Bender's is a Mission District legend. Firebombed into oblivion in 2006, its valiant founders rallied the troops, and with a cavalcade of community support, reopened just a year and half later, bigger and better than ever. Some choice burnt-to-a-crisp fire wreckage are kept around as "trophies" of the place's victory over tragedy, you will love watching it. Comfy booths surround the pool table and the grill, which is operated by the folks at Weird Fish.
It's Haight-Ashbury, so what better music to be wafting in the air as you sip the house-made brews than the Grateful Dead? Remodeling has made the setting less psychedelic, and though there is an ebullient mural on the wall, the sound system will always take you back to the Summer of Love. That sets a mellow mood for the huge sandwiches, plates of sausages, bowls of hearty soup, and tempting finger foods such as french fries and onion rings. The service from the wait staff is friendly and the atmosphere is always 1967.
Caña is a restaurant, cafe and lounge located right next to scenic Lake Merritt. The cafe serves coffee drinks and a small selection of Cubano sandwiches, salads and soups. Next door, the restaurant and lounge serves Cuban specialties like Ropa Vieja and Arroz con Pollo. On weekends, they host a brunch of Cuban as well as American favorites along with bottomless mimosas and live music in the afternoons. Sundays Caña calls "Sunday Funday" and has live salsa parties in the afternoon and evenings.
Luka's Taproom & Lounge is an Uptown Oakland favorite. From a casual and delicious weekday lunch to a rowdy weekend night out, Luka's can accommodate just about anyone's idea of a good time. Luka's always has a definitively Oakland mixture of people inside, so its always a great option for a good time. Food is contemporary American, and make sure to sample their famous french fries with dipping sauces.
Comal attracts young and stylish patrons who come to enjoy the tangy Mexican food, cocktails and vibrant atmosphere. The restaurant interiors are stylish with a wood-decked ceiling, walls and flooring. It also boasts a magnificent patio and garden for al fresco dining and offers a separate room for family gatherings. The focus is on recipes from the coastal region of Oaxaca, a Mexican state, and liquors derived from agave such as Mezcal, Tequila, Bacanora and Sotol. Typical menu items include fresh picked Dungeness crab, chicken-chile verde soup and constantly changing quesadillas. Try cocktails such as the Jack Satan with hibiscus extracts, and flights like Valle de Tequila Lowland Flight and Mezcal de Alipus Flight, which combine various Mexican liquors.
Breakfast is undeniably the most important meal of the day, and no one does it better than Sweet Maple. With a menu composed of fluffy scrambled eggs and omelets, steaks, pizzas, sandwiches and more, breakfast at this restaurant is sure to leave you feeling happy and content all day long. Their lunch menu is just as impressive, with salads, panini, burgers and cheesesteaks that are sure to satisfy your appetite and comfort your soul. No matter what you choose to eat, be sure to try some of their Millionaire's Bacon, and you will surely not be disappointed. A favorite amongst locals, Sweet Maple is the perfect place to grab a hearty meal before a long day, or enjoy a leisurely brunch with family and friends.
Kagawa-Ya Udon is a sleek Japanese bistro dishing out Japanese and Hawaiian specialties. Fans of Japanese cuisines can relish Udon, Onigiri, Tempura, a variety of curries and much more. They are popular for their Udon dish, which is prepared by aging it for 19 hours, it is then pressed, rolled and sliced to perfection. Foodies can come in and enjoy a bowl of delicious Udon. Besides regular drinks they also serve Hawaiian beverages like Hawaiian sodas, coffee and tea.
Enjoy bottomless cups of tea as you pet, play and socialize with KitTea's adorable cats, all of whom are up for adoption. The cafe is the first of its kind in San Francisco, and is a haven for all those who find themselves unable to resist a friendly feline. Visits to the cat lounge last up to an hour and incur a fee that includes limitless tea refills. You can also enjoy sandwiches, cakes and other snacks from the cafe menu as you play. A separate tea-room offers a view of the cat lounge, where you can enjoy the varied cafe selection while watching the cats do their thing. KitTea also works alongside Give Me Shelter, a local cat rescue, to help these adorable cats find a permanent home.
This new spot located in the heart of San Francisco is a perfect joint to, drop in, grab a drink or have a small bite. This trendy bar has a terrific selection of beers that also includes some sour beers which are well fermented. The bites menu is carefully chosen to perfectly pair along with the beer selection. This bar surely embodies everything from an amazing ambiance, gracious bartenders and crackling portions – everything that a good bar should have.
Recreating the atmosphere of a Japanese Izakaya or bar, Izakaya Roku offers up an extensive selection of eats as well as a nice selection of Japanese spirits like sake and beer. Much like a tapas bar, the dishes are mainly small plates meant to accompany your drink. With a relaxed, lively ambiance typical of an Izakaya, it's a great place for an after-work place to unwind. Try thier selection of dishes like the Devil Tofu, Beef Tendon in Miso, Crispy Chicken wings amongst the snacks. The Udon Carbonara is an interesting and filling dish to try if you're on the hungrier side. For details and reservations, give them a call.
Bar Agricole is contemporary, trendy with a cozy, laid back atmosphere. Local art installations like the glass pieces lend the place a unique, modern vibe, well represented in both the décor and the interesting drinks selection. With a menu full of fresh, locally-sourced dishes, you know you are getting quality food when you dine at Bar Agricole, whether for dinner or brunch. But what really sets this restaurant apart from the rest is its cocktail menu full of "bar-forward" drinks. Don't be turned off by names like "Monkey's Gland" or "Whiz Bang," all the drinks are exceptional and the bar stays open until it's empty. Extremely popular, especially on weekends, reservations are highly recommended.
In an area that is remarkably devoid of grocery stores, Harvest Urban Market stands as an oasis of speciality food, fresh produce and pre-packaged, healthy meals. The store boasts an impressive variety of fresh organic produce, speciality foods, wine, beer, coffees, and other items you would expect to find at a market. Apart from offering an array of pre-packaged deli meals like salads and sandwiches, the store also has a hot deli section where you can order freshly prepared meals to-go and an extensive salad bar. Their cafe serves coffee and light snacks throughout the day, while breakfast is served until 3p daily. Catering services are available as well. Although it's prices may be somewhat higher than competitors, it's convenient location and delicious offerings have made the Harvest Urban Market the go-to choice for many.