Best of all, their spaetzle, sauerkraut, and house-made sausages are even better than Mom would make, with prices generally under $12. Specials like veal schnitzel also make their way onto the menu, along with baked goods from Esther's German Bakery in Mountain View. Guten appetit!
2400 Folsom, SF. (415) 401-0200, www.schmidts-sf.com
No one can argue with RN74's stunning 3,000-plus wine list, thanks to sommelier par excellence, Rajat Parr. Some argue with the food or rather, the price for "wine bar" fare but foodies know this as a metropolitan restaurant with a wine focus (highlighted by the French train station sign showcasing available bottles). I posit that the food completes the picture. Whether you keep it simple in the bar with a glass of wine and creamy, lemony smoked sturgeon rillettes on toast ($9), or you splurge for a bottle and a dinner of silky foie gras terrine ($22), or succulent grilled Maine sea scallops ($29), there's no question you'll feel indulgent.
301 Mission, SF. (415) 543-7474, www.michaelmina.net/rn74