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Hot Spud
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Greens Restaurant
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Millers East Coast Deli
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Grindz
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New Delhi Restaurant
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Mozzarella Di Bufala
Brenda's Meat & Three
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1. CDXX 5800 3rd Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

Looking fora place to eat on your lunch hour? CDXX has a burger and a croughnut waiting for you.

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2. Avedano's Holly Park Market 235 Cortland Ave, San Francisco, CA 94110 (Bernal Heights)

Trying to decide what to pick up for your barbecue this weekend? Look no farther than "The Griller" at Avedano's: a 20lb assortment of dry-aged, bone-in steak, tri tip, flat iron steak, pork ribs, sausage, half-chickens, and ground beef. While you wait for them to gather your supplies, try one of their sandwiches to whet your appetite.

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3. Mama Ji's 4416 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94114 (The Castro)

A dim sum palace with all of the classics, including a porcupine-like deep-fried shrimp ball and a steamed egg custard bun that is DIVINE.

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4. The Market on Market 1355 Market Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

Who knew Americanized sushi rolls could taste this delicious?

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5. The Ice Cream Bar 815 Cole Street @ Carl, San Francisco, CA 94117

A convivial meeting spot for Cole Valley patrons and nostalgic patrons alike, this 1930s style soda fountain serves up ice cream made on site, as well as outrageously addictive black bean burgers. The retro space -- decked out with diner counters and accessorized with old-school forks and clinky metal dishware -- completes its funky, vintage look with an authentic, old-fashioned soda fountain.

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6. Long Bridge Pizza Co. 2347 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

Pizza's nothing without a really good crust and an excellent sauce. Long Bridge Pizza Company has both of those-- maybe because ALL they do is pizza. Seriously. No wings, no sandwiches, not even a salad. Just good pizza. Oh, and no slices, but whatever. You wanted to eat an entire pie anyway.

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7. Schroeder's 240 Front St, San Francisco, CA 94111 (Financial District)

This Financial District beer joint is one of the oldest in SF, but after a refurbishing, it's been able to keep all of its classic qualities (22-draft beer program, beer boots, old murals, impressive taxidermy) while adding pleasing aspects like a drop-down projector screen, an improved food menu, and rentable stein lockers.

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8. Hot Spud 2640 Mason Street, San Francisco, CA 94133

Because who doesn't love getting creative with baked potatoes?

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9. Souvla 517 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Head over to Soulva for the perfect light lunch of a veggie pita and some frozen greek yogurt.

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10. Champa Garden 613 Faxon Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112

The Champa Sampler is everything that you could possibly want on one plate, featuring Lao sausages, fried veggie spring rolls, and more.

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11. Hong Kong Lounge II 3300 Geary Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94118

This small, Inner Richmond dim sum spot is comfy and well designed, and it serves up the usual suspects, as well as some under-the-radar options like the clay pot dishes (steamed pork ribs, salty fish, etc.).

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12. Lavash 511 Irving Street, San Francisco, CA 94122

We think that Lavash is the reason that there are not a lot of Persian restaurants in SF. No one wants to compete with their delicious menu.

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13. Memphis Minnie's BBQ 576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

Memphis Minnie's is a 1950s' styled BBQ joint that slings eats slow-cooked meats, Southern-style. Minnie's meats pass the taste test by using white oak logs (no gas, no electricity!). This spot has everything from ribs to pulled pork to some killer wings. Meats here can come slathered in savory sauces, so you might need a bib-- we won't judge!

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14. Greens Restaurant 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

An OG on the vegetarian front since 1979, Greens is the real deal: A legit, upscale restaurant in a beautiful space within Fort Mason that basically showed America that you can still eat really, really well without all the meat and cream and all the other things associated with fine dining back during the fall of disco. Though founding chef Deborah Madison has passed the reigns onto Annie Somerville, the food continues to pull in people from all across the world. You’re not to mess around here: get the price fixe, sit back, and be blown away when you realize all the next-level things she can do without the magic of bacon.

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15. Pal's Takeaway 2751 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

A couple of caterers/restaurateurs have co-opted the deli inside Tony's market to sling ultra-fresh, constantly changing gourmet sandos and cheap salads.

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16. Miller's East Coast Deli 1725 Polk Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

Wait until you see the size of their brisket reuben.

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17. Tony's Coal-Fired Pizza & Slice House 1556 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (North Beach)

Slice House is the by-the-slice outpost next door to Tony's Pizza in North Beach. It's a reliable spot for a quick slice, and if you've got a few minutes to wait, the meatball sandwich is a must. It makes a good split with a friend, in which case you might still opt to get a slice to go with it anyway.

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18. Grindz Restaurant 832 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118 (The Richmond)

For the best Tiki-free Hawaiian food in San Francisco, go to Grindz in Inner Richmond. The spot serves lunch and dinner during the week and brunch on the weekends. Everything on the sweet-and-savoury menu is addictive. There will be SPAM, and it will taste amazing, especially when fried in cornmeal batter or shredded atop buttermilk waffles. The portions are pretty generous, and even if you've cleaned your plate off, you'll still want to order the Hawaiian bread pudding for dessert.

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19. Papalote Mexican Grill 3409 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Nicer than the average hole-in-the-wall Mission taqueria but still super casual, Papalote serves up traditional tacos, quesadillas, and burritos in a sit-down counter-order space. Packed tight with rice, beans, pico de gallo and your choice of meat, the ginormous burritos are the definition of bang-for-your-buck and can easily be split between two people. Make sure you complement your order with plenty of chips served with the restaurant's signature roasted tomato salsa, which counts Bobby Flay as one of its many fans.

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20. Dim Sum Club 2550 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco, CA 94109

We'll give you one guess as to what you should order from this place...

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21. Merigan's 636 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Offering New York style sandwiches, traditional East Coast Italian flavors meet the Bay in the form of spring vegetable Parmesan heroes, polenta and arancini sides, and hot breakfast sandwiches. Born out of chef/owner Liza Shaw's quest for "the perfect sub," the result is simple food done well that makes a solid lunch choice in SoMa.

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22. New Delhi Indian Restaurant 160 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

Their plates are colorful and flavorful without being too heavy, making it the perfect lunch spot.

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23. Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery 1398 Haight St, San Francisco, 94117 (Upper Haight)

Before breweries were opening on every block, San Franciscans were getting their craft beer fix at Magnolia. This OG brewery is located in Dogpatch, but you can sip its suds and chow down on bar fare at the Haight St. restaurant as well. Magnolia offers outdoor tables for those rare sunny days, plus booths and communal seating inside. You’ll also find 12 rotating Magnolia brews on tap every day, a guest pour, and a few cask choices as well.

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24. Mozzarella Di Bufala 69 West Portal Ave, San Francisco, CA 94127

This is an eatery for people of all culinary levels. For those who don't feel like exploring, order a slice of pizza. Anyone who really wants to go on an adventure should check out their Feijoada, a bean based stre with smoked meats.

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25. Brenda's Meat & Three 919 Divisadero St, San Francisco, CA 94115 (Western Addition)

This Western Addition diner is Brenda Buenviaje's follow-up to her Tenderloin gem, Brenda's French Soul Food. The spot is more casual and more Southern than the original, but equally crowded for weekend brunch and dinner. The hallmark of the menu is the namesake meat & three, where you choose one meat (fried chicken, meatloaf, BBQ beef brisket, to name a few) and three down-home sides (potato bacon hash, collard greens, glazed yams). The spicy, peppery, and crispy fried chicken is near addictive, as is the veggie po' boy.