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On A Mission for a Meal? Check Out These Eats

San Francisco has so many great restaurants in different parts of town. Whatever you’re in the mood for, some parts of the city are better than others for your cravings: North Beach has Italian, Clement has Chinese, and the Mission has Mexican food. Look in the nooks and crannies of each of these neighborhoods and you’ll find unique restaurants that stand out. Yes, you can find amazing burritos in the Mission, but try some of these other great restaurants that have nothing to do with tacos or carnitas.

Herbivore (983 Valencia)
Fri & Sat. 9A.M-11P.M.
Prices: $7-$11

I am the furthest thing from a vegan eater, but after coming to this place I found that I really enjoy the food and atmosphere. The staff is really friendly and willing to spend fifteen minutes with you on the menu if you don’t know what to order. There are also a ton of items on their menu that are gluten free!
Favorite Dishes:
Green papaya salad ($7.5)
Spicy rice noodles ($7.5)

Delfina (3621 18th St.)
Hours: Mon- Thurs. 5:30-10P, Fri & Sat 5:30-11P, Sun 5-10P
Prices: $8-$26

I love Pizzeria Delfina but am sometimes craving something more than pizza. Right next door to the pizzeria is a sit down restaurant that has the whole package of an amazing restaurant: great food, fast and friendly service and a prime spot for people watching! It’s a hit or miss with how busy the restaurant can get but is completely worth the wait!
Favorite Dishes:
Tripe alla Florentina ($10)
Hawaiian Ahi ($26)
Spiced Almonds ($3)

Beretta (1199 Valencia)
Hours: Sun-Mon 5:30P.M.-1A.M.
Prices: $6-$26

I love this place! It’s tucked away on Valencia, away from the main hub of restaurants and shops. Although on the corner, I accidentally passed by it when meeting my dad here for dinner one night. Looking from the outside, it is always packed and once inside, you can see why. The small restaurant is cozy. For my 21+ readers, there’s also a full bar that has everything you could possibly want. For the underage crowd, there is a really good ginger beer.

Favorite dishes:
Butternut squash soup ($6)
Broccoli rabe, pancetta and mozzerella pizza ($12)
Osso Bucco ($16)

Mission Chinese (2234 Mission)
Hours: 11:30- 3P.M., 5-10:30P.M. Closed Wednesdays
Prices: $7-$13

I generally dislike going to restaurants that spring out of nowhere and are extremely hyped up. Don’t get me wrong, I love hot tips on where to eat, but am generally disappointed after so much anticipation. I never really had a dying urge to try this place but an episode of Anthony Bourdain: The Layover finally lured me in. The dishes here are flavorful and made to order; they even have hand pulled noodles.

Favorite Dishes:
Thrice Cooked Bacon ($11)- can be made vegan
Chilled Buckwheat noodles ($7)

The Mission District has amazing food that ranges from Asian Fusion to Vegan/Gluten Free. Even though it may be your usual stop for a burrito, make sure you try what else the neighborhood has to offer.

Get Your Hipster Glasses For Coffee In The Mission

The Mission is a hit-or-miss kind of neighborhood. Sometimes you are walking down a perfectly lovely block of artsy shops and bike dens and the next minute you have stumbled upon a dark, sketchy corner where underprivileged youth are snorting cocaine. Likewise, coffee in the mission is either amazing or terrible. There’s no middle ground.

Progressive Grounds definitely takes the “amazing” award. This cozy coffee house is located at Bryant and 21st St. and is a branch of the Progressive Grounds mother ship in Bernal Heights. The coffee here is great, but the best part about this place is the vibe and the wide variety of food and drink. Their smoothies are fantastic and they have a huge amount of sandwiches, pastries, etc. Normally the large communal table in the center is filled with different people reading the newspaper or quietly working. Progressive Grounds is a great place to bring homework and utilize their free wifi.

Although single patrons are present more often than groups, it’s also a good hang out spot for small groups. The music will soften any private conversations you may have and the big tables are great for spreading out projects. This coffee shop has a comfy community feel that you would be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the mission.

Four Barrel on 14th and Valencia is everything that Progressive Grounds is not. They basically serve one thing: black coffee. Personally, I love black coffee so that isn’t a problem for me. The problem is that the very idea of a latte seems to disgust the baristas. Be prepared for an unrivaled level of hipster smugness at this establishment. The shop itself is very large, but sparsely decorated. The tables are communal, but look like steel slabs. They roast their own beans, but the roaster looks more like a museum display than a functional machine. If you don’t have a sleek Macbook, don’t even bother coming here to work—the ostracism you will suffer might damage you for good. The coffee itself is mediocre—I hear it being compared to Blue Bottle, but I have to disagree. One day, maybe, I will be obscure enough to appreciate this place, but that is unlikely.

Philz Coffee on 24th St. and Folsom is one of my favorite places to exist in the Mission. This part of the Mission is great because it is hidden from the tourists milling around Valencia St. and the market-place feel of the main Mission St. drag. This is definitely a neighborhood coffee house, with lots of local Mission-ites working, conversing, and enjoying the delicious nature of all things Philz. Each cup of coffee is brewed on site when you order, so you will never experience that gross stale taste of coffee long ignored in the pot. The baristas are always friendly and excited to help you. Then again, if I worked at such a fine establishment, I would also be excessively pleased with my life. I haven’t dappled into the world of fancy espresso drinks at Philz yet, but that just speaks to how tasty their drip coffee is. If you decide to order something extravagant, just know you are in uncharted territory.
The Mission has about as many coffee shops as they have hipster mustaches—so, finding the right coffee shop can be a bit of a journey. Other good coffee shops to check out include: Mission Creek Café and Maxfield’s. Shops to stay away from: Muddy Water and Ritual Café.

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