The Special at Dinosaurs
The expert: Adam Timney, executive chef and partner at Starbelly restaurant.
The picks: “Ramen Izakaya Goku is technically in the Mission, but it’s right down the street from my restaurant and has super ramen with a rich tonkotsu broth. The portion is just the right size and exactly what I want to eat on the rare day when I get off from work early.” 3232 16th St. (near Guerrero St.), 415-934-0321
“I’m kinda over the crowded, expensive cocktail joints. I usually just want a beer at a place like Pilsner Inn, which has a nice little patio and room to breathe.” 225 Church St. (near Market St.), 415-621-7058
“Dinosaurs is my quick go-to for banh mi. I get the Special with pâté, roasted pork, and fancy pork loaf, along with a soy milk and some extra fish sauce for dipping.” 2275 Market St. (near Noe St.), 415-503-1421
Originally published in the February 2014 issue of San Francisco