Eater's Essential Restaurants: San Francisco

Eater's Essential Restaurants: San Francisco

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    From the addictive totopos con chile to the comforting tortilla soup to the killer carnitas, there's something for everyone here (plus damn good margaritas).
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    A tasting menu is $175, but for a special occasion, passionate food-lovers will be in for a treat.
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    For group dining that's a notch above hole-in-the-wall, R&G is one of the few Chinatown spots that delivers. Try its famed salt-and-pepper crab, Peking duck, and walnut prawns.
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    Open only for lunch, Polk Street’s old school joint still churns out the best crab, oysters and sourdough in town. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    They had us at housemade ricotta. Then the warmth of the flickering hearth in the kitchen, great service, an innovative $40 fixed price wine program. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    The Secret Breakfast (bourbon and caramelized cornflakes) is always on the menu and a must-order for first-timers. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    It's expensive for dim sum, but the flavors are cleaner than you'll find anywhere else, and the xiao long bao and custard tarts are exemplary. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    Whether it's savory pancakes stacked with local cheese, eggplant "fries," or a new take on tofu skin, the flavor profiles are always eye-opening. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    Izakaya Sozai continues to deliver one of San Francisco's most superb ramen, uni, (seasonal) shirako, and friendly service with fair prices. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    Besides "the" chicken, Zuni's burger, Caesar salad and bloody Mary have all been called the best in the city. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    The bread is worth the trip alone, but don't overlook the phenomenal soups or his inspired use of farm fresh produce in almost every entree on the menu. goo.gl/pmzge1
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    When a "hole-in-the-wall" turns out to be a bright family-run stop with outrageously good tortas and super authentic Puebla eats, that's 38 material.goo.gl/pmzge1
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