Even in a town with hundreds of sushi bars, Sushi Groove (1916 Hyde St., 415/440-1905, www.sushigroove.com , Sun.–Thurs. 5:30–10 p.m., Fri.–Sat. 5:30–10:30 p.m., $15–23) stands out. With an immense sushi bar, friendly chefs, and innovative sushi that blends traditional Japanese fish with unusual California touches, the Groove finds favorites with locals and visitors alike. For a special treat, order one of the chef’s choice specials.