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Sushi Hunter: A User’s Guide

All-You-Can Eat Sushi | Ramen and Udon Bowls | Handmade Kitchen Entrees

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: shrimp siu mai, or steamed shrimp dumplings
  • Specialty sushi: Tiger Eye with tempura salmon, cream cheese, avocado, cucumber, and jalapeño wrapped in soy paper
  • Kitchen entree: unaju, barbecued eel served over rice with sweet eel sauce
  • Bottomless option: Pay a flat rate and order off the all-you-can-eat menu, available daily.

Inside Tip: For an additional fee, all-you-can-eat diners can add a bottomless bottle of sake to their meal of hot appetizers and cold sushi.

Vocab Lesson
Karaage: a Japanese dish prepared by marinating small pieces of meat (typically chicken) in a mix of sauces, dredging them flour, and then deep-frying them until crispy.
Hamachi: young yellowtail, popular in sushi.

From the Press

  • “At the heart of the menu we find a variety of wonderful rolls, as inventively named as the fanciest cocktails and richly adulterated with such deli-style delights as avocado and cream cheese.” — San Francisco Bay Guardian

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Before: Reenact that scene from Big—but with more cardio—at Pier 39’s Musical Stairs, created by the same artist who was behind the movie’s famed keyboard.

After: Have a conversation with the parrots of Telegraph Hill, who can also be found near the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in Upper Fort Mason.

1701 Powell St
San Francisco,
CA
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The Washington Square Inn, a San Francisco bed and breakfast Inn in the city’s legendary North Beach neighborhood, welcomes its guests with all the charm and comfort of a small European hotel. Whether traveling to California for business or recreation, amenities offered with your stay at Washington Square Inn include free w

1660 Stockton St
San Francisco,
CA
US

With a sumptuous view of beautiful Washington Park in the North Beach district of San Francisco, Original Joe’s has grown from a 14-stool counter when it opened in 1937 to an archetypal example of great Italian-inspired dining. The atmosphere is lush, but not overly opulent. The service is down-to-earth and the vibe is easy-going. The extensive brunch menu features classics like Belgian waffles, eggs Benedict and huevos rancheros as well as a cornucopia of options that straddle breakfast and lunch. The lunch and dinner menus offer diners house specialties, sandwich and salad options, steaks and chops, chicken and veal entrees, seafood, and pasta. Desserts are beautiful to look at and delicious. Original Joe’s exhaustive wine list has many of California’s best wines. Catering is available as are semi-private and private dining options. Online reservations are available through OpenTable. The restaurant is open seven days a week.

601 Union St
San Francisco,
CA
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1504 Powell St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Caffe Sport

  • Specialty: Sicilian-style Italian cuisine with an emphasis on seafood
  • Pasta highlights: penne tossed with everything from mussels or squid to meat and mushroom sauce
  • Suggested secondi: Dungeness crab legs marinated in garlic sauce
  • For vegetarians: five mains, including spinach- and cheese-stuffed ravioli
  • To drink: local and regional wines and beers
  • Interior: full of elaborate furniture and woodcarvings made by founder Antonio La Tona, who added a new piece to the restaurant every day over several years

574 Green St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Sotto Mare: A User’s Guide

Italian Seafood | Casual Atmosphere | Historical North Beach Location | National Press

Sample Menu

  • Soup: cup of seafood chowder with bacon
  • Salad: wild-prawn cocktail
  • Entree: fettuccine with smoked salmon
  • Beverage: selection of Italian and Californian wines

Where to Sit: If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the small, crowded restaurant, see if one of the few tables nestled under the entrance's awning are available. Also, the restaurant has fewer than 40 seats, so parties of three or more are urged to make reservations.

While You’re Waiting

  • Soak in the building’s 100-year history by admiring the mementos and tchotchkes that adorn the walls.
  • Pass the time by chit-chatting with owner Gigi Fiorucci; he sometimes pours complimentary glasses of wine for his favorite conversationalists.

Inside Tips

  • Order what the restaurant humbly calls "the best damn crab cioppino." This seafood stew is a regional favorite, but "most other versions fail when compared with what's offered at Sotto Mare," the San Francisco Chronicle said. It's also been featured in Saveur magazine.
  • Restauranteur Fiorucci's been in the biz since 1967, and the decades of after-dinner sweets have done a number of his health. Therefore, Sotto Mare doesn't serve dessert, trans fats, or potatoes.
  • You can bring your own bottle of wine for $10; the corkage fee is waived if you also buy a bottle of the restaurant's selection.

Vocab Lesson
Cioppino: Italian immigrants debuted this stew filled with fish, shellfish, and tomatoes in San Francisco.
Crab louis: also known as crab louie, this cold salad finds lump crabmeat, tomato, and hard-boiled egg on shredded lettuce, topped with a sauce that contains mayo, chili powder, scallions, and green peppers.
Sand dabs: a small, delicate Pacific flatfish that's low in fat and high in sweetness.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
Sotto Mare doesn't serve dessert, but these nearby Italian bakeries and treat emporiums do:

  • Gelataria Naia, 520 Columbus Avenue
  • Stella Pastry & Café, 446 Columbus Avenue
  • Mara's Italian Pastries, 503 Columbus Avenue

552 Green St
San Francisco,
CA
US