I first dug Slightly Oliver when I tried their punch, but had yet to make it back to sample their menu of hearty, homey, gastropub-inflected food. After trying the grilled cheese and tomato bisque ($14), I'm thinking I may have to make another trip. The grilled cheese itself is a study in buttery sandwich decadence: sharp, pungent cheddar is melted between thick slices of rich brioche that flakes apart with every bite. An added bonus is the sizable bowl of tomato bisque—it's got a good, creamy, smoky flavor on its own, but (of course), is even better when used as a dip for the sandwich.
About the author: Lauren Sloss is a bicoastal food-lover who is based in San Francisco. Some of her favorite things include The Black Keys, goat gouda, and guacamole. You can follow her on Twitter @laurensloss.