Food & Drink

SF's Best Lunch + Booze Specials

Published On 02/10/2014 Published On 02/10/2014
Mars Boozy Lunch
Lou Bustamante
Lou Bustamante
Lou Bustamante
Lou Bustamante
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1. Mars Bar & Restaurant 798 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Mission Bay)

SoMa's Mars Bar has it all. The 20-plus-year-old institution is both a bar and a restaurant, complete with a heated outdoor patio, a pool table, and live DJs during happy hour. It's got quintessential sports bar-type happy hours, with half-price wings and $3 bottled beer on Mondays and $5 pizza on Wednesdays. It's the kind of place you can go to watch football one night, and dance to vinyl records another. There's a new crowd every day, so it never gets old.

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2. TRACE San Francisco 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103 (Soma)

Located inside the W San Francisco, Trace serves an upscale menu of Bay Area food that's perfect for a power lunch. Expect plenty of vegetables and fish, plus reliable roasted meat dishes. The space is W-sleek with leather booths and modern furniture.

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3. Lark Creek Steak 845 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 (San Francisco)

Lark Creek Steak, located in the Westfield San Francisco Centre, offers a view of the Emporium Dome, as well as top-notch steak and desserts.

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4. Tacolicious 2250 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA (The Marina)

Two blocks down from the original (and now-closed) Chestnut St location, this outpost of Tacolicious is bigger and brighter than its predecessor. The gourmet taco shop's menu features the original tortilla-wrapped goods you know and love, all of which are made with locally-sourced ingredients. Expect near-authentic tacos filled with house-made chorizo and potatoes, Baja-style Pacific cod, and Guajillo chili-braised brisket. There's also a solid selection of tequila-heavy cocktails and beers from Mexico and California.

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5. Comstock Saloon 155 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

From the folks behind Absinthe, Comstock is a classic San Francisco bar in North Beach. The throwback interior is outfitted with antique fans, a 150-year-old absinthe fountain, and the spot's original mahogany bar from 1907. The cocktails are just as classic as the bar, and the tie-and-vest wearing bartenders know how to mix pisco, lemon juice, and pineapple gomme into a standout punch.

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6. Fast Food Francais 39 Caledonia St, Sausalito, CA 94965 (Marin)

Fast Food Francais, or F3 if you're not a nerd, serves up American-style fast with French accents, like their cheddar melt made with Cabot fondue.