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Spire

Just steps away from AT&T Park, Spire's inspired menu rises above standard sports bar fare

Izakaya Sozei

A Japanese (and more) hotspot that brings a burst of youthful energy and adventurous culinary experiments to Irving Street

Curry Boyzz

Castro with two zz's: Curry Boyzz may not up the gayborhood's culinary profile, but its "Indian-Pak" offerings at least lend some much-needed flavor

Prospect

The highly polished restaurant's sleek location calls to mind the (retro) future, but its exquisite dishes are firmly rooted in present trends

Hunan Chef

Don't let the cold exterior scare you off: Hunan Chef's inviting dishes will warm you up inside

Brisas de Acapulco

A Mission spot that rocks, summoning kitchen folk wisdom in hefty dishes

Cigar Bar and Grill

Smoke 'em if you got 'em? Cigar Bar provides surprisingly tasty classics and a patio for lighting up

Pera

A "Mediterranean affair" that leans toward Turkey and incorporates some exotic ingredients

Osteria Stellina

Consider the oyster pizza: This Point Reyes Station spot entices with intriguing combinations in a nautical atmosphere

La Briciola

Reinvigorating Italian tradition in SoMa (by way of Tuscany and Piemonte) with dishes old and new

Heirloom Cafe

A Mission addition whose cooking is as elegant and understated as its interior design

Ironside

Score! Ironside hits a homerun near AT&T park, with a handsome interior and American dishes

Ruchi

Serving delectably pungent south Indian dishes -- Nellore fish curry, mutter paneer, chicken biryani -- in a former industrial neighborhood

Golden Era

The Buddha smiles: miracle flavorings lead to vegan wonders at this classic SF spot

Chile Lindo

Drop that Hot Pocket: this little empanada emporium will satisfy your sweet-savory needs

Garcon!

Bienvenu, valenciennes! Hearty specialities of the French countryside served in a choice location

Southend Grill ‘N’ Bar

Putting hearty treats like Asian hangar steak and chicken milanese on the front burner

Little Chihuahua

No quiero Taco Bell! This Divisadero hot spot offers a breezy vibe with truly tasty takes on Mexican staples

Oyaji

A sleek sushi joint boasting striking combinations and an early adopter fanbase

La Trappe

Anything but monkish, the North Beach hotspot bulges with Belgian food and beers — and young fans in the basement

RN74

Rev up that Renault, gourmands: Michael Mina's new venture takes a highly accessible road through French-influenced cuisine

Heart

Wine bar meets beer hall, with vivid small plates and intriguing meats (hearts not included).

Art/S Global Tapas

An array of intriguing small plates from around the world -- but the riff is match, not mix

Nihon Whisky Lounge

From tasty to tastebud-searing, playful izakaya-style small plates complement an extensive whisky selection