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    • Places to eat in the West

      East Bay: Addie’s Pizza Pie

      For those who can’t face the cultish waits and restrictions at Emilia’s a few blocks away, Addie’s Pizza Pie is a welcome newcomer to its south-of-downtown Berkeley neighborhood. They serve some salads, beer and wine, frozen custard, an espresso if you want—but, really, this is a pizza parlor. It’s a vast space, so you won’t have any trouble getting a butcher paper–covered table with a dough-spinning view.
      Pizza
      Closed Sundays
      $$$
      3290 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA; 510/547-1100
      addiespizzapie.com

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    • Ame

      SoMa: Ame

      The sharp Asia- and California-inspired cooking in this sleek restaurant in the St. Regis hotel has garnered dizzyingly swooning reviews since opening night. While dining-room entrées fetch as much as $39, the small-plates menu served at the bar in the spacious lobby lets you try Ame’s inventive flavors with sprightly dishes like fried rock shrimp, Thai-spiced pork riblets with mint and cabbage salad, and hamachi crudo, drizzled with salt, olive oil, and Meyer lemon—each about half of the price of an entrée. You can also order whatever you like off the restaurant menu.
      Asian Fusion
      Open daily
      $$$$
      689 Mission St., San Francisco, CA; 415/284-4040
      www.amerestaurant.com

    • Restaurants in the West

      Mission District: Bar Bambino

      Cross an edgy Euro-bar with the modern vibe of a Lower Manhattan cafe, and you’ve got this Mission District magnet. Urban-hip locals cram into this converted storefront to sample owner Christopher Losa and chef Elizabeth Binder’s organic, sustainable menu of Italian dishes (like the handmade Pappardelle with Slow-Braised Rabbit). The long bottle list features hand-selected, small production wines.
      Italian
      Closed Sundays
      $$
      2931 16th St, San Francisco, CA; 415/701-8466
      www.barbambino.com

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    • Blest Tea

      Chinatown: Blest Tea

      Skip the neighborhood’s touristy tea-tasting spots, and grab a stool at the long, narrow bar at Blest Tea, a teeny, clean-lined shop with about 40 blends. Try the Blue Angel oolong for energy (or a stubborn hangover), the stress-busting and toxin-fighting Orchid Green—or ask the tea experts to choose one for you. There’s even Slim, dubbed the "skinny" green tea, perfect post-meal. If you don’t have time to sit and linger, order a cup to go at the walk-up window.
      Café
      Open daily
      $
      752 Grant Ave., San Francisco, CA; 415/951-8516
      www.blesttea.com

    • Coi

      Financial District: Coi

      Daniel Patterson’s superb, cerebral cooking is shown off with an 11-course tasting menu that ranges from spiny lobster salad with fennel and chervil to quince parfait with huckleberry and thyme. The Michelin guide has handed the place two coveted stars. Why the bar is even better: A table in the tiny dining room requires a hard-to-land reservation, not to mention several hours of your evening. Less commitment is required in the adjacent lounge, which has its own menu of easygoing dishes like roast chicken, duck rillette, and udon noodles in mushroom dashi broth. The setting is relaxed, with plush throw pillows and cushy banquettes, but the service is impressively attentive.
      American
      Closed Sundays and Mondays; reservations recommended even at bar
      $$$$
      373 Broadway, San Francisco, CA; 415/393-9000
      www.coirestaurant.com

    • Emilia's Pizzeria

      East Bay: Emilia’s Pizzeria

      Chef-owner Keith Freilich has tossed dough at some of the best places, including New Jersey’s beloved Grimaldi’s. His storefront-of-a-parlor has folks clamoring for his thin, stretchy crust. Pie to try: There’s only one—the oversize Margherita with mozzarella, basil, and fresh tomato sauce—followed by a shower of parmesan when it comes out of the gas oven. If you must gild the lily, choose from the brief list of toppings. Insider tip: You have to be fast; whenever the dough runs out, Freilich closes. Check Twitter for updates.
      Pizza
      Closed Sundays and Mondays
      $; cash only
      2995 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA; 510/704-1794
      www.emiliaspizzeria.com

    • Epic Roasthouse

      Embarcadero: Epic Roasthouse

      A splashy split-level downtown steakhouse on the edge of the bay, Epic does everything big, with a 14 oz prime rib for $39 and a 1/2-pound burger for $20. The indulgent dinner menu is available no matter where you sit. In the upstairs Quiver Bar, a clubby space with up-close views of the Bay Bridge, you can also pick more human-size options like barbeque pork sliders ($5) or grilled steak and mushroom skewers with sauce Bordelaise ($5).
      Steakhouse
      Open daily
      $$$-$$$$
      369 The Embarcadero S., San Francisco, CA; 415/369-9955
      www.epicroasthousesf.com

    • The Franciscan Crab Restaurant

      Fisherman’s Wharf: The Franciscan Crab Restaurant

      For half a century, the Franciscan has been serving famous and not-so-famous patrons the old standards, including the renowned whole Dungeness crab, along with a few surprises like housemade burrata cheese and cured meats. The glamorous luxury-liner decor and the views of the bay and city skyline are unparalleled.
      Seafood
      $$$
      Pier 43 1/2, San Francisco, CA; 415/362-7733
      www.franciscanrestaurant.com

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    • Restaurants in the West

      Peninsula: A Grape In The Fog

      Pacifica has welcomed its first wine bar, a quick turn of the steering wheel off State 1 and a couple of blocks from Rockaway Beach. And can we just say—finally! True to its name, A Grape in the Fog has a list that spotlights Pinot Noir, the "foggy grape." Pair a glass or a flight with a cheese or charcuterie plate. The bar also hosts a "Wine and Dine" event every Wednesday night ($).
      Wine bar
      Open daily
      $
      400 Old County Rd., Pacifica, CA; 650/735-5854
      www.agitf.com

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    • Restaurants in the West

      Marin County: Horizons

      On the main waterfront, Horizons (built in 1898) sports a renovated 84-foot dock for boaters, who can shelter here from big winds. If you have a few too many, Horizons will let you dock overnight, provided you come back for brunch in the morning.
      Seafood
      Open daily
      558 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA 94965; 415/331-3232
      www.horizonssausalito.com

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    • Java Beach Café

      Sunset: Java Beach Café

      When the wetsuits come off, surfers head to Java Beach Café, which feels like a neighborhood community center. Pints of Guinness are popular, as is the live music on weekends. And on a warm day, you can carry your sandwich across the street to tiny La Playa Park, soon to include a bocce ball court.
      Café / Sandwiches
      Open daily
      $
      1396 La Playa St., San Francisco, CA; 415/665-5282
      www.javabeachcafe.com

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    • La Costanera

      Peninsula: La Costanera

      If you need an excuse for a head-clearing drive to the coast, aim just north of Half Moon Bay for dinner at La Costanera. Get to the beach by late afternoon to see the sun dip into the Pacific, then go inside and watch the glow fade through the dining room’s floor-to-ceiling windows. Despite the view, the food is no afterthought. We love the Peruvian ceviches, ultrafresh fish marinated in lime juice, and small plates like yucca balls in a spicy mustard sauce (picture elegant hush puppies) or quinoa-encrusted shrimp. The classic pisco sours will blow your hair back, so if you’re the driver, order a chicha—a tart refresher made from purple corn and sugar.
      Latin
      Closed Mondays
      $$$
      8150 Cabrillo Hwy., Montara Beach, CA; 650/728-1600
      www.lacostanerarestaurant.com

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    • Outerlands

      Sunset: Outerlands

      Beachcombers have always had a reason to venture west. Now food lovers are making the pilgrimage too, to try the fish stew, braised pork shoulder, garlic soup, and other comforts at Outerlands. Add to that beer served in mason jars and an always-changing lineup of desserts, such as flourless chocolate cake and seasonal fruit tarts, and this eight-table restaurant paneled with driftwood is excuse enough to make the trek.
      American
      Closed Sunday nights
      $
      > 4001 Judah St., San Francisco, CA; 415/661-6140
      www.outerlandssf.com

    • Out the Door

      Pacific Heights: Out the Door

      Snag a seat at the communal table or long, marble bar to enjoy a Vietnamese-style breakfast. Choose from sweet, soft rolls filled with housemade coconut paste, a fragrant bowl of pho, or—most warming and comforting of all—chicken porridge, an intensely savory, thick rice soup garnished with fried shallots and cilantro. Wash it down with a bracing Vietnamese coffee, strong espresso stirred with sweetened condensed milk. You can get scrambled eggs if you like, but something tells us that’ll suddenly seem ho-hum. For lunch and dinner, enjoy noodles, soups, Vietnamese pork meatballs, and more savory specialties.
      Vietnamese
      Open daily
      $$
      2232 Bush St., San Francisco; 415/923-9575
      www.outthedoors.com

    • Pizzaiolo

      East Bay: Pizzaiolo

      Pizzaiolo has been an Oakland classic since Charlie Hallowell quit the Chez Panisse kitchen to create this airy, exposed-brick restaurant. People pile in for the housemade pastas, famous meatballs— and pizzas pulled from the wood-fired oven. Pie to try: The smoky Monterey Bay squid, with slightly charred cherry tomatoes and garlicky aioli. Insider tip: Doors open at 8 a.m. for doughnuts (cross your fingers for custard-filled with chocolate icing) and Blue Bottle Coffee.
      Pizza
      Closed Sundays
      $$
      5008 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, CA; 510/652-4888
      www.pizzaiolooakland.com

    • The Pizza Place

      Sunset: The Pizza Place

      This spot on Noriega became an institution the moment it opened in 2007, and it’s already been expanded twice. The counter is often lined with dudes in hoodies digging into hand-tossed brick-oven pies like the "Dimitri" (named after the local produce guy).
      Pizza
      Open daily
      $
      3901 Noriega St., San Francisco, CA; 415/759-5752
      www.pizzaplacesf.com

    • Pizzeria Delfina

      The Mission / Pacific Heights: Pizzeria Delfina

      Craig Stoll elevated the pizza scene in San Francisco when he opened his first to-die-for pizzeria in 2005. Lines formed out the door for his thin-crust pies baked at 770° in a gas-fired brick oven. He opened a second location in 2008, with a third on its way in Hayes Valley. Pie to try: The broccoli rabe—a thing of blistered beauty topped with the leafy green from Star Route Farms, plus black olives, fresh mozz, caciocavallo cheese straight from Campania, and just enough red chile flakes. Insider tip: If the wait is unbearable, grab a ball of dough for $3.50 and re-create the magic at home.
      Pizza
      Open daily
      $$
      Two San Francisco locations: 3611 18th St. (415/437-6800) and 2406 California St. (415/440-1189)
      www.pizzeriadelfina.com

    • Pizzetta 211

      Richmond: Pizzetta 211

      This is the sweetest little restaurant in all of San Francisco, with just four wooden tables inside, a scattering of sidewalk seats, and blankets for bundling up in the fog while you wait beneath a tree strung with white lights. Pizzetta 211 has left people swooning since 1999—long before artisanal pizza was the trend that it is today. Pie to try: The Margherita—tomato, mozzarella, and basil; adding pepperoni might bring you to tears. Insider tip: Go for lunch. It’s less busy.
      Pizza
      Open daily
      $$; cash only
      211 23rd Ave., San Francisco, CA; 415/379-9880
      www.pizzetta211.com

    • Q

      Richmond: Q

      Stop in for mac ’n’ cheese and meat loaf, served in sparkly booths.
      American
      Open daily
      $$
      225 Clement St., San Francisco, CA; 415/752-2298
      www.qrestaurant.com

    • Range

      The Mission: Range

      Husband-wife team Phil and Cameron West adapt the menu daily to reflect what’s in season in California. On a typical day: Slow-cooked leeks meet a poached egg in a gorgeous dish studded with grainy mustard and cheddar shavings; pear harmonizes in a salad with celery root, fromage blanc, watercress, and rosemary vinaigrette; and three kinds of pork—housemade sausage, a single rib, and braised pork belly—form a trifecta of lusciousness.
      American
      Open daily
      $$$
      842 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA; 415/282-8283
      www.rangesf.com

    • Revival Bar + Kitchen

      East Bay: Revival Bar + Kitchen

      Tell ‘em you have tickets, and the team at Revival will get you to your seats on time. Choose from treats like asparagus and marrow flatbread, chard and fava salad, or roasted rainbow trout—all sourced within 100 miles. They’re open till 11:30, so swing by after a show and nurse a cocktail.
      American
      Closed Mondays
      $$$
      2102 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA; 510/549-9950
      www.revivalbarandkitchen.com

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    • Sam’s Chowder House

      Peninsula: Sam’s Chowder House

      Blue and white Adirondacks on a terraced patio look out toward the sailboats and fishing boats moored at Pillar Point in Half Moon Bay. Weekenders heading along the coast mob the joint for the famous lobster roll—then decide to stay for the music (5-8 p.m. Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays) and ocean breeze. Be sure to order the Timo’s Bloody Mary.
      Seafood
      Open daily
      $$$
      4210 Cabrillo Hwy. N., Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/712-0245
      www.samschowderhouse.com

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    • The San Benito Deli

      Peninsula: The San Benito Deli

      Know this: If you stop by The San Benito Deli around noon, you will wait in line. The sandwiches are that good. Why? It’s all about the homemade bread. Get a sammy (turkey, roast beef, it doesn’t matter) on thick-sliced olive-walnut bread, take it to the leafy courtyard out back, and eavesdrop on the locals.
      Sandwiches / Deli
      $
      356 Main St., Half Moon Bay, CA; 650/726-3425
      www.sanbenitohouse.com

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    • SliderBar Cafe

      Peninsula: SliderBar Cafe

      A burger bar with a thing for—get this—healthy food has elbowed its way into Palo Alto’s restaurant row. In the sleek, narrow space, mix-and-match platters of fist-size sliders come out fast and furious to the beat of the thumping music. What’s the beef? Organic and hormone-free, of course. It’s Niman Ranch in the Classic, Masami Ranch in the Kobe Beef slider. We like ’em both. Not really the beef type? Pick a veggie, chicken, or lamb slider instead. Sip or swill: With 18 wines on tap, you can pair a half-glass with each slider in your trio if you feel like it.
      Burgers
      Open daily
      $
      324 University Ave., Palo Alto, CA; 650/322-7300
      www.sliderbarcafe.com

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    • Restaurants in the West

      East Bay: Summer Kitchen + Bake Shop

      Skip cooking for tonight and pick up a beautifully prepared meal at Berkeley’s new take-out Summer Kitchen + Bake Shop instead.
      American / Italian
      Open daily
      $$
      2944 College Avenue, Berkeley, CA; 510/981-0538
      www.summerkitchenbakeshop.com

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    • Super Duper Burger

      The Castro: Super Duper Burger

      This cute reinvention of an old-fashioned diner may look like it’s all about the style, but Adriano Paganini, who also runs Starbelly and Beretta in San Francisco, is serious about his burgers. What’s the beef? Thin patties of Niman Ranch beef. Order a double if that’s too thin for you. On the side: Grab a sharp, house-cured pickle spear at the condiment stand. Sweet finish: Straus soft-serve ice cream topped with housemade chocolate chip cookies and bacon.
      Burgers
      Open daily
      $
      2304 Market St., San Francisco; 415/558-8123
      www.superdupersf.com

    • Restaurants in the West

      Pacific Heights: Swank Cocktail & Coffee Club at The Laurel Inn

      If Don Draper needed a drink, he’d loosen his skinny tie and head to this tucked-away spot on the edge of the city’s most upper crust of neighborhoods. Black leather bar chairs, mid-century modern sofas, and starburst chandeliers complete the retro ‘60s look. Pull on your Pucci print and sip a Manhattan in style.
      Bar / Small plates
      $ for appetizer plates
      488 Presidio Ave., San Francisco, CA; 415/346-7431
      www.jdvhotels.com/dining/swank

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    • Restaurants in the West

      East Bay: Swirl on the Square

      For the perfect post-hike refuel, enjoy the bean stew with a flight of wines at Swirl on the Square.
      Wine bar / Eclectic
      Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays
      $$
      21 S. Livermore Ave., Livermore, CA; 925/447-1400
      www.swirlonthesq.com

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    • Places to eat in the West

      Peninsula: Takahashi Market

      Explore the Japanese roots of this Peninsula town. For the best Pan-Pacific bite, fuel up on a Hawaiian-style plate lunch at Takahashi Market, established by a Japanese immigrant in 1906.
      Asian / Hawaiian
      $
      221 S. Claremont St., San Mateo, CA; 650/343-0394
      www.takahashimarket.com

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    • Trouble Coffee Company

      Sunset: Trouble Coffee Company

      This café takes its java seriously. The tiny space is outfitted with a driftwood bar and decorated like a curio shop, but it serves fresh squeezed grapefruit juice (ask for the Yoko), tea, and a few pastries. No decaf, so don’t ask. Try the "Build Your Own Damn House"—a whole young coconut, a cup of the house blend, and a thick slab of cinnamon toast.
      Café
      Open daily
      $
      4033 Judah St., San Francisco, CA; 415/682-4732
      www.troublecoffee.com

    • Weezy’s Grass Fed Shed

      Marin County: Weezy’s Grass Fed Shed

      "Slow food faster" is the motto at this charming San Rafael roadside shack. What’s the beef? 1/8-pound Shed Burgers made with Prather Ranch beef. Have it your way: If your taste in burgers goes beyond the basics, pick a variation—the Contiki, say, with pine-apple and teriyaki sauce, or the White Trash, with American cheese, Thousand Island dressing, and iceberg lettuce. On the side: In addition to standard fries, Weezy’s serves a sweet potato version. Want both? Order a mixed fry combo. Sweet finish: Straus organic soft-serve ice cream.
      Burgers
      Open daily
      $
      621 Del Ganado Rd., San Rafael, CA; 415/479-7433
      www.weezys-shed.com



    • Updated December 2011. Please be sure to confirm all details before visiting these locations.

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