Il Cane Rosso
This Ferry Building stalwart purveys its triple-S specialties—soups, salads and sandwiches—to a crowd of financial district salarymen (and women) and hungry tourists. The menu skews Italian with California-fresh local ingredients. The big breakfast sandwich of olive-oil-fried egg, pancetta, provolone, and sweet onion butter may render lunch superfluous. A daily three-course dinner features entrées like 12-hour-braised beef brisket with polenta and oven-roasted tomatoes. Il Cane Rosso’s raw lumber, cement floor, and industrial lighting combine to channel a smart, wharf-chic vibe—very appropriate for a fast meal on the Embarcadero.