If you work around Civic Center and really need a break from staring at the same email for the fourth read-over, take a half hour and go to Bi-Rite Cafe right in front of City Hall. This small outpost has a bunch of outdoor seating for when the weather is nice and a menu of things like sandwiches and salads to get you through the rest of the day. We like the barbecue chicken sandwich on a dutch crunch roll, and if it’s been an especially long day, they have soft serve that you can eat while you wait for your lunch.
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Zuni Cafe in the Civic Center is still an icon, and it sits firmly at the top of our list of favorite restaurants in this town.
Azalina's is a tiny Malaysian spot at the bottom of the Twitter building - and it's really good.
Charmaine’s is the rooftop bar at the San Francisco Proper hotel in the Civic Center.
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The plates at Al's Place in the Mission look like art, and taste pretty great too. "Best New Restaurant in the US 2015" ain't a bad calling card either.
Sir and Star at The Olema
Sir and Star is one of the best dining experiences in Northern California. Get your ass out to the hunting lodge in Olema.
Picnic on Third
There are no picnics at Picnic On Third in Soma, but there are some tasty lunch options.
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Saigon Sandwich’s Sandwiches are $4 and pack more punch than most of the city’s pricier offerings. The best cheap lunch in the game.
Lers Ros Thai
While this isn’t the closest Thai food to Union Square, it’s walkable, and it’s by far the best option.
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