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The exotic Amber brand expands with this 6,000-square-foot restaurant of bright yellow, orange, and sex appeal, set on Valencia and next door to Luna Park. The ground floor is for cocktail drinking... read more
A striking emblem of gentrification and possible harbinger of the Mission’s future – was home to a 20+ year-old Mexican joint El Herradero, and a 1920s donut shop before that. Given a s... read more
Much better than your standard lo mein takeout spot, much more fun than anything with a Michelin star. Mission Chinese delivers the goods when you're craving Asian classics, with no entree priced a... read more
The restaurateur brave enough to occupy this space after Conduit closed faced a unique challenge - how to incorporate the original Stanley Saitowitz design elements into a new look and feel. Aom Ph... read more
From local father-daughter team Leopoldo Lopez Gil and Adriana Lopez Vermut, who may be threatening Bay Area burrito hegemony with bright, soulful Venezuelan arepera. Small but hearty fried corn pa... read more
Tiny, cheery bakery slings freshly baked empanadas on a stretch of 16th that needed light. Some scoff at $5 for an empanada, but they're on the large side, filled with plentiful ingredients and enc... read more
Sandwiched ibetween 76 gas station and former auto mechanic; in any other city at any other time, this place would be a brake repair shop. Welcome to late-stage Valencia gentrification, where you c... read more
May be the first viable businesses to owe it’s success to Web 2.0 — their Twitter feed (@palstakeaway) of outrageously delicious sandwich combinations literally drove drooling masses to... read more
From the good peoples behind Teutonic Mission stalwart Walzwerk, uber-clean, spare and smart corner deli serves a small but very good lunch menu to freelancers and neighborhood types. Veal schnitze... read more
Like the intentionally-lowercase name, pleasingly straightforward and smart Mission enoteca, inspiring a devoted following. Fresh-out-the-brick oven Neopolitan-style pizzas proffered by our man Joh... read more
From owners of down-the-block Weird Fish, café-slash-wine bar is an aggressive gentrification statement sitting in stark contrast to the surrounding check cashing spots, MS-13 gang tags and ... read more
Not a restaurant with a fixed address but an ongoing experiment in creative cooking led by husband-and-wife team Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz, recently serving out of Chinese restaurant Lung S... read more
One of the most coveted, discussed and blogged about brunches in the city and a very tough midday weekend table, deservedly so. With a super clean and smart corner space at the crossroads of the Mi... read more
Tiny, intimate, homey spot feels more East Village than Mission, one of the toughest tables in town some nights due to a loyal, growing foodie following craving their unique sustainably-farmed and ... read more
If there is any sun peeking through the SF fog, it shines over the sprawling outdoor porch and its trendy relaxed hipster fixtures at Atlas. No venti, machi-whateverati in this spot. Don’t co... read more
Easily a top-10 SF sushi spot, beloved by locals and still relatively undiscovered. Bright, leafy front room belies a dark, sexy back room. Wildly fresh, colorful cuts, and beautifully simple prese... read more
Couture California Cuisine in the bull’s eye of the Valencia Strip with all the vestments: sumptuous local organic produce, clever cocktails, impeccable wait staff and exorbitant price. For t... read more
NYC meets SF: thin crust pizza is given the full Cali-organic treatment on a bright, busy Mission corner, inpires lines out-the-door even on weeknights. Mix-n-match your own pie with toppings like ... read more
Some would label this crammed corner grocery, uh, unsavory (ok: “ghetto”), and while it’s certainly “trapped in a mid-90s time warp” in terms of décor (and poss... read more
As the gaudy sign outside describes, this is a combination of Persi...
Surreal cocktailing in SoMa. Heady mix of gothic and steampunk deco...
With just 18 seats (plus 12 bar seats), exposed brick, unglaze...
Hakkasan takes its Cantonese cuisine west with signature swanky sty...
The storied New Orleans venue named after the legendary band has ma...