Just for You Café. This sassy diner — a sign on a front window warns, "We reserve the right to pour coffee on your cellphone" — attracts locals, students, artists and other creative types in need of its huge beignets (three for $4.75) or other New Orleans and Mexican specialties ($8.50-$9.25). It's way off the tourist track in the Dogpatch neighborhood east of Potrero Hill, but well worth the trek for breakfast or lunch. 732 22nd St.; (415) 647-3033, http://www.justforyoucafe.com. Open 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays.
Workshop Residence. Behind the bright blue facade is a creative think tank, opened in 2012, that pairs visiting artists and designers with local manufacturers to create affordable, appealing textiles, housewares, apparel and other objects. Artists are selected for stays of several weeks to several months and have use of the workshop/gallery and its small staff. An added perk is the upstairs apartment, where artists literally live over the store. The end result of all that creativity is sold in the gallery and online, with profits split with the artist. Last fall, Jim Isermann was artist in residence, fashioning lowly moving blankets into vibrantly hued wall hangings and furniture coverings. 833 22nd St.; (415) 285-2050, http://www.theworkshopresidence.com. Open 10 a.m.-6p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays.
Foreign Cinema. Great food, cool movies. The kitchen turns out elegant California-Mediterranean cuisine and a tall, whitewashed patio wall serves as movie screen. (Titles run in 2012 included "La Vie en Rose" and "The Brother From Another Planet.") Images can be murky, but the food is Technicolor, the ambience singular. Dinner nightly (entrees $20-$29) and weekend brunches. The adjoining Laszlo bar (2526 Mission St.,  401-0801) serves up dim, trendy atmosphere with an indoor balcony where you can pretend you're a Hungarian secret agent. (You can also order from the Foreign Cinema menu.) 2534 Mission St.; (415) 648-7600, http://www.foreigncinema.com.
St. Vincent Tavern & Wine Merchant. This long, lean space opened in May — yet another restaurant in the booming Mission District — and is going gangbusters. St. Vincent is the patron saint of wine and vinegar makers, and the wine list is a key attraction here. Menu is California-centric with global influences (entrees $24-$30). Besides reservations (which fill fast), there are 25 first-come, first-served seats at the stainless steel bar, chef's counter and communal table. Owner is sommelier and author David Lynch, not to be confused with that other David Lynch. 1270 Valencia St.; (415) 285-1200, http://www.stvincentsf.com.
Savanna Jazz. Need a place to unwind? Try this cozy, affordable retro jazz club set amid the taquerias of the Mission District. Live music five nights a week, with covers starting at $5. Thursday night jam sessions draw all levels of musicians, and the house band, led by trumpeter Eddie Ramirez, really kicks, blending traditional jazz and popular standards. Hearty burger and steak menu starts at $10. 2937 Mission St.; (415) 285-3369, http://www.savannajazz.com.
Paxton Gate. Oddities galore crowd this curiosity shop known for taxidermy, occult and other quirky novelties. Stuffed animals, from bats ($65) to bisons ($1,800), hang from the walls. Or browse for books, shells, fossils or plants. 824 Valencia St.; (415) 824-1872, http://www.paxtongate.com.