A French brasserie serving consistently well-rendered classics for more than three decades, Le Central is a staple spot for dining out in San Francisco of the business people who work nearby. Generally crowded and noisy, the zinc bar makes for good people-watching. At lunchtime, the city’s power brokers and Parisian expats come for their fix of roast chicken, onion soup, steak au poivre, and cassoulet with white beans and sausage. Pop in on a Friday and you’ll likely bump into local haberdasher Wilkes Bashford and former mayor Willie Brown. The well-pressed pair (along, formerly, with late chum Herb Caen) have lunched here every week since 1974.