Al's Place

Californian in The Mission, Dogpatch & Potrero Hill

The Golden State dazzles on Al's plates, featuring homegrown heirloom ingredients, pristine Pacific seafood, and grass-fed meat on the side. Painstaking preparation yields sun-drenched flavors and exquisite textures: crispy-skin cod with frothy preserved-lime dip, grilled peach melting into velvety foie gras. Dishes are half the size but thrice the flavor of mains elsewhere – get two or three, and you'll be California dreaming.

If everyone wants to try everything – because, really, who wouldn't at Al's? – get the family-style tasting menu (four courses $65) with optional wine pairings (add $45).