If paying $25 for a hamburger upsets you but you can’t get with diner burgers for $3 either, you’re in luck. Popson’s is an order-at-the-counter spot that feels relaxed and neighborhoody, and makes seriously good burgers that are just the right mix between fast-food and fancy. For sides, the seasoned fries are the move. Make no attempts at being healthy when you’re anywhere within 500 feet of this place.
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Zuni Cafe in the Civic Center is still an icon, and it sits firmly at the top of our list of favorite restaurants in this town.
August 1 Five
August 1 Five on Van Ness brings a very good restaurant option to a part of town that needs more of them.
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Red’s Java House
Red’s Java House is a classic SF stop off for a burger and a cold beer in the Embarcadero.
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