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help w/ tiny, rad restaurants in sf proper?

i am a short girl. i love tiny restaurants. i am visiting san francisco next week, so nowhere too difficult to get into. i am staying in the mission.

something like the little owl in new york city. i would like for them to be cozy, delicious, and somewhat unique. with some..... je ne sais quoi.

to indicate my likes, my favourite san francisco eats have been: country station (aweee...), quince (circa 2005?), and all mission mexican eats esp el tonayense and el metate.

anyways, this is probably my last visit to SF indefinitely, so i would love something special? any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  1. Definitely Canteen. Call asap to see if you can get dinner reservations for that week, but their weekend brunches are first come first serve and are also great.

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    1. re: JasmineG

      canteen! how could i have forgotten it? what a great suggestion, thanks.

    2. Cafe Jacqueline, in North Beach. It's tiny, and all they serve are souffle's (you can get salad as well). It's a tiny jewel, delicious.

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      1. re: fogcityite

        ive always wanted to try cafe jacqueline. unfortunately, my dining partner has serious problems with too much dairy/eggs in his diet. i have heard wonderful things. i dream of being able to try it one day. very good suggestion.

      2. Have you tried Minako? It's a tiny organic Japanese restaurant right there in the Mission.

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        Minako Organic Japanese Restaurant
        2154 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          ruth, after doing research i find very mixed reviews. have you had an experience there? though i don't often post, i do read on a regular basis and really love your opinions. would love to hear about what you think.

          1. re: tinymango

            Thanks for the compliments! I haven't actually eaten there myself (I don't really like Japanese food), but people whose opinions I trust have always said good things about it. I think it really comes down to expectations. A lot of people when they think "Japanese" think "sushi" and that's not really what Minako is about.

            Here's a recent report from Melanie: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/319637
            And one from pane: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/463769

            Note also that the famous Limster almost always hits Minako when he comes to town.

            1. re: JasmineG

              does anyone happen to know if bar crudo has a happy hour?

              1. re: tinymango

                I don't think so -- and really, it's too small for something like that, no room for people standing around.

          1. It doesn't get much tinier, different or unique then Yamo: Burmese, counter only seating, and in the Mission. I wouldn't call it chic or dainty but it has its charm.

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            1. re: ML8000

              great rec, esp since i am on a budget. this looks like a really fascinating little place.