I had never been to the Independent until last week and had a great time. The venue is much smaller than it looks from the outside, but this creates an intimate atmosphere that really enhances the shows.
The food at Yank Sign was ok, but the prices were absurdly high. Without ordering that much food, our tab ended up at $35/person. That is way way too high for dim sum.
Eric's Restaurant is a little pricey but the food is excellent. I particularly like the walnut prawns and the sesame beef, but I have not had anything that I did not like. Nothing is greasy and everything seems fresh.
I tried Barberella a few weeks ago and really liked the stylists. Both were very sweet and friendly. I booked my appointment at the last minute and they were able to squeeze me with almost no wait.
I was very disappointing when I tried Mozzarella Di Bufala while waiting for a movie at the Empire theater. There was not enough cheese and the sauce was ok, but nothing special.
I had brunch at Breakfast at Tiffany's the other day and was excited to try it. Although the food was pretty good, the service was slower than desired.
Q is a standout on Clement Street. When living in the neighborhood, I definitely enjoyed being able to go into Q and get some delicious mac & cheese.
Monk's Kettle is a good bar in the Mission. They have a lot of beers to choose from and the food is also pretty good for pub fare. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed, especially on off nights.
Although Canton is not the best dim sum I have had in San Francisco, it is definitely a strong option for lunch in SOMA. The dumplings are good and it is reasonably priced, particularly when compared to competitors in the neighborhood
Liberty Cafe is a great little restaurant on Cortland. I have been there for both brunch and dinner and have always enjoyed my meals.
There is a small cottage in the back with a great bakery that serves as a wine bar on some evenings. Sit out in the patio, eat some good food and drink some wine.