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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Los Guisados Del Patrón
Los Guisados Del Patrón in the Mission specializes in juicy, stewed guisados, and are from the same people behind Tacos El Patron.
Nights can start pretty quietly at the Make-Out Room in the Mission, but things at this bar and dance club can escalate fast.
A good Mission spot for rotisserie chicken and authentic Peruvian sides like yucca fries.
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Berkeley’s Top Dog is an institution: an anarchist hole-in-the-wall that serves incredible hot dogs late into the night.
Bi-Rite Cafe has sandwiches and soft serve for lunch and a nice patio to sit on if you work around Civic Center.
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