The menu at Izakaya Sozai is deceptively small, but before you know it, your table will be covered with skewers, raw dishes, and more fried things than you’ll know what to do with. Our favorites are the Nasu Dengaku eggplant with sweet miso, hamachi carpaccio with mustard miso vinaigrette and jalapeno, and the pork jowl skewers that are somehow meatier than a full pork chop. If you’re still hungry though, definitely get the chashu pork belly ramen.
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There’s always a line at Arizmendi Bakery in the Sunset, and their baked goods and breads are completely worth it.
The Game Parlour
The Game Parlour in the Inner Sunset has more board games than we've ever seen in one place, and great waffles to eat while you play them.
Kevin & Chris’s Noodle House
Kevin & Chris’s Noodle House is a good, cheap spot for Vietnamese food in the Inner Sunset.
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Head to Robin in Hayes Valley for excellent omakase that doesn’t involve burning all your money.
Elephant Sushi in Russian Hill usually has a bit of a wait, so try to head there on the early side (they open at 6).
A safe house from spicy sauce in the Castro, Eiji is one of the best low-key sushi spots around.
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San Tung is a Chinese restaurant in the Sunset with great chicken wings, but the entire menu is worth trying out.
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