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GINTO Izakaya Japonaise
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1. Sous Beurre Kitchen 2862 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (Mission Bay)

The fact that “Sous Beurre” means “in butter” should be enough to convince you to check this place out. But in case you need more, the chef is *doing Provencal French cuisine starring seasonal local ingredients, like steak tartare, a bavette steak au poivre, and an $85 tasting menu that will change, but currently includes dishes like Mendocino uni and Bone marrow French onion soup.

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2. Al's Place 1499 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110 (The Mission)

Aaron London proves that meat doesn't have to be the main event at his vegetarian- and pescatarian-centric restaurant in the Mission. Al's Place won a Michelin star a year after opening for its menu of truly inventive dishes, like cured trout with potato and smashed turnip and the best poached egg you'll probably ever eat. That the restaurant is reasonably priced -- most dishes hover below $20 -- is all the more reason it's garnered fans from all over San Francisco.

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3. The Pub at Ghirardelli Square 851 Beach St, San Francisco, CA 94109

This American resto/bar is well known for two things: 1) Being a favorite hangout of SF chefs who need a post-shift drink and bite (it serves an extensive late night menu until 1:30am), and 2) its BBQ, all of which is smoked in-house. Take in dope views of the Bay while you dine on refined takes of American eats-- pulled pork sliders, mac 'n cheese, and brisket tacos.

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4. Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company 1735 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122 (Outer Sunset)

This microbrewery in the Outer Sunset is a great spot to enjoy handcrafted beers and tasty food… and it’s an even better spot to fill your growler. If you don’t have one, they sell one of the highest quality growlers available: it’s stainless steel, double walled, and thermal insulated. A 1L filled growler will cost you $40, and the 2L runs $60. If you have your own or want a refill, it’s $10 for the 1L and $20 for the 2L. FYI: If you want the Dry Irish Stout, you’ll have to enjoy it in-house… that one isn’t available to-go.

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5. Bacon Bacon Trailer 2828 Jones St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (Fishermans Wharf)

Bacon Bacon's permanent trailer is located in Fisherman's Wharf, by Carmel Pizza Co. and the Codmother Fish and Chips. Due to space constraints (with the bumper, the trailer is is 19.5ft), there are a few less offerings, but who cares when they’ve got all of the greatest hits, like the bacon burger, bacon grilled cheese, bacon fried chicken, breakfast sandwich, and the bacon bouquet? No one, that's who. It’s open from 8am-7pm, seven days a week.

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6. Nara Sushi 518 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

This Lower Haight location of a Polk St favorite offers up traditional Japanese fare like miso soup, ramen, and sashimi, but also has some crazier menu items, like a California roll sprinkled with Pop Rocks. There are also sake pairings involved. 40 different types are available, and if you don’t know what you want, no worries -- someone will be there to help you know just what to get with your Maguro Tar Tar roll (sesame oil-seasoned tuna with Korean pear & avocado).

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7. GINTO Izakaya Japonaise 658 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Financial District)

Tokyo-based Ramal Inc. operates more than 150 restaurants worldwide, so it almost seems crazy that the Japanese company took so long to arrive in SF. Their FiDi outpost is huge -- 200 seats occupy the dining room and there’s a large, square bar that overlooks the street. The food is classic izakaya fare, but there’s also sushi, yakitori, and importantly: two dozen beers on draft and a full liquor license (hello, Japanese whisky). It's also got three 65” TVs, so you can watch the game while you feast.

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8. Stookey's Club Moderne 895 Bush St, San Francisco, CA 94108 (Nob Hill)

At this “post-Prohibition”-inspired lounge/speakeasy tucked between Nob Hill and Union Square, enjoy cocktails crafted from vintage recipes along the immaculate, neon lit bar, which has a dozen bar stools and a couple of tables for a particularly intimate atmosphere. Drop by for happy hour between 4:30 -6 p.m. for $2 off all cocktails, like a particularly good Pisco Punch, and $1 off beer & wine.