Named for a radical 1800s Texas cattle rancher, few restaurants in San Francisco Maverick dish out such heaping portions of Southern-inspired grub as Maverick, utilising a cozy, narrow dining room with cork and pumpkin-hued walls and minimal art. The hospitality is Southern-style friendly too, and the crowd is buzzing with groups of casual neighborhood pals looking for a comfy dinner before hitting the many bars in the surrounding Mission. Seasonal starters might include bacon and potato soup, breaded crab fluffs with tartar sauce, and sugar pie pumpkin fritters. Main courses at Maverick are equally hearty: Beef shortribs come with tater tots, while the perfectly fried chicken has smashed fingerlings and andouille sausage gravy. In three words: finger lickin’ good!