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I am a regular visitor to San Francisco (and lived here off and on over the past ten years), but I haven't been back for 6 months. I will be back for a weekend in December, and I am looking for a restaurant recommendation for a new place (or an old place that is new again), for dinner on a saturday night in a few weeks. I'll be staying in the city (in SOMA), and I don't drive, but I walk long distances and can take a cab. But, preferably, someplace in the city.

I would love to find a new slow-food, or at least, locally-sourced restaurant with a casual atmosphere (no tablecloths please) and an emphasis on simple food, well prepared. I like a place i can linger for a couple of hours, and am just as happy at a bar as at a table.

The other two places I am going are RN74 and Range - but, other suggestions for my weekend back in SF?

Thanks

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RN74
301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

RN74
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  1. Nombe - no tablecloths, great food, hang out at the counter...

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    Nombe
    2491 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

    1. Bar Agricole fits the bill. Really great food, more casual than RN74.

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      RN74
      301 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

      Bar Agricole
      355 11th Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. Take a look at Prospect, from the Nancy Oakes/Boulevard team:

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7181...

        For lunch, try the Golden West in Trinity Place: http://theauwest.com/

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        Golden West
        8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

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        1. re: DavidT

          There's no seating at Golden West, only outside patio seating at the end of the alley. Just something to keep in mind if the weather stays like this. I think of GW as more of a place to pick up breakfast pastries.

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          Golden West
          8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

            1. re: Pei

              Yes, the Golden West is takeaway only. However, if you do not try their lunch offerings, you are missing on some VERY tasty chow. There is also plenty of seating available in the Crocker Galleria across Sutter Street.

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              Golden West
              8 Trinity Pl, San Francisco, CA 94104

          1. You could try and grab a counter seat at Frances

            1. You can also check out Cotogna, from the people behind Quince, which is next door on Jackson Street.

              http://articles.sfgate.com/2010-11-14...