Since I've moved into San Francisco, I've fallen in with a bad crowd. I've found myself hanging out with foodies, which has resulted in a lighter wallet and a heavier exercise schedule. Here's some of the more memorable places I've been in the last six months. Most of these aren't particularly high-end, but did leave an impression.
Blue – Spicy mac'n'cheese! Tater tots! A tiny diner on Market near Castro, full of lovingly executed comfort food.
La Mar – Strange but nice mashed-potato sculptures, served a bit like sushi. An expensive Peruvian restaurant at the Embarcadero, has high-octane pismo sours.
Chow – American traditional, old-style pasta dishes like spaghetti and meatballs. There's multiple locations, but the one at Church and Market has the best food and service.
L'Ardoise – Classy but unpretentious French food, coq-au-vin done right. Staffed by actual French people, this small place near Noe and Market is one of my favorite restaurants in the world.
Sushi Raw – Everyday California sushi, think spider rolls and other staples. Near Haight and Steiner in Lower Haight, this is a solid neighborhood sushi bar with a good online ordering system for take-out. It's my go-to place for a quick and healthy weekday meal.
Axum Cafe – Ethiopian food, lots of vegetarian offerings. This was my first exposure to Ethiopian food, and as a fan of both bread and eating with my hands, I was a natural. I recommend getting a platter with a sampler of all five of their dishes.
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