The Weekend Guide

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Per Diem in FiDi
The massive space recalls Gold Rush-era SF, with dark wood, a marble bar, and a giant glass-encased chandelier; enjoy monetary cocktails (from the old or new money list) in one of two bars.
Why: Chef Adam Hinojosa’s (Cafe des Amis) Cal-Italian bites like cioppino, pizzettas, or papparadelle with roasted potatoes and pistachio pesto (pictured) from lunch to late-night.
When: Opens tomorrow. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 43 Sutter St., b/t Montgomery & Sansome Sts.

American Eatery
The Prather Ranch folks take their meat one step further by combining their deli counter with a takeout restaurant, where chef Erica Holland-Toll (Ducca) doles out the ranch’s burgers, meat-centric sandwiches (smoky pulled beef, smoked ham and cheese), soups, and salads.
Why: We found the beef.
When: Opens tomorrow. Mon.-Sat., 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 1 Ferry Building, ste. 33 (415-391-0420).

Anything but Stockings
Skip the sock and fill something they’ll actually use, like a handsome tool bag for your dandy handyman or a modular planter for your green-thumbing mom.
Why: Five presents hidden inside another earn you the No. 1 gift-giving spot.
When: Before Christmas Eve (quickly) rolls around.
Where: Online at dailycandy.com.

San Francisco Film Society Poster Sale
Grab memorabilia from your favorite international flicks at the rare poster sale.
Why: Plaster the boys from Y Tu Mamá También on your wall.
When: Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Film Centre, 39 Mesa St., b/t Lincoln Blvd. & Moraga Ave. (415-561-5000).

Chronicle Books Warehouse Sale
Stuff your stockings with fabulous reads (from cookbooks to pop culture) at 80 percent off.
Why: Flash your sales receipt at Ironside or The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen for 10 percent off celebratory grub.
When: Today & Fri., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: 680 2nd St., b/t Townsend & Brannan Sts. (415-537-4200).

Storefront Holiday Ecoshop
Hit up the last hurrah of a pop-up from DNA, where the theme is green and the wine is free.
Why: Eco fashions from Amour Vert, jewels from Sophie Monet, and custom screen-printed T-shirts.
When: Sat., noon-6 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m.
Where: Free Gold Watch Studio, 1767 Waller St., at Stanyan St. (415-876-4444).

Pat the Foodie
Local creatives at The Imagineering Company jest at the expense of foodies in the parody ($17) of the popular children’s book Pat the Bunny.
Why: With illustrations by Melissa Hutton and ample bacon references, it’s an ideal gift for food-minded friends.
When: Now.
Where: Online at imagineeringstore.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Per Diem

San Francisco Film Centre
39 Mesa St
bt Lincoln Blvd & Moraga Ave
San Francisco, CA 94129
Free Gold Watch Studio
1767 Waller St
@ Stanyan St
San Francisco, CA 94117
Per Diem
43 Sutter St
bt Montgomery & Sansome Sts
San Francisco, CA 94104
American Eatery
1 Ferry Building
ste 33
San Francisco, CA 94111
680 2nd St
bt Brannan & Townsend Sts
San Francisco, CA 94107