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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The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.
The Mission mainstay has changed things around, serving up small plates, but it can't shake it's pricey and fancy training.
Son’s Addition is a neighborhood spot in the Mission that serves everything from charred octopus to a solid cheeseburger.
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Despite the hit-or-miss menu, Little Gem is an amazingly pleasant place to eat in Hayes Valley.
Pearl is a great option for a long weekend brunch or a casual weeknight dinner in the Richmond.
Violet’s in the Richmond is a good neighborhood date stop for cocktails and a light bite.
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