This East Coast chain is cranking out some of the best smashburgers, crinkle cut fries, and frozen custard concretes known to humankind. And in a city where everyone seems obsessed with wellness and longevity, sometimes it’s fun to take a break and eat a fast-food burger. This Shake Shack in Cow Hollow also has a Bay Area-specific menu, like soft-serve concretes made with B. Patisserien kouign-amann, but for the most part, you really can’t beat the classics.
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California Wine Merchant
California Wine Merchant doesn’t serve food, but it’s a good option for a wine night in the Marina.
Nectar Wine Lounge
One of our favorite places for wine in the Marina, Nectar has a sleek space and good food, too.
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Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero makes simple American food, like artichoke soup and pork chops, that’s worth going out of your way for.
This casual Bernal Heights restaurant has a huge patio that’s ideal for brunch or burgers with friends.
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The Italian Homemade Company
For a casual last-minute dinner in the Marina, The Italian Homemade Co. is a solid option.
Tacko is a Nantucket-themed Mexican restaurant in Cow Hollow. You should just stick to the tacos.
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