Chef Chin. This place is currently vying for my #1 in my local neighborhood Chinese food pick. Since changing ownership and chefs, this place has pretty good Taiwanese breakfast on the weekend. The only problem is that it isn't cheap and good. It isn't super pricey either though. They do have hot pot now and are open late on the weekends. Plus for orders be 3 and 6 pm are happy hour, so your 2nd entree is 1/2 off. Now that's pretty good pricing.
Sam Woo. This is the SD member of this SoCal Chinese food chain. This location is tucked inside the 99 Ranch shopping center. Better parking is located behind the shopping center. Simple, inexpensive Cantonese fare. There is a a super cheap limited menu for $3.50 that is available before 11 am. They are open late. I have no idea why people expect good service at cheap Chinese places. That isn't why people eat here. The roast meats are pretty good as well.
Side Street Inn is wildly popular with locals, especially local chefs. No one is more surprised than owner Colin Nishida, who likes to remind diners, "We're a bar that serves food. We're not a restaurant that serves alcohol." So go there to kick back with a few beers or to watch a game.
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In Napa Valley, book a table at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch for some seriously delicious food with really cool atmosphere. Bistro Don Giovanni is also amazing—perfect for a late lunch after a winery tour. In San Francisco, head to Cockscomb, Top Chef Master Chris Cosentino's newest place, for some delicious eats including a raw bar. The Perennial, set to open in early September, comes from the team behind Mission Chinese Food and Commonwealth.