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Eat: Raw bok choy salad (with toasted cashews and rice wine vinaigrette), XLB Shanghai soup dumplings and Forbidden Rice a la Plancha (with Chinese sausage, edamame and egg). Don’t pass up the matcha soft-serve (Straus ice cream, Fruity Pebbles and mochi) for dessert. Photo by Carlos Avila Gonzalez.
3198 16th St.; 415-552-5771 or chinosf.com
Eat: Grab a spot at the bar and order Spruce’s legendary burger (on an English muffin with a side of fries) and a glass of Seghesio Zinfandel. Photo by Ed Anderson.
3640 Sacramento St.; 415-931-5100 or sprucesf.com
Eat: House-made ricotta (with rosemary honey and lavash), pastrami (with onion jam, rye crumble and spicy mustard) and doughnut bread pudding (with All-Star Donuts and spiced milk).
2346 Chestnut St.; 415-447-6081 or causwells.com
Eat: Salumi plate (with serrano ham, Spanish chorizo and finocchiona), Margherita pizza (with burrata and fresh basil) and an Anderson Valley Summer Solstice beer. Photo by Craig Lee.
3583 16th St.; 415-252-7500 or starbellysf.com
Eat: Lamb meatballs (with haydari yogurt dip, paprika sauce and house pickles), lahmajun flatbread (with spiced beef, feta and herbs) and house-made Turkish manti beef dumplings (with yogurt, spices and paprika butter). Photo by Andrew Crowley.
2125 Fillmore St.; 415-563-1000 or troyasf.com
Just like the independent bookstore, the indie theater is going the way of the dodo. But luckily, a handful of old-fashioned venues are still standing in San Francisco.
Check out our slideshow for the perfect Friday-night dinner-and-a-movie plan.
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