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Located in the South-East section of the city, bordering  Noe Valley, Glen Park and the Mission District, Bernal Heights has that small town friendly feel many big-city dwellers crave.

Cortland is anchored by two neighborhood serving institutions, the Bernal branch library, a very active Neighborhood Center. The Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center opened its doors in 1979, and today it’s still involved in senior services, teen activities, building affordable housing, as well as hosting many meetings for all  kinds of community groups.  They have also followed many clients to the more affordable Excelsior district.

Bernal Heights is home to two of the most famous Ice Cream Parlors in San Francisco
Maggie Mudd Ice Cream
903 cortland avenue,
415 641 5291 The owner also is webmaster for


Mitchel's Ice Cream
 688 San Jose Avenue (415) 648-2300
Go ahead the walk will help relieve the guilt from indulgence. When you on your deathbed and your asked what do you regret not doing more, it would be OK to say Not having more ice cream!


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Las Brisas de Acapulco Latin American 3137 Mission St./(at Precita) (415) 826-1496 Cash only $ HGS nibble the crispiest bits off the golden whole fried snapper, peel the shells off smoky grilled shrimp, or scoop up plantains and black beans ribboned with crema(S.R.) !!  Go dancing across the street at Roccapulco's afterwards

3200 Block of Mission Rocks

The Blue Plate American/California Cuisine
3218 Mission (at 29th St), 282-6777
WG Review Loud !!C reflects that coy, quirky hipster charm that looks smug on a higher budget...
Solid, inventive Cal cuisine meets cuter-than-cute decor and staff Winner 2003  
star the most magnificently secluded little backyard garden, filled with flowering canopy trees and loads of green.

Mi Lindo Perú Peruvian 3226 Mission (at Valencia), (415) 642-4897. Sun.-Thurs., noon-9 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., noon-10 p.m. MasterCard, Visa. Low noise.  B starstarstarstarhalf-star   portions are HUGE ...Tallarin saltado de pollo is great here... Family friendly and neighborly, it's a favorite... Deciding the line at Emmy's was too long went for awesome seafood spaghetti here

Dusit Thai Thai 3221 Mission St.(between Valencia and 29th St.) (415) 826-4639 Lunch: Mon., Wed.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Wed.-Mon., 5-10 p.m. MasterCard, Visa. Noise: moderate. Wheelchair accessible.  B Jan 2000 PR   peanut sauce is completely original and home made owner is awesome friendly and cute.

Jasmine Tea House Chinese 3253 Mission St. (@29th) (415)826-6288 deliveryChinese cooking that is bright and crisp, but avoid the deep fried. Ex-Prez Bill Clinton's favorite Chinese take-out when he's in town. G $Great food, great prices, the seasonal items are great

Pad Thai Restaurant 3259 Mission Street [btwn Virginia & Fair] 285-4210 Tom kar gai (mushroom coconut milk soup)  soup is one of the best ...The chicken Panang Curry and the Snapper Curry are just incredible... Rivaled only by its other location for #1 Thai in the city....Thom Kar Gai (mushroom coconut milk soup).. that stuff is so good I'll buy and extra order of it to go when I eat here so I can enjoy it the next day for lunch. The chicken Panang Curry and the Snapper Curry are just incredible.

Al's Cafe Good Food 3286 1/2 Mission (near 29th Street), (415) 641-8445. Takeout available. Daily, 7 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Credit cards not accepted. Wheelchair accessible. BMar-98 DL  One of the Mission's oldest restaurants with fun decor yet oftens disappoints for both service & food.

Goood Frikin' Chicken Middle Eastern 10 29th St.(Mission St.) 415-970-2428 2006 Top Award for Cheap Eats  Middle Eastern spices marinate the bird, which comes either rotisserie or "open flame." Both are astonishingly tender and juicy (rotisserie's slightly lemonier, flame's a bit spicier).

3300 Block of Mission Rocks

Emmy's Spaghetti Shack Italian 18 Virginia Ave. (Mission St.) 415-206-2086  Emmys by "About as good a plate of spaghetti and meatballs as I've ever had. Quite a sauce they have. Pretty sure that was marinara, not meat sauce.

Playa Azul 3318 Mission Street (nr 29th St) (415) 282-4554 Dive right into the festive atmosphere at playa azul ...Playa Azul have a full bar, clamato, and Long Island Ice Tea (2 sizes) on their menu, but they also have a magnitude of fresh and briny mariscos. Tostadas de ceviche ($3.50)'ve got to come for the enormous, fantastic seafood cocktails. . . shrimp, oysters, scallops, octopus

Yo's Sushi Club Japanese
3369 Mission Street (415) 824-1215
You can't go wrong with the Sake Sashimi, Takko Sashimi (if you like octopus), Yo's Special, and the Uni is always fresh and tasty...Must Order Yo's Special Roll and TORO !

3400 Block of Mission Rocks

Angkor Borei Cambodian 3471 Mission St.(at Cortland) (415) 550-8417 B Nicely presented smallish portions of real good food, friendly service, and excellent atmosphereC serving some of the finest Cambodian food in town. 

Zante (pizza and Indian cuisine) 3489 Mission @ Cortland)  (415)821-3949 delivery Indian food, pizza, and Indian pizza an only in SF phenom GZ  $ curry, tandoori chicken, lamb and cheese in a single bite However, Indian pizza breath is not cute.

Spicy Bite Indian/Pakistani 3501 Mission Street (at Cortland) (415) 647-4036delivery The service, both dining in and delivery is excellent. ...consistency, fast delivery and non-mushy vegetables

Caffe Cozzolino 300 Precita (at Folsom), S.F. (415) 285-6005 (or 285-6006). Takeout available. Lunch: Mon.-Fri., 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; Check out the fotos of U2's Bono on the wall hanging out with the owner & artist Rene Castro Wheelchair accessible. BJune-98 DL
Taqueria Can-Cun 3211 Mission St.(Valencia St.)
less gritty and brighter than the more famous Mission & 19th sister
2006 Award for Cheap Eats  what people think about when they think of Mission Street burritos: tiled floors, jars of fruity agua fresca, an assembly line of rice, beans and other fillings stuffed into a tortilla to produce a mighty missile as big as your bicep. They're hearty, they're quick, they're reliable and they're cheap.
El Taco Loco Taqueria 3306 Mission
(near 29th St.]
 website 415/695-0621
great late night place to eat, that won't break your wallet... Absolutely the best carnitas in town. good sopes and tacos, and an excellent selection of mexican beer and sodas.

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Liberty Cafe American 410 Cortland Ave. (between Bennington and Andover) (415) 695-8777G!!! Review N Review SCW A new cottage in back creates a patio area for brunch and means the wait for a dinner table -- no reservations taken here -- can be spent pleasantly with wine and an appetizer.

Valentina Ristorante Italian 419 Cortland Avenue (415) 285-6000 Love this tried and true standby for Italian--unpretentious, quaint-in-a-romantic-way, and cozy establishment that nails each dish everytime we go.. Favorites include gnocchi--gorganzola and marinara sauces-hmmm...carprese, lush salads. Jen L.

Hunan Chef Chinese 519 Cortland Avenue (at Andover)(415) 648-3636 delivery
Large dining room usually empty but the standard Chinese fare is reliably prepared and delivered fast to your door.

Moonlight Cafe
634 Cortland Avenue (415) 647-6448 Expanded and tripled seating in 2006.
Breakfast & lunch only
delicious lavendar  lemonade and their med platter is killer ...wide variety on the menu, prices are very reasonable, and the staff is friendly

Tacos Los Altos 
(Mexican) 737 Cortland
cross street: Ellsworth/Anderson
ph. 415/821-0701
Friendly service, every table has a view, interesting Mexican art, typical Mexican fresh hearty food

Moki's Sushi and Pacific Grill Japanese 830 Cortland Ave. (nr Ellsworth) (415) 970-9336G!!½ Review Moved up the street to all new atmosphere in May2006 best vegetarian sushi EVER...order the ecstasy roll.  the kimmie roll.  the miso soup with mushrooms.

Vinorosso "Enoteca Italiana" wine shop, wine bar, Italian eatery 629 Cortland Ave (415) 647-1268  Owners Vega & Giuseppe last lived in Rome pastas, cheese plates and desserts are equally amazing

Chez Maman  French 803 Cortland Ave.(Ellsworth St.)
"It's not cheap, but it is a good buy".... Everyone loves the burgers with the best cheese selection & pomme frites to rival Paris.

Pizza Express 919 Cortland ave [ near Folsom] (415) 282-2333 delivery "This is the BEST Pizza in SF!!!!  It is a thick sourdough crust with lots of sauce and fresh toppings. It is about $18 for a 2 topping large so it is pretty reasonable, and it will fill you up.  You could eat there but it really is more of a delivery or to go place."Enzo S.

Little Nepal(Nepalese) 925 Cortland (@ Folsom (415) 643-3881 Indian influenced Himylayan cuisine. Curries, tandoori W $$Z The service is excellent and the decor and sitar music is very soothing and takes me back.

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The Old Clam House Seafood 299 Bayshore Blvd. (at Oakdale) (415) 826-4880 G!! Steamed clams, crisp calamari are tops at this old San Francisco restaurant. Entrees can miss. Good drinks, fun atmosphere Oldest restaurant in the city

Taqueria El Balazo 2560 Marin Street (415) 282-7130  View Larger Map/Directions » hidden behind a car wash near the on ramp to Hwy 101 on Cesar Chavez and Bay Shore Blv "Where else can you wash your car and suck down a fat fish taco on a hot San Francisco day?

Taqueria El Potrillo  300 Bayshore [ at Oakdale ]
ph. 415/642-1612
 Bayshore burritoeatery boasts spacious outdoor dining patio and a beverage size option so far beyond extra large, it ought to be called “swimmin’ hole.” There's also a gumball machine on hand. Breakfast available.


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