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    Ironside

    680 Second St. San Francisco CA 94107
    A onetime ironworks/machine shop has been reconceived into a retro-industrial dining option for SOMA's hungry white-collar worker bees. Open all day, the kitchen serves light breakfasts, classy lunchtime salads and sandwiches, freshly baked midafternoon cookies, discount beers during happy hour, and a dinner menu of American classics (steak, pizzas, chowders) More
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    Caffe Museo

    151 Third St. San Francisco CA 94103
    With its own entrance, Caffe Museo is a nice spot to refuel with imaginative panini and daily soups, stews, and other specialties (including a wide array of pastries baked in-house) while visiting SFMOMA, or get your items packaged to go and take them across the street for a picnic in More
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    Tu Lan

    8 Sixth St. San Francisco CA 94103
    Wonderful (and wonderfully cheap) Vietnamese food, served in a divey but decent two-story space (we prefer the upstairs room, crowded as it is, to the little room tucked behind the open kitchen downstairs). There's usually a line out the door at lunchtime of people waiting to feast on Tu Lan's More
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244 Jackson San Francisco CA 94111
415-989-2539
Named for top-quality Wagyu beef, this postmodern steakhouse also wants to be an inviting cocktail lounge. 5A5 Steak Lounge's menu offers new American and Asian-fusion twists on classic steakhouse fare. The Wagyu, sold by the ounce (at a four-ounce minimum) is very pricey; a World Wide Wagyu plate, featuring four More
3339 Steiner San Francisco CA 94123
415-567-4903
It's like Hard Rock Cafe with sushi -- excellent sushi. The AOR music is pretty decent, too, with the odd Bay City Rollers tune thrown in for low comedy. The rolls, despite cutesy names (49er, Steiner), are splendidly imaginative, especially the crawfish roll and the Flying Kamikaze Roll. Traditional sushi More
2700 Bancroft Berkeley CA 94704
510-647-2300
The beautiful setting, in the Presbyterian-owned Westminster House across the street from the Berkeley campus, is more of a draw than the well-meant but somewhat uneven cooking at Adagia. The huge, lofty, wood-paneled dining room features stained-glass windows and a massive fireplace. The menu features seasonal California-Mediterranean food, ranging from More
3780 Mission San Francisco CA 94110
415-824-4584
Adelita's Cakes is a dim little bakery whose commitment to birthday frivolity seems to resemble Tim Burton's. Nevertheless, it's one of the only places in town for Nicaraguan pastries and raspados (shaved, flavored ices). Just after the shop opens, a line forms for takeout nacatamales wrapped in banana leaves and More
1303 Polk San Francisco CA 94109
415-345-9947
Aicha offers homey, full-flavored Moroccan cooking, served in a small storefront that has been painted peach and hung with glass Moroccan lanterns. The tagines, served in small versions of the conical pots they're named for, are mostly wonderful, especially the lamb shanks cooked with prunes, and the kefta tagine: small More
1888 Solano Ave. Berkeley CA 94707
510-526-4373
One of the best Indian restaurants in the Bay Area, Ajanta features a rotating menu of delicious Indian specialties (from all over India, with their provenance explained on the almost scholarly menu and Web site) in a stylish, calm, modern setting, featuring Indian carvings and art inspired by the famed More
3083 16th St. San Francisco CA 94103
415-621-3935
You won't find a lot of frills at this unassuming Pakistani and Indian joint in the Mission District, but that won't matter because the food is righteously good. At Al Hamra, start with the whisper-light pakora (vegetable fritters) and fresh-baked naan stuffed with onion, potato, or spicy ground lamb, then More
803 Fillmore San Francisco CA 94117
415-440-2828
Well-run, modest neighborhood place with a French air, specializing in seafood, and worth a visit. Start with soup, mussels, crab cakes, snails, or a salad, before moving on to mix-and-match seafood entrees: Pick your fish, cooking method (grilled, sauteed, poached), and sauce (seven available, including green peppercorn, bearnaise, and beurre More
545 Francisco San Francisco CA 94133
415-441-1040
The only restaurant on the West Coast featuring the cooking of Istria, an area at the top of Italy whose culinary influences include Austria, Hungary, and Yugoslavia, as well as Rome and Venice. You'll see pork stuffed with sauerkraut as well as rabbit in agrodolce sauce. The dining room is More
2018 Lombard San Francisco CA 94123
415-929-8888
Practice your Spanish while surfing a fine tapas menu at Alegrias. Especially good at this Marina restaurant: fried calamari, fried potatoes with spicy red-pepper sauce, and the croquetas. More
1599 Sanchez San Francisco CA 94131
415-282-8999
Lots of artful touches - from the display of blown-glass trinkets in a high alcove to the Wedgwood bone china on the tables - don't detract from the vivid north Chinese cooking. It's hard to beat the orange beef (reinforced with plenty of zest and fresh chiles) or the spicy More
2162 Larkin San Francisco CA 94109
415-447-0441
Small, chic neighborhood spot offers friendly service and large portions of innovative Italian food. The antipasto della casa provides a splendid assortment of tastes and should not be missed, nor should the house-made pastas and gnocchi. Large, affordable list of Italian wines. More
149 Noe San Francisco CA 94114
415-861-7000
A quintessential neighborhood restaurant, welcoming to the first-timer and especially so to the regular. Nicely situated on a corner, in a big square room. The vast menu of sushi, sashimi, rolls, and a few hot dishes is supplemented by a changing list of daily specials. Good list of sakes. You More
216 King San Francisco CA 94107
415-546-6666
The thing to have at Amici's East Coast Pizzeria is the thin-crust brick oven pizza. Other options at this SOMA restaurant include sandwiches, salads, and pastas, but stick to the pizza. There are many exotically named combinations of toppings available, or you can build your own. More
891 Beach San Francisco CA 94109
415-771-6800
Glamorous (and good) French-Vietnamese dishes in a glamorous, semitropical, neo-colonial setting; if it feels like a movie set, that's because part-owner Don Johnson enlisted Hollywood professionals in its design. Upstairs is a spacious cocktail lounge overlooking the two-story dining room, lined with tables set in columned niches and verdant plants. More
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