★★ Café Jacqueline NORTH
BEACH SOUFFLES Consistently
voted SF's most romantic restaurant.
Too bad, because even “just friends”
should try the artful, all-soufflé menu.
1454 Grant Ave. (between Green &
Union sts.) y 415/981-5565. Soufflés
for 2 $30-$50. AE, DC, DISC, MC, V.
Dinner Wed-Sun. Bus: 15, 30, 41.
Cable car: Powell-Mason. Map p 98.
★★ Café Kati PACIFIC HEIGHTS
ASIAN FUSION East meets West in
an intimate neighborhood favorite.
Thai red curry seafood or Caesar
salad with Cajun cornmeal catfish
are among the scrumptious options.
1963 Sutter St. (between Fillmore
& Webster sts.) y 415/775-7313.
Entrees $21-$27. AE, MC, V. Dinner
Tues-Sun. Bus: 2, 3, 4, 22, 38.
Map p 94.
★ = Café Marimba MARINA
MEXICAN Fresh Oaxacan cuisine
like red-snapper tacos served in a
colorful setting. Homemade tortillas
and guacamole shine. 2317 Chestnut
St. (at Divisadero St.) y 415/776-
1506. Entrees $8-$14. AE, MC, V.
Lunch & dinner daily. Bus: 22, 30.
Map p 94.
★ Caffé Macaroni NORTH BEACH
ITALIAN Hearty Neapolitan dishes
like gnocchi with Gorgonzola make
this hole in the wall a true find. Thank
goodness there are two outdoor
tables . 59 Columbus Ave. (at Jackson
St.) y 415/956-9737. Entrees $9.50-
$15. No credit cards. Dinner Mon-
Sat. Bus: 15, 41. Map p 98.
The Canvas Cafe/Gallery SUN-
SET AMERICAN/COFFEEHOUSE This
loftlike space next to Golden Gate
Park triples as an art gallery, lounge,
and cafe. Come for the sandwich,
soup, salad, and pizza fare, or try an
entree like the tamale pie or home-
made macaroni and cheese. 1200 9th
Ave. (at Lincoln Way) y 415/504-
0060. Entrees $6.35-$8.70. AE, MC, V.
Breakfast, lunch & dinner daily. Live
music Thurs-Sun evenings until 2am
(drinks only after 10pm). Bus: 6, 66,
71. Muni: 9th & Irving. Map p 99.
★ Cha Cha Cha's HAIGHT
CARIBBEAN Tapas like Cajun
shrimp and spicy Caribbean entrees
are jazzed up with tropical decor
and festive Latin rhythms. 1801
Haight St. (at Shrader St.) y 415/
386-7670. Entrees $13-$16. MC, V.
Lunch & dinner daily. Bus: 7, 66, 71.
Map p 94.
Chez Panisse BERKELEY CALIFOR-
NIA The famous Alice Water's
restaurant still deliver's a changing
menu with fresh ingredients—the def-
inition of California Cuisine (see box
p 103). 1517 Shattuck Ave. (between
Cedar & Vine sts.) y 510/548-5525.
Entrees $50-$75 (prix-fixe). AE, DC,
DISC, MC, V. Dinner Mon. to Sat. BART:
Downtown Berkeley. Map p 94.
Alice Waters, the queen of California Cuisine, in her kitchen at the famed Chez Panisse.