Lucca Restaurant and Bar
Once a regular stop for Arnold Schwarzenegger (the Governor’s Salad was taken off the menu when he left office, but they’ll still make it for you), it’s also a favorite of Mayor Kevin Johnson (he likes table 10, the corner table by the window). We love the feather-light crispy zucchini chips to start; popular mains (the accompaniments change seasonally) include lush short ribs and the chicken saltimbocca. Also, check out their prix fixe Farmers Market Dinners every Sunday featuring local produce and dishes like a Lucky Dog Ranch steak or a Branigan Farms’ turkey sandwich for only $25. While you’re there, scope out the popular red bull painting by the door; it’s by co-owner Terri Gilliland’s son Joe Wiens and copies are for sale.