The Slanted Door's spring rolls, stuffed with shrimp, pork, and mint, are served with a
Vietnamese peanut sauce.
entrees are not as consistent. 532
Columbus Ave. (between Green &
Union sts.) y 415/399-0499. Entrees
$19-$36. AE, MC, V. Lunch Sun-Thurs,
dinner daily. Bus: 15, 30, 41. Cable
car: Powell-Mason. Map p 98.
Sam's Grill FINANCIAL DISTRICT
ITALIAN/SEAFOOD Grab a comfy
booth and order charbroiled fish,
roasted chicken, or simple pasta
dishes at one of SF's oldest restau-
rants. 374 Bush St. (at Belden Place,
between Kearny & Montgomery sts.)
y 415/421-0594. Entrees $10-$27.
AE, DC, DISC, MC, V. Lunch & dinner
Mon-Fri. Bus: 15. BART/Muni: Mont-
gomery St. Map p 96.
★ Sanraku UNION SQUARE JAPAN-
ESE Some of the freshest sushi in
town. Decor is minimal, but the price
is right. Highchairs and boosters are
available . 704 Sutter St. (at Taylor St.)
y 415/771-0803. (Additional location
in the Sony Metreon food court).
Entrees $8.50-$25. AE, DC, DISC, MC,
V. Lunch & dinner daily. Bus: 2, 3, 4,
27. Map p 96.
★★★ The Slanted Door
FINANCIAL DISTRICT VIETNAMESE
Despite two moves to bigger spaces,
there's a perpetual crowd for Charles
Phan's delectable cooking. This is
SF's most popular restaurant; call
ahead. Ferry Bldg., 1 Ferry Plaza
(at The Embarcadero & Market St.)
y 415/861-8032. Entrees $10-$26
dinner. AE, MC, V. Lunch & dinner
daily. BART/Muni: Embarcadero.
Map p 94.
★ Sociale PRESIDIO HEIGHTS
ITALIAN Locals head to this court-
yard nook behind a tony shopping
street for superb Tuscan fare. Out-
door tables on warm days are a
plus. 3665 Sacramento St. (between
Locust & Spruce sts.) y 415/921-
3200. Entrees $12-$24. MC, V. Lunch
& dinner Mon-Sat. Bus: 1, 4. Map
★ Suppenkuche HAYES VALLEY
GERMAN An excellent beer selec-
tion and well-prepared Bavarian
classics make this an unlikely hot
spot among trendy young locals.
601 Hayes St. (at Laguna St.) y 415/
252-9289. Entrees $8.50-$17. AE,
DISC, MC, V. Dinner daily, brunch
Sun 10am-2:30pm. Bus: 21. Map
★ Swan Oyster Depot RUSSIAN
HILL SEAFOOD The lunch line for a
cup of chowder and oysters on the