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      Frances

      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      Sandwiches; Burgers
      The Three Faces of Frances Daily Changing Menu The food at Frances changes daily. It reflects what chef Melissa Perello gathers from local markets, farms, and purveyors with whom she's developed personal relationships. Because of this ever-changing nature, the menu here is truly simple—it's broken into only four categories: appetizers, entrees, sides, and bouchées (small, tapas-style plates). In the past, the entree section has listed everything from Monterey black cod to chicken roulade with brown-butter vinaigrette. House Wine by the Ounce Frances' beverage director, Paul Einbund, blends all of the restaurant's house wines at a nearby winery before bringing them over in kegs and serving them on tap. The staff then delivers them to tables in elegant 16- or 20-ounce carafes, which are marked in 2-ounce increments so diners only pay for what they drink. A word of warning: don't get too attached to any one house wine, as Paul's blends change frequently to complement the menu and season. Functional, Intimate Space Tucked away in a residential slice of Castro, Frances squeezes every bit it can out of the space it occupies. Less than 50 seats are available, and most are on a bench that runs along the outer wall. There's also a 10-seat countertop in the bar section that’s available on a first-come, first-served basis. To separate these two areas, a partition, which doubles as a functioning wine rack, divides the restaurant down the middle. Such limited space means that the largest party Frances can typically accommodate is four.
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      Kasa Indian Eatery

      Castro (2560.5 mi)
      Indian
      Yelpers give both the 18th Street and Filmore Street locations four stars. Zagat gives the food a very good to excellent, and 75% of Urbanspooners like it:
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      Fitness Sf

      Castro (2560.5 mi)
      89% of 46 people
      Fitness Studio; Gym
      With five locations throughout the Bay Area, including three in San Francisco, Fitness SF caters to the needs of fitness enthusiasts and casual exercisers from Marin to Oakland. Each center brims with muscle-toning and pulse-raising equipment, allowing visitors a wide choice of activities, from pumping free weights to using ellipticals equipped with personal viewing screens. Although personal trainers are on hand to help refine technique and design individualized exercise regimens, the gyms' classes encourage guests to work out in a more communal setting. Yoga and Zumba appear on every class schedule, but instructors at each location incorporate their own additional sessions, such as cardio kickboxing, Bollywood dance, and Pilates mat. Many of the locations stay open until as late as midnight on select weekdays, which leaves plenty of time for a post-workout cooldown in the locker rooms.
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      Zadin

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Vietnamese
      Cousins Truc Tran and Bao Phan’s rolodex of family Vietnamese recipes earned their eatery, Zadin, a rating of very good to excellent from Zagat and an OpenTable Diners’ Choice award. The Pho Bo’s beef tips intertwine with rice noodles in a bowl of beef stock, and seared sea scallops pop out from a background of spinach noodles, green-coconut curry sauce, and green papaya. The cousins also add heat to their dishes by tossing prawns in a caramelized-garlic chili sauce and taking a blowtorch to every other glass of water. Out in the dining room, pinecone-shaped light fixtures and tabletop candles softly illuminate diners seated at a long banquette or cozy tables.
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      Panam

      Castro (2560.5 mi)
      French; French Breakfast
      Ever since first exposing raw ingredients to heat in 1991, the French have been expanding the possibilities of cuisine through subtle innovation. Today’s Groupon explores the virtuosity of French fusion with $40 worth of specially crafted food and drink at Panam for $20. This new restaurant in the Castro shows off its fanciful new digs with mouth-applauding tastes.
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      Eureka Restaurant and Lounge

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      91% of 1270 people
      Southern; Soul Food
      Raised by a family of chefs in Belzoni—a town in the Mississippi Delta—chef Gaines Douglas Dobbins brings a distinctly authentic southern flair to crafting dishes at the Zagat-rated Eureka Restaurant. Inside his kitchen, Dobbins prepares each dish to order, putting modern twists on southern dishes such as pairing fried okra with yuzu aioli and smoking pork loin in-house to re-create home-cooked flavors that are as comforting as a grandma wearing a teddy-bear costume. Customers dine in three different areas, clinking glasses of wine or custom cocktails. The romantic main dining room glows with flickering votive candles on each table. Upstairs, just beyond the cocktail lounge, the dining room features windows overlooking the bustle of the Castro district. The garden room, just off the outdoor patio, looks out on the trees, flowers, and gnomes who water them each day.
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      Dinosaurs

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      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      93% of 337 people
      Vietnamese; Sandwiches
      At Dinosaurs Vietnamese Sandwiches, cooks versed in the art of the banh mi sate patron’s cravings for the delicious Vietnamese sandwiches with one of their eight signature creations. Every sandwich begins with a crisp baguette and locally procured toppings—including jalapeno, cilantro, and pickled carrots and daikon—but can be customized with a choice of filling that range from roasted pork and sliced beef to crispy tofu and roasted portobello. The menu also houses a succinct selection of Vietnamese entrees, including a chicken-cabbage salad and shredded pork dusted with roasted rice powder. In addition to munching on a handful of vegan dishes, customers can wash them down with one of four vegan beverages, such as an avocado shake, watermelon litchi, or sustainably raised water.
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      SliderBar

      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      Burgers; Cocktails
      Slider Bar Café has built its breakfast menu atop a flavorful foundation of sliders—mini-sandwiches prepared with fresh ingredients and topped with naturally raised eggs and meats. Bite into the bite-sized bounty with two items from Slider Bar Café's slate of shrunken sandwichery. The classic American slider sneaks stars and stripes into stomachs via egg, crispy bacon, and American cheese atop an almost-American English muffin ($1.99), and the California slider sports a wheat-tortilla shawl swaddling egg, tomatoes, chives, avocado, pepper-jack cheese, and chipotle sauce ($2.99). For a delicious dive into diplomacy, opt for the Italian slider, stacked with pork sausage, egg, roasted red pepper, mushrooms, and a decadent roasted-garlic sauce ($2.99). Wash down eats with an orange juice ($2.49) and your choice of a coffee drink ($0.99–$3.29) from Slider Bar Café's roster of shippable eye-openers.
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      Samovar Tea Lounge

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      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      97% of 238 people
      Coffee; Tea
      Your senses seem stronger inside Samovar Tea Lounge. Warm sunlight streams through tall windows and hushed conversation mingles with the sound of tea flowing from nubbly iron kettles, their contents perfuming the air with hints of herbs, smoke, toasted rice, flowers, and revolutions in Boston. This is owner Jesse Jacobs' vision, what he describes on his website as "an escape from the overflow of information" into an intimate space for human interaction, carved out by the global ritual of sharing tea. This global emphasis inspires an artisanal menu of small plates and sandwiches that could conceivably be served during tea services in India and Morocco, or, in a playful turn by the chef, the Paleolithic era. It is the tea, however, that enables guests to get acquainted with international terroir without sneaking small shrubs through customs. Small, family farms in countries including Kenya, Paraguay, and Nepal, many of them organic, send their whole-leaf brews to fill Samovar's carefully curated collection. Each of its three locations serves the entire menu, which is comprehensive enough to classify oolong and pu-erh separately and boast vintage blends dating back to 1989.
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      Poesia

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Italian; Pasta
      Within its intimate space on the second floor of a renovated townhouse walkup, Poesia conjures a seasonally inspired dinner menu of delectable Italian entrees out of fresh ingredients and handmade pastas. Drum roll in the evening feast with an opener of raw organic filet mignon with parmigiano ($14), or lull taste buds into a dreamy bliss with the pillowy ricotta gnocchi with citrus sauce ($9). Pastas such as the fettuccine al ragu, a slow braised lamb shank with tomato sauce ($17), and a squid-ink risotto with scallops in a lobster reduction ($18) pile up skillfully cooked mountains of deliciousness, while the free-range rack of lamb ($27) and Mediterranean sea bass ($25) affably compete for a hearty appetite's affections.
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      Catch

      Best of Groupon
      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      90% of 911 people
      Seafood; Lobster
      Located firmly within San Francisco's Castro district, 2362 Market Street is steeped in city history. Here, Catch makes its mark in a storefront registered as an official city landmark that originally housed the burgeoning NAMES Project, which famously organized the creation of the AIDS Memorial Quilt. The history remains with the building, but Catch aims to create a new legacy while honoring the spirit of creativity and expression rooted in its surroundings. To foster this spirit, the chefs rotate their menus regularly, accommodating seasonal produce and fresh catches of local, sustainably sourced seafood. Each dish showcases these ingredients while incorporating Mediterranean influences and minimalist Californian sensibilities toward composition and presentation. A hearty bowl of mussels, clams, shrimp, scallops, crab, and fresh fish in a tomato broth evokes the flavors of portuguese stew, and the pizzas emerge with inspired toppings, such as smoked salmon and crème fraîche. The air of refined simplicity also extends to the dining room's decor. Cherry-wood tables line the tiled floors and surround the small, circular fireplace that helps heat the enclosed patio section. Two works of vibrantly colored wall art originals add a taste of whimsy to the space, as does the balcony-like stage that sits suspended 10 feet above the ground, dominating an entire corner of the room. A full piano resides on the stage, beckoning the live jazz bands that perform on Fridays and Saturdays for diners and brave souls who would like to make their seafood meals feel at home by playing sea shanties of yore.
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      Sushi Time

      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      Sushi; Japanese
      Sushi Time: A User’s Guide Stripped-Down Sushi | Tokyo-Style Kitsch | Underground Dining (Literally) Sample Menu To start: tuna avocado tartare with a miso vinaigrette Special roll: Barbie roll—crab, avocado, and salmon, wrapped in thin-sliced lemon Dessert: black-sesame ice cream To drink: a flight of three sakes When to Go: Happy-hour discounts run from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m., and you’ll probably have more luck getting a seat right away. While You Wait Try to spot all the vintage kids’ toys whose names have inspired special rolls such as the G.I. Joe and the Hello Kitty. Call dibs on an especially cute sake glass—waiters typically let you pick your own from a charmingly mismatched selection. Inside Tips This spot is also known as “Underground Sushi Time,” and it’s a little hard to spot. Head down the staircase tucked within the mini mall at its address. Reservations aren’t accepted, but if there’s a wait, try heading just upstairs to browse the eclectic selection at Books Inc.—it’s open until 10 p.m. Because of Sushi Time’s small scale, it’s a place for small groups and intimate conversation; parties larger than four may not be able to sit together. Critical Acclaim No. 5 on Business Insider’s list of the 10 Best Restaurants in San Francisco's Castro Neighborhood One of SFist’s 11 Best Sushi Restaurants in San Francisco Vocab Lesson Kenchin-style soup: a soup that incorporates hearty, all-vegan ingredients, including lots of root vegetables, tofu, and shiitake mushrooms. It originates from Japan’s Buddhist temple culture. Tsukune: Japanese chicken meatballs, often cooked on a skewer and covered in a sweet soy-based sauce. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Peruse the eclectic wares at A&G Merch, which sells everything from acacia-wood coffee tables to whale-shaped bottle openers (2279 Market Street). After: End the night with a seasonal cocktail and a game of pool at Blackbird (2124 Market Street).
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      Nizario's Pizza

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      68% of 29 people
      Pizza; Italian
      Nizario's Pizza has been satisfying customers since 1983 with its simple menu of tasty pies. Nine speciality pizzas satisfy with tried-and-true flavor pairings, such as the Greko's black olives, garlic, feta, and pesto, and the Hawaiian's Canadian bacon and pineapple. They also delight tongues with more unique combinations, such as the Tijuana's pepperoni, pineapple, and jalapeños. Customers feeling creative can crown pizzas with their own topping selections and then put them in a shadowbox.
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      Frapez

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      68% of 41 people
      Beverage; Bakery / Bread
      Stinging nettles; squash-ginger twist; Happy Feet. Frapez Smoothie Spa's organic beverages sound like yoga poses and are likewise designed to balance and detoxify the body. Hot smoothies pack in the same fruit-sourced nutrients as cold smoothies, minus the brain freeze and moist handshakes. Teas, such as dandelion leaf, and juices, such as the energizing wheatgrass, further support the Frapez mission of infusing lives with a convenient supply of nutrients. Frapez's in-house nutritionist provides one-on-one consultations to help clients develop nutrition programs that fit their lifestyles. Detox programs combine the shop's smoothies and teas in regimens designed to clean out and energize the body's organs.
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      Twin Peaks Tavern

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Beer / Wine; Cocktails
      Twin Peaks Tavern: A User’s Guide Historic Gay Bar | Landmark Status | Quiet Atmosphere | Great People Watching Where to Sit Find a spot almost anywhere within the U-shaped bar for unparalleled people watching from the iconic floor-to-ceiling windows. Sneak up the stairs to watch the watchers from the balcony. When to Go: One of the few bars in The Castro with daytime hours, on select days the doors open at 8 a.m. Inside Tips The bar’s clientele is famously mature, but the open, accepting atmosphere sees patrons of all ages come through the doors. Situated directly across from the Castro Muni station. Living History It’s remained nearly unchanged since 1923, when then-owner Samuel Levin updated the building’s façade, restyling the Victorian aesthetic into the Mediterranean-revival style that exists today. Noted as the country’s first gay bar to feature floor-to-ceiling windows Designated a historical landmark in 2013
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      Books

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      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      Coffee / Tea; Coffee
      For Books Inc., it's been a long road, and if you trace the lines back to its origins, it's California's oldest bookstore. After striking gold—literally—back in 1851, Anton Roman set up shop as a bookseller. Although the shop moved, was sold, burned down, changed hands again, and was rebuilt, the spirit remained intact, and today, multiple locations of the indie bookstore have sprouted up across The Golden State. Staff members keep the shelves lined with classic and contemporary tomes in all genres, and a myriad of book clubs help keep the love of literature alive. They also run a vibrant event program featuring author events and readings where patrons can enjoy an experience they can't download.
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      Ike's

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Coffee; Tea
      Ike’s Place: A User’s Guide 100+ Sandwiches | Freshly Baked Bread | Halal Meats | Plentiful Vegan Options | Featured on Man v. Food Sample Sandwiches Super Mario with meatballs, marinara sauce, and mozzarella sticks Backstabber with caesar dressing, chicken, provolone, and artichokes Vegan Captain Kirk with avocado, sweet orange glaze, faux breaded chicken, and dairy-free cheese Trophy Case Named Best Vegan Meatballs in America by PETA Voted Best Sandwich Shop in 2009 and 2010 by San Francisco Chronicle Voted Best Sandwich in 2009 and 2010 by San Francisco Weekly As Seen on TV On Man v. Food, Ike’s creations prompted Adam Richman to claim: “As far as sandwiches go, I may have very well left my heart in San Francisco.” Duff Goldman called the Backstabber sandwich his favorite messy food on Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Inside Tip: Diners don’t have to be meat-eaters or wheat-eaters to enjoy an Ike’s sandwich. The menu boasts vegan analogs of some of the most popular sandwiches, as well as gluten-free bread. How to Avoid the Lines: Order in advance over the phone or through Ike’s Facebook page. Otherwise, be prepared for a wait of up to two hours. Ike’s serves nearly 1,200 customers per day, and the lines reach such epic lengths that they were featured in the New York Times.
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      Cove Cafe

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Sandwiches; Burgers
      Breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes shimmy across the pages of the menu at the Cove on Castro Café, a restaurant suffused with the history and culture of the neighborhood it's called home for more than 40 years. In the morning, diners sip on bloody marys and devour omelets as warming rays of sunshine barge through the front windows. Chefs then fire up burners for homemade soups and dinners replete with 10-ounce rib-eye steaks, chicken piccata sautéed with capers, and freshly baked black irish soda bread. Tired of floating through the air, free WiFi waves rest on the padded benches that fill the dining room, where a trio of flat-screen TVs projects slideshows that chronicle the neighborhood's history and review the procedure for repelling a pterodactyl attack.
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      Cafe Mystique

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Coffee; Tea
      Don't let the lipstick red underwear distract you. Nor should you let the photos of lovely people wearing little else but said underwear sway you from your goal. The mission at Hot Cookie is to get your mitts on the cookies––just-baked, fresh-from-the-oven cookies. Shoppers can take home a dozen of the morsels or bring home a large cookie cake, which can be personalized with an iced message or Twitter handle. Groupon Celebrates Pride Month Over the last 50 years, the gay-rights movement in America has overcome tremendous obstacles to become a powerful voice for inclusion and diversity. Even as it has grown, the movement—like Groupon—is local at heart, and we applaud the commitment to real change that improves everyday lives. At Groupon, we are happy to add our voices to those celebrating PRIDE, their achievements as a social movement and a continued march to equality for the LGBT community. Plus, we love a chance to dig that rainbow wig out of storage. This month—and throughout the year—we salute our merchants and customers who support PRIDE and all efforts that promote dignity, respect, and equal opportunity. We're highlighting these merchants' deals with a special badge to show Groupon's pride in working with people who share our values.
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      Kpop - SF

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Chicken / Buffalo Wing; Beer / Wine
      K-Pop Korean Restaurant combines the peninsula's famed cuisine with a soundtrack that keeps toes tapping as mouths try to keep up. As chefs put together the myriad ingredients in bibimbap rice bowls or Korean barbecue wraps, surrounding TVs play the colorful, sometimes frenetic, music videos that accompany famed K-pop hits. Dimmed track lighting makes the dining room feel intimate, relying on the bright lights of the kitchen, the floor-to-ceiling windows, and the glowing laser eyes of pop stars to illuminate the restaurant instead.
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      Barracuda Japanese Restaurant

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      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      83% of 621 people
      Japanese; Sushi
      Over the last five years, the chefs at Barracuda Japanese Restaurant have continually tinkered with their sushi, teriyaki, and noodle dishes, customizing the menu to fit each Barracuda location’s neighborhood and clientele. Using fresh fish and fruit sourced locally and sustainably whenever possible, the team crafts more than a dozen specialty rolls, including the Japanese Cowboy Roll, which matches crabmeat with mango, avocado, and thinly sliced Kobe beef. Staples such as chicken teriyaki rest side by side with more intricately prepared eats including pan-seared rib eye with mashed potatoes. Lit from underneath, the dining room’s dim orange walls surround potted plants and wooden tables that can accommodate groups of all sizes.
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      The Sausage Factory

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      Pizza; Italian
      The Sausage Factory: A User’s Guide Homestyle Italian Cuisine | From-Scratch Sauce and Dough | Victorian Decor A Taste Chicken valdostana: chicken breast stuffed with ham and mozzarella Sole dore: battered Dover Sole sauteed with a white-wine-lemon sauce Factory special pizza: topped with ground beef, olives, bacon bits, and fresh tomatoes Behind the Name: Up until the 1940s, this Italian eatery was exactly what it claims to be: a sausage factory. Today, in the back bar and banquet room, guests can still find the original meat racks and the iron doors that led to the smoke rooms. Where to Sit: A plush, red-vinyl booth, a high-backed dark-wood booth, or around a solid wood table in the center of the dining room. Anywhere you sit, though, you’ll be enclosed by a charmingly antiquated building that dates back to 1884. While You’re Waiting Marvel at the antique mirrors and wallpapers that add a Victorian vibe to the dining area. Scour the old black-and-white photographs speckling the walls for any traces of the ever-elusive Waldo. While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Pick up the latest Walking Dead comics and action figures at Whatever… (548 Castro St). After: Enjoy trivia or comedy while sipping a white sangria at Harvey’s (500 Castro St).
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      Lime

      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      55% of 29 people
      Beer / Wine; Cocktails
      More than 1,300 Yelpers give Lime an average of four stars, OpenTable reviewers give it an overall average of 3.8 stars and Citysearchers give Lime an average of 4.5 stars.
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      Escape From New York Pizza

      Castro (2560.6 mi)
      89% of 109 people
      Pizza; Italian
      Paul Geffner's upbringing on the Lower East Side of Manhattan ingrained in him a connoisseurship that non-New Yorkers could only dream of: that of the floppy, foldable pizza indigenous to the East Coast. Once he moved to San Francisco and needed to make a living, he embraced his palate and founded a business along with his fellow street artist Rob Friedman and musician Joe Goldmark. Today, Escape From New York Pizza has evolved from a single outpost to six pizzerias run by partners, whose unique backgrounds have contributed to the brand's quirky personality. Rich Morin is a native of Guam, Suzanne Esser is a Pizza My Heart alumni, and Tim Parker started at Escape passing out flyers before quickly revealing his business acumen. At each location, patrons pick up slices of specialty pizzas such as the Gourmet with spinach, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and artichokes, or the You Say Potato, blanketed in pesto sauce and slices of roasted potatoes. There are also four kinds of chicken pizza, including the Big Applewood Chicken with barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheddar cheese.
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      Bombay Indian Restaurant

      Castro (2560.3 mi)
      Indian; Salad
      Since 1992, Bombay Indian Restaurant's chefs have been perfecting their menu of traditional Indian cuisine, with their efforts earning the eatery the title of Best San Francisco County Indian Restaurant from Best of the Bay in 2009. Wafts of simmering garam masala and curry fill the air, heralding the arrival of spice-laden chicken, seafood, lamb, and vegetable dishes. An intimate seating area—with mural-filled alcoves, intricate woodwork, and candlelit tables—entices diners to eat in, and the catering and delivery services ferry meals to the front doors of homes or 12-story couch forts.
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      Anchor Oyster Bar

      Castro (2560.7 mi)
      Seafood; Lobster
      Anchor Oyster Bar Sustainable Seafood | Critically Acclaimed Chowder | In-House Fish Market | No-Frills Atmosphere Sample Menu Appetizer: oyster shooters, served regular or soju-style Salad: classic caesar salad tossed with shrimp or crabmeat Entree: sautéed garlic prawns with roasted potatoes and veggies The Vibe: Because they want to keep the focus on the food, Anchor's team maintains a relatively no-frills dining room. Still, its marble counter and stainless-steel tables create a "classic style" according to Coastal Living magazine, which included the oyster bar on its 2010 list of best seafood dives. While You're Waiting: Browse Anchor's in-house fish market for some sustainably caught seafood to take home. Inside Tip: Kick your meal off by ordering a cup, bowl, or family-sized trough of the Boston-style clam chowder, which the San Francisco Chronicle named one of the city's best. While You're in the Neighborhood Before: Stock up on new LPs at Rooky Ricardo's Records (448 Haight Street). After: Snap along to live jazz at Club DeLuxe (1511 Haight Street).
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      Spike's Coffees and Teas

      Castro (2560.7 mi)
      Coffee; Tea
      Spike’s Coffees & Teas: A User’s Guide Old-School Coffeehouse | Friendly Staff | 50 Tea Varieties | Conversation Hot-Spot | Eco-Friendly Practices Sample Selections White chocolate mocha A hot cup of honey-ginseng tea Ham and cheese croissant While You’re Waiting Check out the local artwork hanging on the walls, which gets refreshed monthly. Peruse the shelves, stocked with sweet treats such as chocolate chip cookies and lemon drop candies. Inside Tips With no WiFi, Spike’s is utterly low-tech. Expect to do all your work offline or spend the afternoon chatting with the super-friendly staff and regulars. Feel free to bring your own coffee mug—many of the regulars do. Staffers likes to keep things as green as possible, recycling and composting as much as they can. If you can’t make it in, you can order one of their signature tea and coffee varieties by the bag on their online shop. Vocab Lesson Crema: The brownish foam that sits atop a good cup of espresso While You’re in the Neighborhood Before: Work up an appetite by hiking the Vulcan Staircase (1 Vulcan Stairway), which winds its way past some of the city’s hidden gardens and Victorian homes. After: Commemorate your visit to Spike’s by hunting down a coffee-scented candle at ZGO (600 Castro Street)
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      L'Ardoise

      Castro (2560.4 mi)
      French; French Breakfast
      L'Ardoise Bistro: A User’s Guide French Bistro Food | Charming Atmosphere | French Wine List Sample Menu Appetizer: tiger-prawn ravioli with sauce vierge and fresh herbs Entree: Black Angus hanger steak with pommes frites Dessert: apple tarte tatin Meet the Chef: Chef Thierry Clement grew up in France, where he learned to appreciate the region’s fresh, simply prepared food. This passion propelled him into a career as a chef, working at restaurants with Michelin stars and James Beard nominations before opening up L'Ardoise Bistro. The Vibe: The bistro exudes Parisian charm. Diners are surrounded by dark woods, deep-red walls, and floral carpets flecked with red and gold. According to the San Francisco Bay Guardian, “It would not be difficult to imagine Proust in the next room, scribbling away.” While You’re Waiting: Peep through the tiny kitchen window. You might be able to spot Chef Clement inside, putting the finishing touches on your meal. Vocab Lesson L'Ardoise: French for “chalkboard.” Tarte tatin: an upside-down French dessert that features fruit—usually apples—caramelized in butter and sugar.
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      Bawdy Storytelling

      Mission Dolores (2560.2 mi)
      64% of 65 people
      Drinks; Bistro
      From their perch in the Mission District, the culinary artists at Balançoire present brunch and dinner inspired by the regional cuisines of Louisiana and France. The restaurant houses two dance floors, two bars, and a stage that hosts live nighttime performances, a tradition begun by French kings who would interrupt dinner to read their memoirs out loud from cover to cover. Behind the scenes, chefs build brunch dishes, including the croque-monsieur, croque-madame with a sunny-side up egg, and brioche french toast, many of which are accompanied by cocktails and West Coast beers. In the evening, they mix French and creole recipes in dishes such as fried artichokes with rémoulade, eggplant fusilli, and creole prawns in spicy lime sauce.
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      Chile Pies and Ice Cream

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      Mission Dolores (2560.2 mi)
      87% of 231 people
      French Breakfast; Mexican
      Native to New Mexico, the green chile is packed with vitamin C and produces an endorphin high with each bite, so it's no wonder that it's the starring ingredient at Chile Pies (Sweet & Savory). The all-purpose veggie makes its journey from Bueno Foods, a half-century old food company that's also native to the state, directly to Chile Pies' made-from-scratch dishes. It then casts its capsaicin spell on sweet dishes, like the house specialty green chile apple pie, and savory plates, like veggie green chile stew. Red chiles also make their way into a variety of sweet and savory pies, both handheld and plated, as well as sandwiches, salads, and house-made drinks.
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