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Son’s Addition is a neighborhood spot in the Mission that serves everything from charred octopus to a solid cheeseburger.
Che Fico, on the edge of NoPa, serves excellent Italian food in an impressively designed space.
The Market Restaurant at China Live in Russian Hill serves an extensive menu of Chinese food in a large, loud dining room.
Comstock Saloon is an old-school spot in North Beach serving great food and cocktails. Get the brussels sprouts.
This low-key Asian-American restaurant in North Beach serves delicious seasonal dishes and fresh seafood.
Hook Fish Co. is a tiny spot serving fresh, delicious seafood in the Outer Sunset.
Barvale, in NoPa, serves quality tapas - including some of the best octopus we’ve ever eaten.
Prepare to pay a lot of money for some delicious raw things - like oysters and beef tartare - at Petit Marlowe in SoMa.
Alba Ray’s is a Cajun spot in the Mission that will trick you into thinking you’re in New Orleans.
Jupiter in Berkeley is known for its amazing patio and live music situation. It has a ton of beers on tap and serves decent pizza.
Bette’s in Berkeley is an upscale 1950s-style diner that does a boozy brunch worth the guaranteed 45-minute wait.
Tomate Cafe might be a bit hard to find, but you should keep looking - they do one of the best breakfasts in Berkeley.
Gregoire in Berkeley is a tiny, takeout-only spot where you can get perfect picnic food.
Berkeley’s Top Dog is an institution: an anarchist hole-in-the-wall that serves incredible hot dogs late into the night.