House-made pastries at Arlequin
The expert: Charles Bililies, chef-owner of Souvla'
Biergarten: “Sometimes I’ll sneak out in the midafternoon and grab a beer here—it’s run by the Suppenküche guys and is always fun. People don’t expect the food at a beer garden to be good, but here it’s really exceptional: I love the sausages and the burger.” 424 Octavia St. (near Fell St.), 415-252-9289
Fig & Thistle: “It’s a super-cute, kind of hidden wine bar with a well-edited wine list. It serves cheese and charcuterie, too, perfect for a quiet little date night.” 313 Ivy St. (at Gough St.), 415-617-9825
Zuni Café: “This is always my three-hour, two-bottle-of-wine lunch spot. My standing order is the roast chicken, Caesar salad, and shoestring fries, with a glass of white burgundy.” 1658 Market St. (at Rose St.) 415-552-2522
Arlequin Café: “We love the back patio. Usually we’ll buy a bottle of wine there. For $5, they’ll open it and give you glasses.” 384 Hayes St. (near Gough St.), 415-626-1211
Originally published in the December issue of San Francisco