Blue Barn’s newer Steiner St. venue has lots of seats and a partially-covered, airy back section. It still serves the same solid menu of salads and sandwiches that are overpriced but extremely satisfying. Stock up on their fantastic churro rice krispie treats on your way out.
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Chubby Noodle in the Marina is our go-to in the neighborhood for a good time and even better food. We occasionally dream about the pork tacos.
A Cow Hollow French bistro that’ll make you feel like you’re in Paris. Gamine’s got it going on.
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Fifth Arrow in Union Square is a bar and bowling alley with pizza that you’ll actually want to eat.
Causwells is a much-needed brunch spot in the Marina, that works well any time of day. Especially since the burger is always on the menu.
Nook is a solidly on-price, reliable neighborhood hang in Russian Hill. Even if they do weird things with granola.
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On average, the best bread bakery in the country can be found at Tartine Bakery in the Mission.
Namu Gaji is running a menu of Korean-Japanese science experiments in the Mission. Some work, some don’t.
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August 1 Five on Van Ness brings a very good restaurant option to a part of town that needs more of them.
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