Bruno's Katharine Zacher and Ryan Ostler, veterans of such San Francisco 
restaurants as Range http://www.rangesf.com and Boulevard
http://www.boulevardrestaurant.com/ , pay tribute to the American South 
with applewood-smoked pork ribs ($16), hush puppies with chile-apple butter 
($5) and a knockout Frito pie ($6). Both chefs are trained pastry chefs, so 
don't miss desserts like whoopie pies ($3) and freshly made churros ($5). 
2389 Mission St.; 415-643-5200 or brunossf.com http://www.brunossf.com/

Contigo In sleepy Noe Valley, chef Brett Emerson cooks an unsung regional 
Spanish cuisine--that of Catalonia in the country's northeast. He turns out 
cocas (topped flatbreads; $16) and croquetas (oxtail croquettes; $9), and 
sources Spanish anchovies ($5) and jam?n Iberico ($15). The wine list is a 
revelation of Spanish vintages from underrepresented regions and producers. 
1320 Castro St.; 415-285-0250 or contigosf.com
http://www.contigosf.com/index.html

RN74 This wine bar from longtime Michael Mina
http://www.michaelmina.net/index.php wine director Rajat Parr is splashy 
but far from soulless. It's modeled after a European train station, and an 
enormous board advertises deals on 'last bottles' in stock (the cellar of 
white and red Burgundies is mind-boggling). The food from winemaker
http://tastingtable.com/entry_detail/national/254/A_chef-winemaker_snags_his_dream_job.htm 
and French Laundry http://www.frenchlaundry.com/ alum Jason Berthold is 
similarly outstanding. 301 Mission St.; 415-543-7474 or michaelmina.net
http://www.michaelmina.net/restaurant.php?restaurant_id=3

Mission Burger A spin-off of the cultish pop-up restaurant Mission Street 
Food http://blog.missionstreetfood.com/ , this makeshift venture operates 
from behind the meat counter at Duc Loi supermarket. Its namesake ($8) is a 
sophisticated--but still satisfying--retooling garnished with Monterey Jack 
cheese, caper aioli and caramelized onions. The fried-chicken sandwich ($8) 
with pickled jalape?os is equally smart and lusty. 2200 Mission St.; 
415-551-1772 or missionburger.com http://missionburger.com/
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Bruno's Katharine Zacher and Ryan Ostler, veterans of such San Francisco restaurants as Range and Boulevard, pay tribute to the American South with applewood-smoked pork ribs ($16), hush puppies with chile-apple butter ($5) and a knockout Frito pie ($6). Both chefs are trained pastry chefs, so don't miss desserts like whoopie pies ($3) and freshly made churros ($5). 2389 Mission St.; 415-643-5200 or brunossf.com

Contigo In sleepy Noe Valley, chef Brett Emerson cooks an unsung regional Spanish cuisine--that of Catalonia in the country's northeast. He turns out cocas (topped flatbreads; $16) and croquetas (oxtail croquettes; $9), and sources Spanish anchovies ($5) and jamón Iberico ($15). The wine list is a revelation of Spanish vintages from underrepresented regions and producers. 1320 Castro St.; 415-285-0250 or contigosf.com

RN74 This wine bar from longtime Michael Mina wine director Rajat Parr is splashy but far from soulless. It's modeled after a European train station, and an enormous board advertises deals on "last bottles" in stock (the cellar of white and red Burgundies is mind-boggling). The food from winemaker and French Laundry alum Jason Berthold is similarly outstanding. 301 Mission St.; 415-543-7474 or michaelmina.net

Mission Burger A spin-off of the cultish pop-up restaurant Mission Street Food, this makeshift venture operates from behind the meat counter at Duc Loi supermarket. Its namesake ($8) is a sophisticated--but still satisfying--retooling garnished with Monterey Jack cheese, caper aioli and caramelized onions. The fried-chicken sandwich ($8) with pickled jalapeños is equally smart and lusty. 2200 Mission St.; 415-551-1772 or missionburger.com
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