Cheese Plus sounds a little like a bargain basement store for, well, cheese. But once you walk in, you’ll realize this deli is no joke. You’re here for a sandwich (try the Willie Brown Bird, with duck breast, cheese, and fig chutney), but they’ve also got everything you’d need for well-stocked picnic or the apocalypse, whichever comes first. Take a seat outside on a nice day to watch people pass by with dogs who may or may not have better health insurance than you do.
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Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
Head to Loving Cup in Russian Hill for rice pudding and frozen yogurt when ice cream just isn’t what you want.
Abrazo is a Spanish place in Russian Hill that’s great when you need a last-second table.
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The Californian-Mediterranean food at Lark in the Castro might be geographically inaccurate, but it tastes pretty great.
The Dorian is serving fancy comfort food and strong cocktails, while trying very hard to look cool.
Bar Agricole is one of the great utility players in the SF dining scene. Perfect For many occasions.
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Saigon Sandwich’s Sandwiches are $4 and pack more punch than most of the city’s pricier offerings. The best cheap lunch in the game.
Mission Cheese functions just as well for a quick solo lunch as it does for something longer, larger, and probably boozier.
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