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First Drink and Bite: The Sycamore

The Sycamore, the city's newest beer-and-bar-bites spot, calls itself "Your Favorite New Bar in the Mission." Based on its 15 five-star-perfect Yelp reviews, that statement might just be correct.

I headed to the Sycamore last Sunday for lunch, battling a serious case of the SF summer blues. The light-filled, burgundy-walled space (which formerly housed Cafe Prague and Country Station Sushi) was just the antidote. The menu features a well-rounded wine list, 8 draft and 17 bottled beers (including the spine-tingling La Fin Du Monde) and meaty, Boston-inspired eats. 

A must-try is their already-buzzed-about tender roast beef sandwich, which is enveloped in a pillowy sesame bun with a side of mayo and "sauce" (a more tangy, Bostonian version of barbecue sauce, though not as sweet) to dip it in.

Their mix-and-match sliders pay tribute to the most classic of sandwiches (fried chicken, bacon, beef and lamb burgers). The BLT, made with Niman Ranch bacon, slices of heirloom tomato, butter lettuce and smoked paprika aioli, was somehow both juicy and crispy, and the lamb burger, its insides sprinkled with herbs, cumin and chili powder and topped with caramelized onions and melty manchego cheese, was enough to make me forget the fog.

Open from 11 am to midnight (they're hoping to extend their hours soon), the Sycamore's hosts a happy hour every day from 4-7 pm, during which you can get any draft beer for $1 less than the regular price.

And let's not forget the killer jukebox, full of the Swell Maps, Echo & the Bunnymen, and punk jams, or the back patio with picnic benches, which we'll save for a future sunny day. 

Photo via the Sycamore's Facebook page.