Joe Starkey
Joe Starkey
KRISTIAN MELOM
Joe Starkey
Don Pisto's
Taverna Aventine
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1. Rosa Mexicano 30 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Financial District)

The FiDi location of this national chain is a reliable spot for upscale Mexican food. Almost every table orders the guacamole, which is prepared tableside in a molcajete. The menu includes all the Americanized Mexican staples, like enchiladas; steak, pork, and chicken entrées, and corn tortilla tacos. There are more than 10 kinds of margaritas and pitchers of sangria, so basically, Rosa Mexicano is the answer when you're just "craving Mexican."

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2. Third Rail 628 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

This great SF cocktail bar serves up delicious libations -- get anything with Mezcal, and cheers to it!

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3. Poquito 2368 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

From a first-time resto owner out to share his family recipes with the world (and more immediately, the Dogpatch), this tequila bar/small plate-ery features a Latin American-influenced menu (cheese-smothered arepas, etc.), plus a full bar with specialty c

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4. Dogpatch Saloon 2496 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

An 100yr-old cocktailery from the dudes behind SOMA's 83 Proof.

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5. Smokestack at Magnolia Brewing 2505 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

The folks behind Magnolia Brewing Company expanded their beloved operation with this hip warehouse-style brewpub in Dogpatch (exposed pipe and reclaimed wood abound), which not only boasts a huge, on-site brewing system that can produce up to 30 barrels, but also -- across the room -- smoked-in-house BBQ offerings including sausage, brisket, and Wagyu beef ribs. There's even a full-of-surprises cocktail program that slings exceptional whiskey concoctions like the Dutchman's Flat with rye, ginger, honey, lemon, toasted Nori, and beef bouillon (didn't see that one coming, did you?).

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6. Trick Dog 3010 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Brought to you by The Bon Vivants, Trick Dog in The Mission's a marble- and steel-adorned cocktailery serving drinks from a Pantone-inspired menu with names from favorite song titles, along with bar bites like beer nuts, pickles, and cracklins.

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7. Don Pisto's 510 Union St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

If you were convinced you couldn’t find good Mexican in North Beach, think again -- this hip eatery even gives Mission joints a run for their money. Served by a friendly staff, Mexican street eats dominate the menu, such as ceviche, tacos, and tamales, but the real show-stopper here is the whole lobster that's big enough for two. Dip it in heavenly cilantro garlic butter, then go to town creating absolutely decadent tacos with all the fixin's.

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8. El Techo de Lolinda 2518 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

El Techo, the more casual version of the downstairs Argentinean steakhouse Lolinda, serves Latin American street food and pitchers of margaritas. You’re gonna want to get the chicharrones de carne, which come in half pound, one pound, or one and a half pound orders (in other words, you'll need to come with friends). These aren’t your basic sidewalk cracklin's -- these are massive fried chunks of roasted pork shoulder that you’ll devour with housemade tortillas, lime, salsa, and escabeche meant to be enjoyed alongside one of the best rooftop views San Francisco has to offer.

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9. Taverna Aventine 582 Washington St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (North Beach)

This upscale bar is an after-work destination in downtown San Francisco. The Italian-inspired menu is filled with high-low bar bites like pigs-in-a-blanket, beef tartare, and grilled pizza. The classic cocktails -- think Moscow Mules and Manhattans -- are strong, and taste especially good at the daily happy hour. Plus, Aventine usually hosts parties on all the festive, nothing-to-do-but-party holidays, like Cinco de Mayo, St. Paddy's, and Bastille Day.

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