A Guide To The Mission’s Hottest Hub

Photographed by Ashley Batz.
You didn’t think Valencia Street was the only cool turf in the Mission, did you? While there are more offerings than you can shake a stick at in the condensed stretch from 15th to 24th, we have our eyes on a crazy burgeoning part of the ‘hood — so take notes.
It actually pains us a teensy bit to reveal our frequented hangouts here (after all, this editor does call it home). But, there really is too much goodness going on — and we love you that much. We can hardly keep mum: 20th Street (particularly from Folsom to Potrero, and a few others peppered around) is a medley of divey pubs and chic new eateries. We’re spilling the scoop on our top contenders. From S.F.'s famed Flour + Water to newer destinations, like Trick Dog and Green Heart Foods, here’s why we never want to leave this enclave. Time for a field trip!
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Green Heart Foods
We first spotted Green Heart Foods’ adorable, rainbow-and-heart embellished exterior on a walk in the 'hood and were immediately intrigued. Of course, the menu drew us in. The cute little corporate catering service and café whips up an ever-changing array of some of the yummiest salads we’ve ever had. We’re still dreaming of its kale and fennel mix. The staff is beyond friendly and just gets it — plus, they have a blue plate special every day, which often features a heartier dish. You’ll also find an offering of tempting cookies and sips by Project Juice. It’s really easy to understand why this is quickly becoming our favorite lunch spot.
Green Heart Foods, 3321 20th Street (between Folsom and Shotwell streets); 415-800-8910.
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Heath Ceramics
We get a little starry-eyed every time we visit Heath Ceramics. While it is admittedly two blocks astray from 20th Street, the stunning, palatial space hosts some of the prettiest home wares around. Beautifully glazed vases and mugs (all made in the upstairs studio) share shelf space with jewelry, cookbooks, and designer furniture — many by local artisans and makers. Then there's the mock kitchen (or actual kitchen of our dreams), which just so happens to be available for events. This shop's worth a stop whether you're a hardcore design aficionado or just want to peer at something pretty. Plus, a latte in the attached Blue Bottle Café is a must.
Heath Ceramics, 2900 18th Street (at Alabama Street); 415-361-5552.
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Sightglass Coffee
We could spend every afternoon soaking in the light over a cuppa Joe at the spankin'-new Sightglass location. Having just cut its ribbon a few weeks ago, it's already becoming one of the area's hottest places to cozy up. Equally as beautiful as its SoMa sister location, the rugged-meets-contemporary interior is filled with cool light fixtures, a gaggle of plants, comfy booths and tables, gorgeous tile, and, of course, plenty of beans to go around. We're buzzing over it — literally.
Sightglass Coffee, 3014 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-641-1043.
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Central Kitchen
Inspired by Northern California’s bounty, rustic eatery Central Kitchen (by chef Thomas Naughton of Flour + Water) is a charming, fresh option on 20th Street. During the day, the courtyard and inside dining area provide seating for neighbor Salumeria. But, at night, it transforms into a romantic, urban hideaway with stringed lights and the tastiest California cuisine. You don’t want to miss the darn-good brunch, either.
Central Kitchen, 3000 20th Street (between Alabama and Florida streets); 415-826-7004.
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In-Symmetry
Head straight to this quaint spa, located right around the corner from 20th Street (on Florida), whenever you're feeling a little out of whack. Offering deep-tissue massages and organic skin-care products, In-Symmetry focuses on alignment on a serious level. It's great way to get that spine in check, but don't sleep on all the skin-renewing services — the friendly price point allows for all kinds of indulging.
In-Symmetry, 650D Florida Street (between 18th and 19th streets); 415-875-9020.
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Jay'n Bee Club
No, we aren't referring to the Carter-Knowles clan. Jay'n Bee Club is a local spot that has everything we love in a dive bar — a stale-beer scent, dark interior, pool, and cheap drinks. After you order your booze, head out back to the patio to kick it and throw back some cold ones over a big pizza pie. For a no-frills night out on 20th Street, Jay'n Bee is beckoning.
Jay'n Bee Club, 2736 20th Street (at York Street); 415-824-4190.
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Local Mission Market
Yaron Milgrom and Jake Des Voignes are slowly taking over the neighborhood with their mini-chain of inventive eateries and stores. When Local Mission Market moved in (the duo's third project), it vowed to shift the way we shop for groceries with hyper-local offerings and made-in-house pastas, teas, granola, and more. The Instagram-worthy interior presents a natural, stylized selection of Northern California goodies, and the friendly staff is always on hand to help. Of course, no meal is complete without a glass bottle of vino. Stroll over to 22nd Street to grab some sips at Local Cellar, the duo's latest endeavor. Cheers!
Local Mission Market, 2670 Harrison Street (between 22nd and 23rd streets); 415-795-3355.
Local Cellar, 2801 22nd Street (at Florida Street); 415-795-4022.
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Local's Corner
Another leg of the 'Local Mission' group, Local's Corner is a crudo-style restaurant with a pint-sized, Euro-vibe interior, and oysters that will blow your mind. Actually, if seafood is your bag, everything here will stimulate those taste buds. Local's Corner is the place to sip on some fine swills while chowing down on the Pacific's finest catches. Plus, stop in Tuesday through Saturday (4 to 6 p.m.) and score two oysters for the price of one. Double whammy!
Local's Corner, 2500 Bryant Street (at Florida Street); 415-800-7945.
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Marla Bakery
Three words: bacon brittle donut. This charming little window is off the beaten 20th-Street path but it's an adorably sweet escape serving up delicious AM treats. With an ivy awning and a smiley staff, the bakery offers bagels, danishes, croissants, Wrecking Ball coffee, and vegan iterations from Wholesome Bakery. Brought to us by Amy Brown of Nopa and Joe Wolf of Wise Sons Delicatessen, this spot's quickly becoming a neighborhood staple.
Marla Bakery, 613 York Street (between 18th and 19th streets); 415-824-2253.
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Moxie Yoga & Fitness
With so many plentiful food and drink offerings peppered around, you might want to set aside some fitness time. The sleek studio boasts an intermixed approach to yoga, with owner Mark Rausa integrating Pilates, resistance, isometric strengthening, and Ashtanga Vinyasa moves all rolled into one. Moxie is a full-body experience for those looking to feel like they really worked out. (You've been warned.) You'll also find a crazy-cool selection of Aesop skin-care, yoga gear, and more in the lobby. Om-azing.
Moxie Yoga & Fitness, 3315 20th Street (between Folsom and Shotwell streets); 415-529-1546.
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Rhea's Cafe
After gaining a cult-like following at its Valencia Street location, Rhea's Cafe swung open its doors on 20th and Bryant almost a year ago. The creative sandwiches are rich and hearty (for $12 a pop, they better be) and its interior is modern and minimal; a nice juxtaposition if you ask us. If you're looking to slip into a mid-day food coma, belly up at Rhea's Cafe for a helping some serious soul food. The Katsu chicken sandwich is the stuff of dreams, and don't even get us started on the slaw. Okay, who's hungry?
Rhea's Cafe, 2200 Bryant Street (at 20th Street); 415-875-9481.
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Schmidt's
One of our favorite grub hubs in the area, Schmidt's hits all the right notes: It's never excruciatingly busy, the serving sizes are legit, and the interior is sparse, but hip and inviting. Oh, and the chow is off the hook. The German-influenced restaurant serves up authentic, tasty sausages and rare beers to wash then down with. The traditional schnitzel is a brunch must.
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street); 415-401-0200.
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Atlas Cafe
While Atlas Café may not be as shiny and new as it’s across-the-street coffee-wielding neighbor, Sightglass, there is something special about the 20th-Street staple. It’s kind of like the Cheers of the ‘hood (except they don’t know your name). But, it's a laid-back, no-fuss spot and it’s been the game for decades — since 1996 to be exact. The hearty menu of pizzas, breakfast sandwiches, and Stumptown java pleases nearly any crowd. The mini patio is perfect for dining al fresco and, if you swing though on a Friday evening, you might just catch some live entertainment.
Atlas Cafe, 3049 20th Street (at Florida Street); 415-648-1047.
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Salumeria
Filled to the brim with artisanal cheeses, wines, pasta, and dry goods, Salumeria is like taking a stroll into a charming market abroad. Another venue from the Flour + Water team, it offers a shopable bounty and a rotating menu of fresh sandwiches, salads, and wine to match. We can't think of a better reason to take a leisurely lunch.
Salumeria, 3000 20th Street (at Florida Street); 415-471-2998.
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Southern Exposure
An influential fixture in the S.F. art scene, Southern Exposure has holed up in the area for ages, and could be considered one of the first businesses to call this turf home. With its initiatives to support local artists and art education, Southern Exposure continues to nurture local talent through shows and events. Head to the site to see a list of upcoming happenings, or walk on over to spy a well-curated art collection.
Southern Exposure, 3030 20th Street (at Florida Street); 415-863-2141.
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Shotwell's
This beer-and-wine-only bar is lauded for its competitive games of Monday-night trivia. The dimly lit space also houses pinball, pool, and darts to keep you entertained. Plus, the joint is rich with history and dates back to the pre-prohibiton era — it's been around since the 1800s. We'll drink to that!
Shotwell's, 3349 20th Street (at Shotwell Street); 415-648-4104.
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Trick Dog
Easily one of San Francisco's most impressive cocktail haunts, the James Beard-nominated Trick Dog is an urban medley of tasty bar bites (we can never say no to the manimal-style fries) and signature, meticulously constructed sips. We're sure you've heard the buzz about the rotating menu themes (from Pantone to records to astrology). And, we couldn't give this place a firmer stamp of approval. It's obvious why it tops every boozy must-hit list.
Trick Dog, 3010 20th Street (between Florida and Alabama streets); 415-471-2999.
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Flour + Water
Flour + Water is most likely responsible for the uptick in venues on 20th Street. Since its inception in 2009, the popular Italian restaurant has had folks lining up around the block to score a table, bringing a slew of foodies and tastemakers to this neck of the woods. The whisper-thin, Neapolitan-style pizzas and housemade pasta dishes will knock you to the moon and back, while you ogle fine art by R29 fave Jessica Niello. With a curated playlist every night, your outing is guaranteed to be jam (and carb) filled.
Flour + Water, 2401 Harrison Street (at 20th Street); 415-826-7000.
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The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen
After the success of its original SoMa location (hmm, we're seeing a trend here), the ooey-gooey eatery opened up directly across from Flour + Water. You'll find the classics just like mom used to make (Fog Horn, FTW) along with new brunch and dinner menu items, too. If you want to take a trip down memory lane via your taste buds, this is the place to start.
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen, 2400 Harrison Street (at 20th Street); 415-926-5076.

Other Notables In The Area:
The Aesthetic Union, 555 Alabama Street (between 18th and Mariposa streets); No Phone.
Universal Cafe, 2814 19th Street (between Florida and Bryant streets); 415-821-4608.
Charles Chocolates, 535 Florida Street (between 18th and Mariposa streets); 415-659-8770.
Heirloom Cafe, 2500 Folsom Street (between 21st and 22nd streets); 415-821-2500.
The Homestead, 2301 Folsom Street (at 19th Street); 415-282-4663.
Asiento, 2730 21st Street (at Bryant Street); 415-829-3375.
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