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Russian Hill

Establishment neighborhood
Batch
1648 Pacific Ave., Russian Hill
Staged to resemble the evolving home of your dreams, Batch feels like a gallery space, but actually, everything is for sale. The layout—and therefore, the inventory—changes regularly and has expanded beyond the original store-meets-showroom. Batch transform homes for sale into shoppable spaces where every staged item (again, often themed around a season or a personality) are for purchase, right down to the clothing in the closet and the wine in the fridge. You can view the Batch roster of shoppable staged homes on their website or keep tabs to see where their next pop-up showroom will, well, pop up.
Blue Barn Gourmet
2237 Polk St., Russian Hill
Sure, it's technically a deli, but that's only because there isn't really a fitting name yet for a quick and easy lunch spot (they're great for dinner and breakfast, too) that does the requisite sandwiches, soups, and salads while adhering to the tenets of the slow food movement. This means that everything on the menu is sustainably and locally sourced, mainly from Sonoma's family-owned Oak Hill Farm. The grilled cheese sandwiches are especially insane. There's also an outpost in the Marina.
Blue Barn Gourmet
2237 Polk St., Russian Hill
Sure, it's technically a deli, but that's only because there isn't really a fitting name yet for a quick and easy lunch spot (they're great for dinner and breakfast, too) that does the requisite sandwiches, soups, and salads while adhering to the tenets of the slow food movement. This means that everything on the menu is sustainably and locally sourced, mainly from Sonoma's family-owned Oak Hill Farm. The grilled cheese sandwiches are especially insane. There's also an outpost in the Marina.
Nick’s Crispy Tacos
1500 Broadway, Russian Hill
Nick's Crispy Tacos is only open during the day, since, you know, it operates out of a Russian Hill night club (you enter through a side door of the club). They have the best tacos—crispy or regular—along with perfect guacamole, elote (Mexican corn on the cob), and delicious melon juice. The plush red booths and sprawling dance floor make for an interesting set-up for a taco place but it's a fun place to bring out-of-towners. They also do "Taco Tuesdays" when you can get two tacos for $6 and two Mexican beers for $7.
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