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Frances

Melissa Perello's restaurant revels in smoky, earthy effects while raising simplicity to high art

Limon

This Peruvian hot spot has gone through several changes -- but its dishes remain brightly seasoned and eminently shareable

Absinthe

The 13-year-old Hayes Valley brasserie rides high on classic touches and contemporary quality, without the usual coldness

Shangri-La

This atmospheric Sunset spot's warm dining room hosts a meat-free menu that free-ranges from mu shu to "goose."

Grub

Valencia Street may be jumping the restaurant shark, but this upscale greasy spoon rides the wave deliciously

Pizza Nostra

Stoked a la Cote: this Potrero spot plays Nice (as in France) with flavorful pies and loads of focaccia

Viva Goa

A plethora of vindaloos distinguishes this intriguing Indian spot on Lombard

Mission Chinese Food at Lung Shan

The pop-up restaurant serves up tongue-numbing dishes in a kitsch-infused atmosphere

Beast and the Hare

Striking a balance between flair and rusticity with a striking interior and comforting dishes

Michael Mina

Restaurant review: The chef's new downtown digs have breathed new life into his formerly fussy dishes

Parada 22

Bringing some Puerto Rican sunshine to a bleak stretch in Upper Haight

Campannina

Restaurant review: This Italian delight balances tony with taste in the Marina

Passion Cafe

High above Sixth Street, diving into French-inflected dishes

Miss SaiGon

A tiara-worthy wealth of Vietnamese dishes enlivens this Sixth Street spot

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen

Corn is king at this Mission spot, serving Venezuelan-style dishes in a very casual atmosphere

Ragazza

Herbal perfumes and chili heat grab attention at this Divisadero spot beneath the Metro Hotel, complementing delectable pizzas

Skool

A pizza oven in a seafood house? Skool gives a lesson in intriguing, if sometimes overwhelming, synergy

Paradise Pizza & Pasta

Amid a blizzard of trendy pizzerias, this longtime family favorite in West Portal holds its own

Another Monkey

Bringing an intensity and flair to traditional Thai dishes as well as to innovative ones

Citizen’s Band

Where the roadside diner gets the Left Coast-Gay Bay treatment

Uptown Joe’s

Where you can converse and hear at the same time amidst old world graciousness and hearty comfort foods

Bar Agricole

Named for a beloved rum and matching melodious cooking with delectable cocktails

Capp’s Corner

Tip your fedora to this North Beach mainstay, whose family-style options include classic Italian dishes done right

Papito

Despite its European pedigree, this Potrero Hill newbie scores with excellent Mexican fare