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5 Restaurants to Try This Weekend in San Francisco

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Eater SF answers the question, “Where should I eat and drink this weekend?”

Uni at Ichi Sushi
Uni at Ichi Sushi
Eric H./Yelp

It’s the top question every weekend: where should I eat? Well, look no further, because fresh from the mouths of Eater editors and contributors, here now are a few places to check out this weekend, updated every Friday. Get out there.

March 3

For a sneak peek at Namu Stonepot: The Mill

A Namu Gaji stonepot
A Namu Gaji stonepot
Alice H./Yelp

Big fan of Namu Gaji? Then you’re going to watch to check out the preview of the Lee brothers’ new fast casual Korean spot on Divis, Namu Stonepot. It’s opening this spring, but if you just can’t wait that long, they’ll be previewing the menu this Saturday, March 4 at 7 pm. until sold out at The Mill. Expect barbecue donburi, bibimbap, kimchi and tofu stew, and more. 736 Divisadero St., SF — Stefanie Tuder

For a really special Chinatown experience: R&G Lounge

R&G Lounge’s chicken
R&G Lounge’s chicken
Stefanie Tuder

There are a ton of classic Chinatown experiences to be had, but this particular dish at R&G Lounge is worth seeking out — soon. Gather your group and make your plans right now, because you have to order this specific dish in advance, but if you do, R&G Lounge will prepare you lo mei gai, or a large deboned chicken stuffed with Chinese sausage, vegetables, glutinous rice, and chicken meat, that’s then fried whole. The price tag is $55, and it’s worth every dollar. 631 Kearny St., SF — ST

For way-above-average neighborhood sushi: Ichi Sushi

Ichi Sushi
Ichi Sushi
Darren Samuelson

Ichi Sushi is a true Bernal Heights neighborhood restaurant. Owners Tim and Erin Archuleta live upstairs, and are committed to bringing this sometimes sleepy neighborhood top quality fish. Ask for a seat at the bar and get expert nigiri and small plates — my favorite route is giving the sushi chef an amount of how much I’d like to spend, and leaving the rest up to them. 3369 Mission St., SF — ST

Because you have the time to wait in line: Swan Oyster Depot

Swan Oyster Depot
Swan Oyster Depot
Daniel Krieger/Eater SF

I know, I know — the wait seems nuts. But remember you’re never unhappy once you’re sidled up to this 100-year-old, family-owned seafood bar on Polk Street, sopping up some fatty crab back with crusty sourdough bread. Eat all the oysters, drink all the beer, and thank me later. It’s supposed to rain, anyway, so what else are you doing? 1517 Polk St., SF — ST

For the city’s best Korean barbecue: Han Il Kwan

Han Il Kwan
Han Il Kwan
Stefanie Tuder

Known for the hordes of Korean tourists that unload by the bus-full, Han Il Kwan rightfully attracts so many visitors due to the quality of its meat, the housemade banchan, friendly service, and attractive environment. The inlaid gas grills have excellent ventilation, so you won't leave smelling like your meal, and the array of banchan includes seasoned bean sprouts, three kinds of kimchi, baby anchovies, and more. Han Il Kwan’s meat is very high-quality, so be prepared to pay for it — one plate of galbi (marinated short ribs) is $30. It’s still worth it for the quality and experience, which make it a definite step above the others in the area. 1802 Balboa St., SF — ST

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