To counter the "don't eat here" post. I had dinner at Casa Vieja last week. Servers were great, the food was well prepared, we had the Wagner Green Chile Vegetarian Enchiladas and the Hanger Steak. The setting was warm, servers attentive and a really great atmosphere. I would recommend this restaurant without fear.
There's great food all over town, but only a few places that are ceaselessly excellent. Two come to mind immediately:
1. Loyola's for breakfast (Or lunch). The food, the atmosphere, the people, it's consistently a positive place to go. Whenever we have a bad breakfast somewhere else I wonder "Why didn't I go to Loyola's instead?" (The usual answer: It's Monday, they're closed. Hey, why don't you learn to make your own breakfast burrito, bub?")
2. Korean BBQ House + Sushi & Sake. Meat, fish, noodles, beer, sake, hot sauce. kimchi, cauldrons, fire- this place has something for everyone. Whenever we have bad Japanese food somewhere I wonder "Why didn't I go to Korean BBQ House instead?" (The usual answer: "It's Sunday, they're closed. Stop trying to get good Sushi on a Sunday, You can't have that. Go eat some falafel at Sahara or something.")
Loylola's Family Restaurant - 4500 Central SE, corner of Adams & Central, west of San Mateo.
- Good food, reasonable quantity, very friendly wait staff, strong local constituency. Open for breakfast and lunch only.