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DINING

DIG IN

Taste of the City

The birthplace of California cuisine also has international style. Ethnic hideaways, neighborhood bistros and four-star dining rooms are peppered throughout the city. So, eat, drink and be sure to save room for dessert. CASTRO/UPPER MARKET

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CANELA BISTRO AND WINE BARCL004018 Spanish/Tapas. This elegant restaurant in the Castro neighborhood serves traditional tapas and modern Spanish dishes, sourcing ingredients from sustainable California markets, farms and fisheries. The wine list is carefully curated to pair with the extensive menu, and the dim, thoughtfully decorated dining room has a romantic feel. Brunch (Su), D (nightly), closed M. 2272 Market St., 415.552.3000. FRANCESCL006294 California. Serving modern California cuisine in a neighborhood setting, acclaimed Frances serves delights that will be sure to satisfy. D (nightly). 3870 17th St., 415.621.3870.

CHINATOWN GOLDEN STAR VIETNAMESE RESTAURANTCL004621 Vietnamese. For fabulous pho, friendly service and great Vietnamese coffee, try Golden Star. You may be rubbing shoulders with the strangers at the next table, but it’s worth it. They’re probably locals who come back weekly for the great and authentic Vietnamese flavors this restaurant serves. L, D (daily). ★ R&G LOUNGECL00361 Chinese. This bustling spot has a colorful lounge and cheerful, modest decor in the dining room downstairs. The Hong Kong-style menu includes tank-fresh seafood. Anthony Bourdain visited the restaurant on his show and raved about the salt and pepper crab. L, D (daily). 631 Kearny St., 415.982.7877.

CIVIC CENTER/HAYES VALLEY ★ ESPETUS BRAZILIAN STEAK HOUSECL0058270 Steaks. Pace yourself: This authentic Brazilian steakhouse offers all-youcan-eat skewers (“espetus” in Portuguese) of slow-roasted beef, lamb, pork, chicken and shrimp for a fixed price. The salad buffet is included. 1686 Market St., 415.552.8792. 710 S B St., San Mateo, 650.342.8700. THE MILLCL004504 Bakery. This is the latest bread sensation to hit San Francisco from the aptly named, free-spirited Josey Baker, who hand kneads roughly 240 loaves a day with flour straight from the city’s only mill. Whole grains and a homegrown sourdough starter give his loaves an addictive pillowy mid-

dle, offset by a toothsome chew. You can bank on staples like his seeded country loaf or try daily specials like apricot sage bread. Buy one for your picnic in Golden Gate Park or order one of the famous toasts: warm slabs as thick as a sandwich, slathered with gooey almond butter, honey, cinnamon sugar or housemade jam. 736 Divisadero St., 415.345.1953. MONSIEUR BENJAMIN French. Inspired by the great Parisian bistro culture and traditions of French cooking, Monsieur Benjamin is the latest restaurant by acclaimed chef Corey Lee who has become one of the Bay Area’s most respected chefs for his cooking at restaurants like the French Laundry and Benu. The menu is a modern take on traditional dishes with seasonal ingredients. 451 Gough St., 415.403.2233.

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