Southpaw’s $35 four-course Southern tasting menu is served at the kitchen counter. Think smoked goat with salsa verde, pineapple relish, and fry bread (pictured) and a strawberry-cayenne sundae with salted caramel for dessert. 2170 Mission St. (near Sycamore St.), 415-934-9300
At Roxy’s Café, chef Manny Torres Giminez serves stunning plates like arugula vichyssoise and yucca gnocchi. Twenty-five dollars buys four courses, which change nightly based on the markets. 2847 Mission St. (near 24th St.), 415-375-1185
For just $24, Berkeley Indian mainstay Ajanta will fill your table with four courses of vegetarian Indian deliciousness, including one of the fluffiest samosas in the Bay Area. 1888 Solano Ave. (at The Alameda), 510-526-4373
Originally published in the July 2013 issue of San Francisco.