While much of the food at The Grove is bland and safe enough to keep your grandmother happy, it’s still a good place to keep in your back pocket for a casual dinner, lunch, or breakfast. The menu is huge and healthy and has something for everyone (although most things here you could probably just make at home).
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A Mano is a popular Italian place in Hayes Valley serving handmade pasta that isn’t as good as you want it to be.
RT Rotisserie, with a short menu starring roast chicken and cauliflower, is our new favorite spot for a casual dinner in Hayes Valley.
Barcino, a Spanish spot in Hayes Valley, serves tasty but expensive tapas. Come for drinks and a snack, but probably not dinner.
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Nook is a solidly on-price, reliable neighborhood hang in Russian Hill. Even if they do weird things with granola.
On average, the best bread bakery in the country can be found at Tartine Bakery in the Mission.
Acme Bread Company
Head to Acme Bread Company in the Ferry Building for some of the best bread in the city.
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When you need a break from your cubicle in the Financial District, take solace in avocado toast or a salad from Mazarine.
Verve Coffee Roasters
Verve has a very nice space in the Castro and solid coffee and sandwiches too.
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