★★ Kokkari Estiatorio FINANCIAL
DISTRICT GREEK Wonderful sea-
sonal dishes and Greek classics
prepared with an expert California
touch—all in a warm, upscale setting.
200 Jackson St. (at Front St.) y 415/
981-0983. Entrees $19-$34. AE, DC,
DISC, MC, V. Lunch Mon-Fri, dinner
Mon-Sat. Bus: 10. Map p 96.
★ = La Corneta Taqueria
THE MISSION MEXICAN Of the
myriad Mission taquerias, this is one
of the best. Stand in line to choose
the fillings for your mammoth bur-
rito. 2731 Mission St. (between
23rd & 24th sts.) y 415/643-7001.
Entrees $3-$12. MC, V. Lunch & din-
ner daily. Bus: 14, 49. BART: 24th St.
Map p 93.
La Méditerranée PACIFIC HEIGHTS
AND NOE VALLEY MEDITERRANEAN
A casual, narrow storefront serving
up satisfying hummus, stuffed grape
leaves, and the like. The chicken cili-
cia in phyllo dough is super. 2210 Fill-
more St. (at Sacramento St.) y 415/
921-2956. 288 Noe St. (at Market St.)
www.cafelamed.com. Entrees $7.25-
$14. AE, MC, V. Lunch & dinner Mon-
Sat. Bus: 1, 22. Map p 93.
La Rondalla THE MISSION
MEXICAN It's a fiesta every night
here with year-round Christmas
lights, mariachi music, and a long
menu of Mexican dishes. Potent
margaritas keep the party going.
901-903 Valencia St. (at 20th St.)
y 415/647-7474. Entrees $8-$12.
No credit cards. Dinner daily. Bus: 14,
49. BART: 24th St. Map p 93.
Le Colonial UNION SQUARE
VIETNAMESE Swanky colonial-style
decor. I suggest grabbing appetizers
and drinks upstairs in the sultry
lounge. 20 Cosmo Place (off Post St.,
between Jones & Taylor sts.). y 415/
931-3600. Entrees $8-$33. AE, MC, V.
Dinner daily. Bus: 2, 3, 4, 27, 38.
Map p 96.
Artichokes are just one of many
vegetables grown locally.
★★ Limòn THE MISSION PERUVIAN
Peruvian is all the rage, and the stun-
ning ceviche dishes at Limon show
you why. The “Picante de Mariscos”
is divine. 524 Valencia St. (between
16th & 17th sts.) y 415/252-0918.
Entrees $10-$18. AE, MC, V. Lunch &
dinner daily. Bus: 14, 22, 33, 49.
BART: 16th St. Map p 93.
= Long Life Noodle Com-
pany & Jook Joint SOMA ASIAN
Good, cheap noodles served every
which way. 139 Steuart St. (between
Mission & Howard sts.) y 415/281-
3818. (Additional location in the
Sony Metreon food court). Entrees
$5.50-$9. MC, V. Lunch & dinner
Mon-Fri. Bus: 15, 30, 32, 45. Street-
car: F. Map p 94.
★★ L'Osteria del Forno NORTH
BEACH ITALIAN There are always
as many people lined up outside as
seated inside the cozy dining room
that serves some of North Beach's
best Italian. 519 Columbus Ave.
(between Union & Green sts.) y 415/
982-1124. Entrees $11-$13. No credit
cards. Lunch & dinner Wed-Mon. Bus:
15, 30, 41. Cable car: Powell-Mason.
Map p 98.
Lovejoy's Tea Room CASTRO
AFTERNOON TEA Crustless sand-
wiches, scones, and a bountiful tea
selection. Lovejoy's doubles as an