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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A safe house from spicy sauce in the Castro, Eiji is one of the best low-key sushi spots around.
A pasta bar in the Mission with very good food, that we wish felt a little less rushed.
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Gregoire in Berkeley is a tiny, takeout-only spot where you can get perfect picnic food.
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Sessions At The Presidio
Sessions at the Presidio is a beer-focused restaurant with good energy, in an area that needs it.
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