A fresh take on the classic American diner, this busy corner spot seems to always pack in its coveted 40 seats. The draw: one of the city's tastiest versions of mac and cheese (topped with onion rings), fried chicken with red-eye gravy, and an excellent burger sandwiched inside a bun from the next-door neighbor, Pinkie's Bakery. Other "fine diner" dishes—among them seasonal salads and pan-roasted rock cod—further reveal chef-owner Chris Beerman's experience in upscale
restaurants. Brunch brings eggs Benedict, while lunch has more sandwich options (try the fried chicken). The vibe is very SoMa, with an edgy and eclectic crowd that can match the rock-and-roll playing (sometimes loudly) on the stereo or at the club next door, but the well-chosen wine list keeps things elevated. Solo diners can try for a seat at the counter. The restaurant shares restrooms with the rock club next door.