The fried hen-of-the-woods mushrooms are crunchy and chewy and one of our favorite appetizers, but that’s only one small reason to head to this ramen shop on Cortland Ave. They also have a solid by-the-glass sake list, and the smokey tonkatsu ramen comes with pork belly that crunches so loud when you eat it that we imagine the families passing by outside can hear us.
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Virgil’s Sea Room
When things start to get rowdy at El Rio, Virgil’s is right next door and serves reasonably-priced cocktails.
Barebottle Brewing Company
Barebottle Brewing Company in Bernal Heights has TVs, games, and more creative beers than you can handle.
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Soba Ichi in West Oakland is one of the only places in the country that makes soba by hand. And it's incredible.
Tanuki Restaurant 狸壽司
Tanuki, in the Inner Richmond, serves delicious uni nigiri and vegetarian sushi that won’t make you sad, and also runs a strong delivery operation.
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Nojo is a great example of our favorite type of restaurant: excellent food and easy to get into.
El Rio in Bernal Heights is one of our old reliables - especially with it’s excellent outdoor space.
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