The wine offerings (about a dozen, $6-$7 glass, $24-$30 bottle) are mostly organic, Biodynamic, or certified sustainable. The daily-changing beer list is chalked on a board above the counter. The group vacating our table urged us to try the Pliny beer ($8), but the counter guy told us they'd drunk it all up, so we tried a Hennepin ($6) instead, served in a Mason jar, and liked it so much we ordered another.

Three desserts were on the chalkboard, too. Lightly poached fresh pears came in a rich caramel sauce served with ice cream ($7). Even better was an unusual red velvet cupcake made with fresh beets, with buttery cream cheese frosting ($6). And a huge portion of chocolatey mocha cake, very light under its sugar-sprinkled crust, came with just-whipped cream and a few bright red raspberries ($7).

Taking it way beyond soup: owners  David Muller and Lana Porcello.
Jen Siska
Taking it way beyond soup: owners David Muller and Lana Porcello.

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Outerlands

4001 Judah
San Francisco, CA 94122

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Sunset (Outer)

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661-6140, www.outerlandssf.blogspot.com. Lunch 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tue.-Sat., dinner 6-9 p.m. Tue.-Sat, brunch 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Sun. Reservations not accepted. Wheelchair accessible. Parking: street, fairly easy. Muni: 18, N. Noise level: low to moderate.
4001 Judah (at 45th Ave.)

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We'd had a feast, sampling much of the menu, and still came in at about $45 a person, including tax, tip, two glasses of 2007 La Cabotte Côtes du Rhone, and two beers. But you can eat well for much less: the couple sharing our table had two salads, the mac 'n' cheese, and the tortilla soup, and departed well-fed. One of the pair, a surfer, told us he lived nearby, on the Great Highway. We envied his proximity to Outerlands.

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