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Best Iteration of Pre-1915 California Cuisine 


3115 22nd St., 415-757-0994
Californios’ Val Cantu has a dark horse concept that blends a reverence for the distant past with a glimpse into the future. Distilling California cuisine down to its ancestral roots, Cantu offers a tasting menu full of surprises. You never know what you’re getting when you sit down, and you may not be sure what you’ve had when you receive an abstract art poster meant to represent the menu at the end of the meal. This all happens in a modern-noir room where Frank Ocean plays on repeat and Robert Mapplethorpe and Damian Hirst art books line the walls. A reasonably priced tasting menu format delivers almost double the value.

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