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Conservative eating in the Mission

Have some guests tonight that aren't really too adventurous with food; normally my go-to choice in the Mission for this would be Luna Park (or the former Monk's Kettle), but there aren't any reservations available for 6:30, and I don't want to have to wait a while.

Grub looks intruiging, but I haven't heard any reports on here, and the Yelp reviews are all over the place. South End Grill 'N Bar also looks good, but there usually doesn't seem to be many people in there, and I think they want a place that feels a little lively.

Am I missing something obvious?

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Luna Park
694 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110

The Monk's Kettle
3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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  1. Little Star? Might be a bit of a wait, but you can always pre-order your pizza while you're waiting.

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    Little Star Pizza Valencia
    400 Valencia St, San Francisco, CA 94103

    1. How much are you willing to spend? On the small and intimate side but Woodward's Garden is safe...but on the pricey end.

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      Woodward's Garden
      1700 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

      1. Range
        Bar Tartine (new chef doing great things, see thread. Usually has places around 6)
        Chow (on Church St)

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        Bar Tartine
        561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

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        1. re: Thomas Nash

          I'd be careful about Bar Tartine with the new chef. Some might think the Eastern European focus contains "weird" food.

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          Bar Tartine
          561 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

          1. Inkas, Bernal Heights vs The Mission.
            http://www.inkasrestaurant.com/images...

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            Inkas Restaurant
            3299 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

            1. Not quite the Mission proper but close enough at 19th/Bryant...Universal Cafe is pretty safe.

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              1. re: ML8000

                +1 on the universal cafe. Wider and more pleasant menu than Slow Club.

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                Slow Club
                2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

              2. How about Locavore in the Outer Mission? http://locavoreca.com/?page_id=60

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                Locavore
                3215 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                1. Slow Club or Spork?

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                  Slow Club
                  2501 Mariposa Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  Spork
                  1058 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

                  1. Good suggestions above. I'd also consider Blue Plate, Starbelly (possible wait) or Limon Rotisserie (roast chicken). Pi or Schmidt's if they like beer.

                    1. Former Monk's Kettle? I just walked by yesterday. Did they change/close?

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                      The Monk's Kettle
                      3141 16th St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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                      1. re: billraymond

                        since the new chef took over, the menu went far more upscale, as did the beer; it's like a totally different place

                      2. My Conservative eating in the Mission vote goes to La Traviata. The menu is safe for all sorts of tastes, comfortable, great service, plenty of space. Blue Plate is also a great choice if you're looking for something south of Cesar Chavez.

                        South End Bar is mostly bar food like potato skins, wings, sliders, chicken strips and a mac n' cheese bar. If that's the sort of menu you're looking for, I would suggest Hog n' Rocks instead. South End Grill is better for beer drinking - the food isn't what's keeping them in business. For a good good beer menu with food, Pi Bar is probably your best option. I like the food at Rosamunde more - but it's very casual.

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                        La Traviata
                        2854 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

                        1. remembering that they also enjoy really nice views and such, we went to medjool to sit up top, except they didn't want to, so we were downstairs.

                          i always forget that medjool actually has very tasty middle eastern/mediterranean/n. african food, and that it's pretty mcuh an entirely different entity than the marina-filled club it becomes on weekend nights.

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                          1. re: vulber

                            So that worked out, huh? I wouldn't have expected it, but right now that you mention it.

                            1. re: bbulkow

                              i think they got a new chef fairly recently, the food was even better than last time. portions are also bigger, so now you really only have to order 1.5 items/person rather than two.

                              1. re: vulber

                                I don't know...the roof just seems a bit scene-y to be conservative.