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Which Mission restaurant is this? (Help, please!)

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originalfig Nov 23, 2010 11:38 AM

I stumbled across a lovely little corner restaurant in the Mission recently and now I can't recall the name! Does anyone know which restaurant this is:

- Location: Northwest corner of Guerrero St and, I dunno, could be 18th, 19th, 20th, 21st or 22nd....It's across the street from a laudromat on the NE corner. The rest of the block is, I think, residential.

- Decor/Space: Small, supercute, stylish, neighborhood place-- a single room with modern, warm decor. There's a small pastry case directly in line with the door (along the Guerrero Street side) with some pretty killer-looking house-made pastries and pies. I think but am not certain that one wall was brick. I remember modern art or photographs.

- Menu: A quick glance at the menu revealed an impression of New American-ish food. Key clue: They served me a cup of stellar, individually drip-poured coffee made to order. I think it was Blue Bottle.

Other clue: The owner told me they'd been open for about a year.

It's not The Liberties. This place is smaller, chicer, and newer.

I'd like to take a friend there this weekend for a birthday meal and would love to make a reservation. Does this ring any bells to anyone? Thanks very much for any help!

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    originalfig Nov 23, 2010 12:49 PM

    Windy, that's it! I just looked at Mission Beach Cafe's website and confirmed. Thanks for the terrific help, much appreciated. I'd been all over Google and Yelp but was looking too far down Guerrero.

    Looks like dinner is not cheap, though the quality of the ingredients appears high...I guess we will risk it; I loved the cosy atmosphere...Any idea who the new chef is? The site mentioned the owner and pastry chef, but no chef-chef....

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    Mission Beach Cafe
    198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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    1. re: originalfig
      Windy Nov 23, 2010 01:11 PM

      They went the celebrity chef route (Ryan somebody) and then I'm not sure. It's a lovely place; I've celebrated my birthday there. More intimate at night than at brunch.

      Alan Carter, the owner and pastry chef, is always around to welcome you, when he's not in the kitchen.

    2. wolfe Nov 23, 2010 11:59 AM

      If all else fails go to Google maps, search Guerrero and 18th, 19th etc. Click on street view and look at the 4 corners until you find it. This system works if you start with a lower # like 14.

      1. Windy Nov 23, 2010 11:54 AM

        It sounds like Mission Beach Cafe, which has been open 2+ years and is on 14th and Guerrero. Wonderful pastries. I haven't been for dinner since the chef has changed.

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        Mission Beach Cafe
        198 Guerrero St., San Francisco, CA 94103

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