Jarrod Spector’s SF culinary high notes

“I live in New York, and its a great food town,” says Jarrod Spector. “but I am still so appreciative of what’s available in San Francisco.”

Spector has had the opportunity to do a fair share of tasting during his past visits here. Spector has spent a total of more than a year living in the city while playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys at the Curran and later originating the role of Barry Mann in the pre-New York tryout of Beautiful  (He went on to play both parts on Broadway).

As he returns to the city for this week’s cabaret shows at Feinstein’s  followed by the world premiere of the Broadway-bound Cole Porter musical Roman Holiday (running from May 23 to June 18 at the Golden Gate Theater). During his Feinstein’s gigs, Spector will undoubtedly check out the top-notch Asian fusion cuisine at the Hotel Nikko’s Anzu, and over the course of his stay he looks forward to returning to a few favorite spots…


  • Farallon When in SF, Spector frequently finds himself around Union Square, given its proximity to Feinstein’s at the Nikko and several theaters. This swanky seafood spot—with its highly theatrical decor—is a lure because, says Spector, “Dungeness crab is not something you find in New York.”
  • Foreign Cinema Over its 18 year history, this Mission classic has become a go-to for locals looking to impress out-of-towners with it’s uniquely SF vibe. Spector has been duly impressed.
  • Burma Superstar The Outer Richmond favorite wins high marks from Spector for its vibrant, stylish take on Burmese cuisine, which is surprisingly challenging to find in Manhattan.
  • Shalimar No frills, high fire Indian food is the draw at this Jones & Geary stalwart. “I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve found myself there,” says Spector.

And while some may think of sourdough bread, dim sum, or a hang town fry as the quintessential San Francisco treat, Spector shines his personal spotlight on our hot-and-sweet Millionaire’s Bacon, glazed in top-secret combinations of brown sugar and spices at a number of bruncheries around town, including Kitchen Story, Mission Beach Cafe, and Sweet Maple.

Welcome back to town, Jarrod—we look forward to hearing you sing for your supper!