Hillstone might be basically an upscale Applebee’s, but at least you know know what you’re getting. The spinach and artichoke dip will be heated to a precise temperature every time, the salmon is identical in San Francisco and Phoenix, and the drinks are always expensive and good. This is the Embarcadero after all.
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Blue Barn Gourmet
Blue Barn’s Steiner St. venue has lots of seats and a partially-covered back section, and serves a familiar, solid menu of salads and sandwiches.
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