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Best New Reason Not to Lose Hope for Valencia 

Brasserie Saint James

Valencia Street between Duboce and 25th streets, once home to the buzziest restaurants in San Francisco, has cooled noticeably in the last year. The Divisadero corridor has stolen its thunder, and more than a few high-profile places have sputtered out. But love it or loathe it, the Mission is still the Mission, and it's good to have something to celebrate about Valencia. Earlier this year, Reno, Nev., transplant Brasserie St. James landed, bringing nose-to-tail pub fare and a serious selection of beers along with a sexy interior. Best of all, it's affordable: Fanciful dishes like Moules Thaïlandais and a Spanish tripe cassoulet hover at $20, while even the Buenos Aires Barbecue (for four) is only $60. It's still the heighth of coolness to roll your eyes at the strips pricey boutiques and audiophile pretensions, but thank God for Brasserie Saint James (and Cherin's Appliance).

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