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Smartest New Restaurant Concept 

AL's Place

1499 Valencia St., 415-416-6136
alsplacesf.com
While many restaurants seemingly do their part to hasten your death with inappropriately gargantuan portions of meat and hardly any vegetables, the new AL’s Place in the Mission offers a simple concept that might just extend your life expectancy. Chef/owner Aaron London first made his mark in Napa’s now-defunct Ubuntu, where he earned a Michelin star for his refined work. He hasn’t taken the strict plant-only ethos of Ubuntu to his own intimate, 45-seat Mission restaurant, but he has definitely made local and exotic produce a central focus, with carnivorous options cleverly served on the side. The only problem? The sides are so good, you’ll be tempted to order double portions.

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