Foodie highlights of Bernal Mission Corridor

Ichi Sushi. Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Ichi Sushi. Photo: John Storey, Special To The Chronicle

Outsiders have a hard time categorizing the San Francisco neighborhood at the foot of Bernal Hill at Mission Street, but most locals are firm that this area — which has also been playfully and controversially called La Lengua (The Tongue) because of its flat, elongated shape — is part of Bernal Heights.

Regardless, the restaurants, bars and cafes along Mission between Cesar Chavez and Cortland, and on a few surrounding side streets, display the quirky character of the Mission District 20 years ago.

But, insists Tim Archuleta, chef/owner of Ichi Sushi, “We don’t want it to become like Valencia.”

Here are its food highlights, from north to south.

— Tara Duggan, tduggan@sfchronicle.com

1. Bel

A newcomer from the owners of Pi Bar, this Belgian-style bar has a long list of Belgian and Belgian-style beers on tap and by the bottle. The simple menu with moules frites and duck confit with duck fat potatoes pairs up well with the Trappist ales, sours and saisons.

3215 Mission St.; (415) 206-1000. belsf.com (read more)

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