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. Painstaking preparation yields sun-drenched flavors and exquisite textures: crispy-skin cod with frothy preserved-lime dip, and 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 menu (five courses $73) with optional wine pairings (add $49).