Steak and frites at Urchin Bistrot.
At Contigo, the beloved Noe Valley Spanish and Catalan restaurant’s $35 Tuesday Tasting Menu will get you paella and four dishes, served family style. 1320 Castro St. (Near 24th St.), 415-285-0250
The monthly Eat Like a Chef, Drink Like a Somm series at Stones Throw features multicourse dinners cooked by local all-stars and costs $75, tax and gratuity included ($50 for wine pairings); all proceeds go to the SF-Marin Food Bank. 1896 Hyde St. (Near Green St.),
In addition to its à la carte menu, the very French Urchin Bistrot offers an eminently reasonable five- course prix fixe for $50, with wine pairings for an extra $38. 584 Valencia St. (Near 17th St.), 415-861-1844
The three-course $40 Sunday Supper menu at Homestead features beautifully prepared but suitably homey grub like roasted chicken and an apple brown Betty served with huckleberry swirl ice cream. 4029 Piedmont Ave. (At Glen Ave.), Oakland, 510-420-6962
Each Thursday at Cassava, $33 will buy you four courses of the Outer Richmond restaurant’s low-key but superb seasonal California cooking. 3519 Balboa St. (Near 36th Ave.), 415-640-8990
Originally published in the November issue of San Francisco magazine