If paying $25 for a hamburger upsets you but you can’t get with diner burgers for $3 either, you’re in luck. Popson’s is an order-at-the-counter spot that feels relaxed and neighborhoody, and makes seriously good burgers that are just the right mix between fast-food and fancy. For sides, the seasoned fries are the move. Make no attempts at being healthy when you’re anywhere within 500 feet of this place.
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Charmaine’s is the rooftop bar at the San Francisco Proper hotel in the Civic Center.
Zuni Cafe in the Civic Center is still an icon, and it sits firmly at the top of our list of favorite restaurants in this town.
August 1 Five
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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Violet’s in the Richmond is a good neighborhood date stop for cocktails and a light bite.
Red’s Java House
Red’s Java House is a classic SF stop off for a burger and a cold beer in the Embarcadero.
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