Pine Cone Diner 60 4th St., (415) 663-1536. Daily 7-3; $$. No website. No reservations. No cards.
This cozy, authentic diner has been here seemingly forever. Tiny and unassuming, it uses mostly organic ingredients and whips up classics like corned beef hash plus a popular roasted garlic chicken. Breakfast is choice, though at lunch the sandwiches are big, the bread is delicious, and fresh cobbler is a dessert option. Seating is at a counter with backless swivel stools, in a bank of booths, or at one of a few tables with chairs.
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