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5800 Geary Blvd (at 22nd Ave)
Pluses: good-sized portions; lusty flavors
Minuses: it's out on the avenues, far from the central city
Prices: moderate to moderately high
Overview: Open Tuesday - Sunday, dinner only.
This is one of the few really good restaurants in what San Franciscans call the "neighborhoods." It's named for the chickpea cake -- socca -- sold on the streets in southern France. The dining room has an attractive curved bar, pendant lighting and walls covered with striped fabric. At this writing the chef-owner, John Caputo, has left and his partner has hired a replacement. At this writing the menu is pretty much the same with dishes like a classic caesar; or fedelini pasta with fresh crab, the best pork chop in the city, accompanied by shoestring potatoes; a half chicken is grilled and sometimes served with a gratin. The trio of lime, maple, and pumpkin creme brulee is a great way to end a meal.