One of the few places in the city that does weekday brunch, Universal Cafe is a gem. The dinner is upscale American - from steak to pasta to a fish that changes regularly - but daytime is when Universal is at its best. The outdoor tables on a sunny weekend are ideal, partly because you can gloat at all the suckers still waiting in line while you get a tan.
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Alba Ray’s is a Cajun spot in the Mission that will trick you into thinking you’re in New Orleans.
The Mission mainstay has changed things around, serving up small plates, but it can't shake it's pricey and fancy training.
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Che Fico, on the edge of NoPa, serves excellent Italian food in an impressively designed space.
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