On Crowded Valencia Street, Three Memorable Lunch Spots

In the past year and a half, 16 restaurants have opened along a three-block stretch of the Valencia Street corridor in San Francisco's Mission District. There are so many places to eat, some local merchants are asking the city for a freeze on new permits, something that's unlikely to happen. How to navigate SF's crowded new restaurant zone? Local Chowhounds pondered a question about where to have a comfortable sit-down lunch here and came up with three great picks.

1. At Dante's Weird Fish, the seafood sandwiches and soups are a great value. DezzerSF

2. St. Vincent now sells one-pot lunches, Tuesday to Friday; a recent weekly menu featured she-crab soup, Venetian-style risotto, and pork sausage chili. BernalKC

3. Bar Tartine has a mind-blowing lunch menu that includes snacks, salads, and open-face, smørrebrød-like sandwiches on the excellent house rye. absc

Dante's Weird Fish [Mission District]
2193 Mission Street, San Francisco
415-863-4744

St. Vincent [Mission District]
1270 Valencia Street, San Francisco
415-285-1200

Bar Tartine [Mission District]
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco
415-487-1600

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