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    East Bay Albany

    Meal Ticket

    1235 San Pablo Albany CA 94706
    Pleasant breakfast and lunch place that does adventurous daily specials (often ethnic-themed: Mexican, Greek, Caribbean) to supplement its basic menu of hearty items (buckwheat pancakes, good sausages, a classic burger), carefully prepared from quality ingredients. You order at the counter, take a seat at one of the tables in the More
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    San Francisco Embarcadero

    Pier 23 Cafe

    Pier 23 San Francisco CA 94111
    Its location on the Embarcadero - smack dab in the midpoint between the Ferry Building to Fisherman's Wharf - makes Pier 23 a draw for tourists seeking refreshment as well as locals who want to catch live music by the bay. Fried oysters, peel-and-eat prawns, cracked crab, and an excellent More
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    East Bay Albany

    Sam's Log Cabin

    945 San Pablo Albany CA 94706
    The period, Lincoln Log exterior might lead you to expect classic diner food at this snug, family-run coffee shop (which boasts a spacious garden patio out back), but the cooked-from-scratch fare is several cuts above those expectations: The ham-and-cheese sandwich special has slices of juicy pear tucked into it, the More

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    1300 Fillmore St. San Francisco CA 94115
    415-771-7100
    Refined New American cooking, using French techniques and Southern accents, in a comfortable dark-brown room in the revitalized Fillmore Preservation Jazz District. Occasional live jazz in the adjacent bar and lounge room (pleasantly audible in the dining room) reminds you of the street's heritage (as does a dazzling wall of More
    563 2nd St. San Francisco CA 94107
    415-369-0900
    Its name celebrates the repeal of Prohibition, so it's no surprise that 21st Amendment's brewpub is the opposite of a secret subterranean speakeasy: with its large windows, bright wood accents, and open floorplan, this South Park restaurant and microbrewery couldn't be more forthright about its upscale, beer-loving raison d'être. The More
    398 Geary San Francisco CA 94102
    415-654-5061
    1 Ferry Building San Francisco CA 94111
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    In addition to serving as San Francisco's butcher-in-residence -- dismembering carcasses at half the city's splashy meat-themed galas and supplying countless restaurants with his high-quality products -- Ryan Farr runs a food stand at the Ferry Building Farmers' Market twice a week. Among other preparations, he sells a stellar burger, More
    2800 Bayshore Brisbane CA 94005
    415-467-2343
    780 Valencia St. San Francisco CA 94110
    415-552-2040
    525 Seventh St. San Francisco CA 94103
    415-800-8722
    724 Valencia St. San Francisco CA 94110
    415-626-8700
    Upscale California cuisine meets a choice selection of wines and craft beers (not to mention lots and lots of stylishly unfinished wood decor) at this trendy new Mission spot. More
    620 O'Farrell St. San Francisco CA 94109
    The Acme ventures beyond the basic patty on a bun with a thick, juicy lineup of cutting-edge varietals, including a buffalo burger, a lamb burger, a Kobe beef burger, and a burger made of ground ostrich. Or opt for one of the house specials - the Jerusalamb, say (lamb with More
    24 Willie Mays Plaza San Francisco CA 94107
    415-644-0240
    The Thoreau Center (Lincoln Blvd. & Torney Ave.) San Francisco CA 94129
    415-561-2273
    1725 Haight San Francisco CA 94117
    415-666-0822
    The Alembic is not to everyone's tastes: too loud/too hipster/too much of a bar/too fancy/ew, bone marrow? But in addition to stellar cocktails (one favorite, the Southern Exposure, contains gin, mint, and celery juice), the kitchen puts out some of the most unabashedly creative food in this city: jerk-spiced grilled More
    1466 Haight San Francisco CA 94117
    415-552-4550
    3915 Alpine Road Portola Valley CA 94028-8001
    650-854-4004
    1919 Union St. San Francisco CA 94123
    415-896-4217
    Eat at American Cupcake and you'll feel like a kid in a candy store, but it's not just about dessert. The Marina-based restaurant serves all-American comfort food like waffle fries, mac 'n' cheese, hot dogs, and Tater Tots, along with its amazingly sweet confections. You can watch your cotton candy More
    1 Ferry Building San Francisco CA 94111
    415-391-0420
    1 S. Park St. San Francisco CA 94107-1899
    415-243-0107
    68 Fourth St. San Francisco CA 94103
    415-777-1200
    This venerable hangout for tourists serves pricey bistro and bar fare with an emphasis on local, seasonal produce and sustainable, organic meats. Annabelle's is comfortable, whether you're plopped down at the bar for a glass of wine or gathered around a table with the whole family. The menu is highly More
    83 Minna San Francisco CA 94105
    415-501-9100
    This casual but chic fish house from the Rosenthal brothers (chefs Steve and Mitchell) and their partner, Doug Washington, joins their other downtown favorites, Town Hall and Salt House. The setting, a renovated turn-of-the-19th-century warehouse, has exposed brick, painted wood floors, and a sprinkling of maritime antiques. The seasonal, fish-heavy More
    2261 Shattuck Berkeley CA 94704
    510-548-6900
    All the classic NOLA specialties are on offer at this friendly brick-walled storefront cafe: hushpuppies, gumbo, jambalaya, blackened fish, barbecue shrimp, catfish, po'boys, beignets, loud music. Originals among Angeline's creations include baked crawfish-stuffed shrimp in piquante sauce and Bananas Foster bread pudding. We wish the fried chicken weren't boneless, but More
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    932 Larkin St. San Francisco CA 94109
    415-292-6914
    384 Hayes San Francisco CA 94102
    415-626-1211
    This charming small cafe, sister to fancy Absinthe down the street, has an especially pleasant large outdoor garden space with tree-shaded tables tucked behind it. There's good chow all day long, from house-baked pastries to lovely sandwiches, homemade soups, and moist roast chicken. It's close to Davies Hall and the More
    747 Irving San Francisco CA 94122
    415-665-7440
    Despite the old-fashioned Coke sign out front, Art's is no regular diner. You may order hash browns, eggs, and pancakes for breakfast and, at lunch, patty melts and sandwiches, But Art's is also somewhat sneakily a Korean restaurant. Alongside standard dishes can be found solid bul go kee, bi bim More
    4618 Third St. San Francisco CA 94124
    415-643-4983
    Rich, juicy honey-glazed chicken wings and other soul-satisfying fare stars at this friendly Hunters Point hangout. Robust collard greens with bacon, sweet and spicy yams, and hot, crumbly cornbread are among the menu's highlights. The crunchy-crusted fried chicken and buttery (if limply textured) waffles are made to order. More