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Best Bistro 

Zax

This North Beach hideaway-hangout features a hip, arty ambience, a friendly bar ideal for single dining, and stellar, reasonably priced food of the Provençal variety: everything you need for the total bistro experience. The monthly changing, seasonally informed menu is made up of only six starters and six entrees, resulting in concentrated servings of culinary wit: a salad of mustardy frisée, sweet-smoky bacon, and three duck livers hot from the skillet, a perfectly poached egg perched atop; a twice-baked, crunchy-on-the-outside, airy-within goat cheese soufflé; grilled petrale sole with capers, spinach, and sublime mashed potatoes; prosciutto-wrapped pheasant with bitter dandelion greens and Yellow Finn potatoes; a buttery apple galette. This is the perfect spot to grab a bite before the show at Bimbo's, right around the corner.

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