Three words: Spoonful of Happiness. The spoonful of uni, quail egg, and delicious sauce at Koo comes with a shot of sake, and you would be highly remiss not to order one for everyone at the table. Besides that, the fish here is all pretty great. We usually get the “Best Roll” and Godzilla tofu.
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Yummy Yummy is a Vietnamese restaurant in the Sunset with great pho and roasted Dungeness crabs.
Izakaya Sozai in the Sunset makes some of the best ramen in the city, in addition to their small menu of skewers and vegetable dishes.
The Pizza Place on Noriega
Pizza Place, in the Outer Sunset, reminds us of the pizza of our ’90s suburban childhood in the best way possible. There’s a good vegan pie, too.
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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).
Onigilly, in the Financial District, specializes in Japanese rice balls. It’s a good place for a quick lunch.
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Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase that doesn’t involve burning all your money.
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