Clearly not a place for lactose intolerants, Mission Cheese functions just as well for a quick solo lunch as it does for something longer, larger, and probably boozier. Get a fancier than average grilled cheese (we’re partial to the California Gold), or go big with a cheese flight. Knowledgeable staff always have great recommendations, and if it’s that kind of meal, can recommend wine to go along with the board.
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A safe house from spicy sauce in the Castro, Eiji is one of the best low-key sushi spots around.
Mr. Pollo is a tiny tasting menu restaurant in the Mission unlike anything else in the city.
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Sir and Star at The Olema
Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.
Gather in Berkeley does great pizzas in a space that feels relaxed (if aggressively rustic).
Rose’s Cafe in Cow Hollow has great granola, pastries and an excellent breakfast pizza. Hit it in the morning for an outdoor breakfast.
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Tartine Manufactory in the Mission is a huge operation with excellent pastries, coffee, and ice cream, and dinner as well.
Burma Love is a high-quality Southeast Asian option in the Mission. You might even be able to go without a reservation.
Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase that doesn’t involve burning all your money.
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