start serving at 11:30 a.m. We recommend the lobster roll (available in regular and “shortie” sizes). If debating which size or lobster roll or what to order in general, keep in mind there isn’t much to eat or drink for the rest of the route. Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive (across from Japanese Tea Garden)

The epilogue: Park Chalet/Beach Chalet

The race is over! Who’s hungry and thirsty? Unfortunately, you can’t collapse on the lawn at Park Chalet this year as it is all booked up, but you can head inside for drinks or a limited selection from the usual brunch menu. Meanwhile, the Beach Chalet upstairs will offer the normal full brunch menu, with the bonus of that wonderful ocean view. It’s going to get really crowded here, though, so think of it as incentive to finish the race some time after the African runners but before the party drunk wagons and arrive on the early side for the most minimal wait. 1000 Great Highway

Souvla photo by Tamara Palmer

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