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cafes, restaurants, hot spots for dinner

A16/Stellar Italian Food And Wine/Marina-Cow Hollow

Pros: Authentic Southern Italian on chic Chestnut Street
Cons: Book way in advance
Best For: The real deal

Pizzeria Delfina/Pacific Heights

Pros: Everyone leaves happy
Cons:Dinnertime wait list can be long
Best For: Perfect pizzas and...the meatballs!

Park Tavern/North Beach

Pros: Location, ambiance and solid American bistro fare
Cons: So far, lunch on Fridays only
Best For: An outdoor seat, overlooking the park

Quest For The Best: Plate of Spaghetti/Delfina/Mission District

Pros: Relaxed atmosphere and outstanding food + service
Cons: Tough reservation to get for prime time dining
Best For: Classic Tuscan dishes as good as it gets thousands of miles away from Italy

Café Claude/Union Square

Pros: Francophiles, rejoice!
Cons: So far from Paris
Best For: A great French cafe in San Francisco

Quest For The Best: Burger/Super Duper/Cow Hollow-Marina

Pros: Fast food with a slow food mentality
Cons: Only Chestnut Street location is open late on weekends
Best For: Quality and value

Off The Grid/Multiple Weekly Locations

Pros: Food truck dining, cheap and good
Cons: Brick and mortar folks are jealous
Best For: Feeling part of a community

Grub/Mission District

Pros: A cool spot on Valencia Street
Cons: Closed weekdays for lunch
Best For: Solid American bistro fare

Bar Bambino/Mission

Pros: A really good wine bar
Cons: Having to choose between 175 wines
Best For: Pairings of small plates and glasses of goodness

Katana-Ya/Union Square

Pros: Heart-warming ramen til late night
Cons: Put your name on the list and wait
Best For: High quality food and top notch staff

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