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Espetus: A User's Guide

Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Keywords: Brazilian Steak House | Rodizio-Style Service | Gourmet Salad Bar | International Wine Selection

Sample Menu

  • Meat options: top sirloin, filet mignon, bacon-wrapped chicken breast
  • Salad-bar options: rice, paella, and fish stew
  • Dessert: passion fruit mousse
  • Drink: caipirinha

Inside Tip:

  • If you want to save some money and don’t mind a limited menu, head to Espetus during lunch.
  • Vegetarians can navigate this meat-heavy menu by ordering the salad-bar-only option.

Vocab Lesson
Churrascaria: Brazilian-style barbecuing where the meat is skewered and cooked over an open flame or on a grill; the meat itself is called churrasco.
Caipirinha: a Brazilian cocktail made with the sugarcane-based spirit cachaca and lime juice.

1686 Market St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Five Things to Know About Chambers Eat + Drink

What’s the most important thing about dining out? A fun atmosphere? A menu of unique dishes? An outdoor space for breezy dining? Chambers checks off all these items and more at its stylish spot inside the Phoenix Hotel. Read on for more on what to expect:

  • You can find your inner rock star. With an emphasis on rock ‘n’ roll culture, the restaurant’s interior might make you feel like you should have a guitar in your hand. Shelves upon shelves of old LPs line the walls, and most areas look like they’d make Prince feel at home with plush purple cushions, decorative curtains, and dim yellow lighting.
  • Dinner is as pretty as it is tasty. If you like good food with a side of drama, this is the place to be. The smoking pork belly comes out on a grate-covered box with flavored smoke drifting up through it, whereas the kobe tri-tip is grilled on a feverishly hot rock and served still sizzling.
  • Don’t miss out on brunch. Bottomless mimosas are one reason. Biscuits and gravy with togarashi are another. The soufflé pancake with apple chutney is a fluffy tower of careful precision with maple ice cream on top. Just don’t forget to make a reservation.
  • Eat poolside. The eatery is self-proclaimed as the only place in San Francisco where you can get a meal poolside, so live it up. The large outdoor patio space also has tents to keep the breeze at bay and shady spots to keep cool on warm days.
  • There’s a drink to match just about every dish. At brunch, the bloody mary comes with a choice of four types of alcohol and dinner cocktails use herb infusions, grapefruit bitters, and basil to find the perfect balance. The beer program is serious too, with sours, ciders, IPAs and saisons rounding out the menu.

601 Eddy St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In 1947, owners Mel Weiss and Harold Dobbs assembled a staff of 14 carhops to serve passing motorists at the first Mel's Drive-In. For the next two decades, customers partial to automobile dining flocked to the chain’s 11 California locations, eager to wash down grass-fed half-pound burgers with thick milk shakes. As fast-food outlets outpaced the drive-in's once-speedy service, its popularity declined, and it was eventually scheduled for demolition. The building got a temporary reprieve, however, when filmmaker George Lucas decided to use the drive-in's original location on Lombard Street as the colorful backdrop for his film American Graffiti. As bulldozers destroyed the last remnants of the historic drive-in, American Graffiti opened in theaters.

A decade later, though, Mel's son Steven reopened Mel's Drive-In in an attempt to carry on his father's dream. Steven restored the drive-in's multiple locations to mirror their original motif by stocking each with midcentury must-haves such as illuminated marquees, jukeboxes, and Elvis-themed WiFi passwords. The drive-in’s menu, meanwhile, balances period-appropriate fare, such as hot dogs and burgers, with healthy options, such as the Haven’s Famous vegetarian sandwich, two slices of nine-grain bread topped with avocado, sprouts, and tomatoes.

1050 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Soluna Cafe and Lounge

  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Who eats here: City Hall workers and showgoers grabbing a bite before heading a block away to the Orpheum Theatre
  • Eat this: the signature Civic burger—all-natural beef ground in-house and served on a brioche bun with crispy onions, black-garlic aioli, and triple-green brie
  • Drink this: a Fire and Brimstone—Bulleit bourbon, Fire nectar, lemon, ginger, pineapple, and burned lemon peel
  • If you dream about swimming in Wonka’s chocolate river: order the mexican hot chocolate pot de crème for dessert

272 McAllister St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Kyoto Sushi

  • Specialty: Japanese classics such as tempura, katsu, and sushi
  • The biggest draw: Sapporo on draft for $0.99—all day, everyday
  • Best substitute for beer: sake by the glass or bottle
  • Signature roll: unagi and avocado over shrimp tempura
  • Roll most likely to make teens rebel against their parents: the Rock ’n Roll with unagi, avocado, and tobiko

1233 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: V Cafe

  • Specialty: no-frills diner fare
  • Decor: classic Americana
  • Signature sandwich: foot-long philly cheesesteak
  • Most tropical lunch: Hawaii cheeseburger with pineapple
  • Classic entree: fish and chips
  • Delivery: for a $1 charge on minimum orders of $14

1525 Folsom St
San Francisco,
CA
US