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.
Bernal Star: The website boasts its organic "Brunch, Burgers, Brews," with good reason. Beef, lamb, wild boar, turkey, chicken, and veggie burgers are there for your choosing. Daily happy hour offers a burger and beer for $15. 410 Cortland, 695-8777, bernalstar.com.
Red Hill Station: Anchor Oyster Bar alum Amy Reticker and Taylor Pedersen bring seafood to Bernal Heights. Shucked oysters and sea trout with browned butter, asparagus, carrots, fingerling potatoes, and almonds will make appearances on the menu but expect a nightly rotation. 803 Cortland, 757-0480.
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.