Farm? Meet table.

Published On 10/30/2013 Published On 10/30/2013
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1. Local's Corner 2500 Bryant St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Now open on the corner (ha!) of 23rd and Bryant, this new 26-seater from the guys behind Local Mission Eatery sports an early 20thC shell w/ original Doug-fir floors, hand-printed wallpaper, and a hood-free kitchen where they're focusing on an oyster-rich raw bar and induction-burner-cooked Euro-style brunch, w/ eats like green garlic baked eggs, and whipped-creme-fraiche-topped Belgian waffles w/ optional chicory syrup, which you know is going to be Mrs. Butterworth adding.

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2. Rich Table 199 Gough St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Rich Table's reclaimed-wood decor belies its menu of eclectic American dishes, which range from rainbow trout and rabbit leg to hangar steak and cured hamachi. There's also an impressive wine list, a range of beers on tap and in bottles, and handcrafted cocktails.

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3. TRACE San Francisco 181 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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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4. Radius 1123 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA 94103

From a team that's logged stints at Aqua and the Ritz, Radius sources all its fish, meat, produce, beer, and vino from within a hundred miles of here, plating dishes like duck confit salad and Mediterranean fried chicken.

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5. Flour + Water 2401 Harrison St, San Francisco, CA 94110

The pizza and pasta at Thomas McNaughton's Mission gem has consistently attracted a full house since opening in 2009. The Neapolitan-style pies are nothing short of excellent, and though the flavors change daily, you can expect a classic Margherita and meatier pizzas like salumi with Mangalitsa pancetta, stracciatella, broccoli rabe & Calabrian chili. And then there's the pasta. In a perfect world, you'd try each one on the menu and luckily, Flour + Water has a pasta tasting menu.

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6. Namu Gaji 499 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA 94110

This New Korean American restaurant is a family affair, owned by three brothers who utilize ingredients harvested from their own farm. Korean-inflected spins on favorites, like a pickled daikon-topped double cheeseburger and Korean tacos (nori replaces a tortilla shell, and is filled with marinated and grilled bulgogi beef, kimchi salsa, and spicy aïoli, are well-worth your time during the week, but the real star is the KFC (Korean Fried Chicken) brunch dish.

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7. Beast And The Hare 1001 Guerrero St, San Francisco, CA 94110

From two former Hog Island-ers (one chef, one staffer) dropping some of what they're calling "beef-to-table" action into the Mission, Beast's a totally refurbished, but-somehow-still-rustic-looking tavern that'll seat 49 and sports a dimly lit cobalt-colo

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8. Bluestem Brasserie 1 Yerba Buena Ln, San Francisco, CA 94103

Downtown's Bluestem Brasserie has a sleek vibe that's reminiscent of LA, which is exactly why it's so unique in the city by the bay. Floor-to-ceiling windows, big leather chairs, private booths, and a second-floor balcony create an upscale, power meal vibe that matches the menu of solid American food. Bluestem has the best brunch in the neighborhood, probably because it serves a special brunch-only burger that's topped with hash browns, breakfast sausage, bacon, house-made American cheese, and a fried egg. Hello, heaven.

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9. Bar Tartine 561 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94110

Bar Tartine sports a 15,000lb bread oven that churns out delicacies like a goat cheese melt alongside smoked potato salad, eggplant & white bean hummus. And, of course, the bar itself offers a selection of house-made cocktails, wine, and beer.