1300 on Fillmore

Southern US in Nob Hill & Russian Hill

Reviving swank south of Geary, 1300 on Fillmore's enormous heavy doors open into a double-high living-room space, with exotic rugs, tufted-leather sofas and floor-to-ceiling, black-and-white portraits of jazz luminaries. Friday and Saturday evenings there's live music. The Southern-inspired food can be heavy – but, oh, that fried chicken. Sunday there's gospel brunch (reservations required), when church ladies arrive all dressed up.

It's also a lovely spot for cocktails on your own.