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Five Things to Know About The Corner Store

This aptly named restaurant really does serve a little bit of everything, from hangover-friendly brunch dishes and coffee to fresh California halibut and craft cocktails. Read on to learn more about this eclectic spot in Inner Richmond:

  • Brunch is a fan favorite. Buttermilk pancakes, biscuits and gravy, and eggs benedict bring diners in. Bottomless mimosas keep them in their seats.
  • Most of the dinner entrees originated in California. The Corner Store Burger is made with Niman Ranch beef, and the oven-roasted chicken is raised in Sonoma County.
  • Some of the drinks are locally sourced, too. Sip on the Bay’s own Mr. Espresso coffee or order a hometown brew from the likes of Anchor Steam or Speakeasy Ales & Lagers.
  • The Burger & Shake special is extra-special. Order this combo and you’ll receive the house burger and a boozy milk shake, such as the Manhattan Shake with bourbon, sweet vermouth, cherry syrup, and vanilla ice cream.
  • Some of the old-fashioned sodas are made in-house. Try the cucumber, blueberry-ginger, or grapefruit varieties.

5 Masonic Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Sunstream Coffee

  • Specialties: Brazilian coffee and snacks
  • Accolades: SFWeekly named it the best Brazilian snack shop in 2011.
  • What to get for the fruit lover: the Açai na Tigela or açai bowl, with bananas and granola
  • What to get for the meat lover: the coxinhas—fried dumplings filled with shredded chicken and Catupiry cheese
  • Drink most likely to make you feel like a real Brazilian: Order the cafezinho, an espresso-sized cup of very strong, very sweet black coffee popular throughout Brazil.
  • Delivery: yes, for orders over $10 (and it’s free, too)

2884 Geary Blvd
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.

3355 Geary Blvd
San Francisco,
CA
US

Behind The Cheese Steak Shop's refreshingly simple name lies an American treasure: the Philly cheesesteak. The first Cheese Steak Shop was founded in 1982 by Pennsylvania transplant Keith Layton who set out to do his beloved meal right with top-shelf ingredients and sourcing all of the peppers, Tastycakes, Amoroso rolls, and pithy Ben Franklin quotes straight from the City of Brotherly Love. Inside each toasty, hearth-baked roll, strips of thinly-sliced sirloin, tender chicken, earthy mushrooms, or zesty pepperoni sizzle beneath a smothering layer of provolone or American cheese.

1716 Divisadero St
San Francisco,
CA
US

In Focus: Morning Due Cafe

  • Specialty: brunch and lunch
  • Dish with longest prep time: rotisserie chicken, which is brined for 24 hours and marinated with tasty herbs. Fortunately, it doesn’t take that long for it to arrive at your table.
  • Famous brunch drink: flavored mimosas served in pint glasses
  • Number of salads: 13
  • Happy hour: 5–9:30 p.m. Friday–Sunday with discounted draft beer and wine

489 Church St
San Francisco,
CA
US

Almost too beautiful to eat, the carefully-plated cuisine at Will Sushi is thoughtfully constructed by experienced sushi chefs working behind a long, dark bar. Here, they roll colorful cuts of fish into specialty maki rolls which then twist across a plate in the shape of a writhing dragon or surrounded by colorful flourishes of house-made sauces. The kitchen works collaboratively with sushi chefs to build bento boxes, which can be customized with components such as salmon and beef teriyaki.

1380 9th Avenue
San Francisco,
CA
US