What's the 'ino of San Francisco?
I live in New York, and my favorite restaurant is 'ino, a panini place in the West Village. The food is delicious, the wine list is great (and super inexpensive), it's cozy (read: tiny), and it has amazing lighting so you always look great. It's also lovely because not everyone knows about it, so it's like a hidden gem. My friend and I are going to be in San Francisco over Presidents' Day weekend. What's the 'ino-like restaurant of San Francisco?
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1788 Shattuck Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709
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490 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133
'ino cafe offers meat and/or cheese plates for $12-13, salads $7-9, bruschetta $3, tramezzino $7, panino $11, wine $9-11 a glass / $29-110 a bottle ...
As far as food and wine, I guess the closest thing would be Barbacco, though it's not cozy or open until 2am.
SPQR might work for you. Very good food, wonderful wines in a cozy environment. The place is neither inexpensive nor expensive: it seems to surf that line between the two that, for me, helps define the sweet-spot of San Francisco dining. The lighting is complimentary, seating is tight, diners, for the most part, are locals. A lot of folk know about this place but that's the price of poker.
I would give a kidney to find a place in SF that does 'ino's truffle egg toast. Haven't found anything in SF quite like ino's combo of simple food and good wine. Mission Beach Cafe has the feel, Bar Bambino also has a similar feel although not the same menu and I think the markup is higher than 'ino. Lolo is similar in some ways with wine and plates from 6-14 and good for chats over wine.