ANAR Restaurant: The Mohammadi family brings authentic Persian cuisine to SOMA. With a restaurant back in Iran, you can expect their chicken with pomegranate sauce, herbed feta cheese with bread, kebabs, and doogh to be nothing but traditional. 937 Harrison, 543-2627.
Causwells: Alvin Garcia and Tom Patella bring a twist to classic American food. The Marina bistro's menu includes popcorn, baby kale Caesar salad with polenta croutons, doughnut bread pudding, and a hefty wine and craft beer list. 2346 Chestnut, 447-6081, causwells.com.
Rye Project: Deli sandwiches, smoked fish, and bagels galore thanks to Deli Board's Adam Mesnick. Parbaked bagels will be shipped from New York at this 1058 Hoagie replacement. Look for the super thin-cut Romanian pastrami. 180 Seventh St., 552-8984, ryeproject.com.
Street Taco: Victor Juarez of Chilango and Azteca serves up tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas, agua frescas, salads, and tostada bowls in the Haight. Nothing on the menu costs more than $9. 1607 Haight, 525-4435.