One of the few places in the city that does weekday brunch, Universal Cafe is a gem. The dinner is upscale American - from steak to pasta to a fish that changes regularly - but daytime is when Universal is at its best. The outdoor tables on a sunny weekend are ideal, partly because you can gloat at all the suckers still waiting in line while you get a tan.
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Foreign Cinema in the Mission is a San Francisco classic for brunch, and dinner is solid too.
Prairie is a contemporary Italian place in the Mission that feels like you’re eating in someone’s sci-fi fantasy.
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The Mission mainstay has changed things around, serving up small plates, but it can't shake it's pricey and fancy training.
Liholiho Yacht Club
A Hawaiian-ish yacht club-themed restaurant in the Tenderloin? Yes, Liholiho Yacht Club exists. And it’s excellent.
Son’s Addition is a neighborhood spot in the Mission that serves everything from charred octopus to a solid cheeseburger.
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