10 Places to Eat at Now

I'm hangry!
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    54 Mint - Ahhh, the elusive “authentic” and excellent Italian restaurant—yes, one that’s run by Italians. It’s a rare bird here, although you can find a few, and it’s an experience I am always seeking. Don’t get me wrong, I do adore all...

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    Dirty Habit - I’m the first to admit it (and I was pretty clear from the beginning) that I hated the name of Dirty Habit, the new incarnation of the former Fifth Floor space at the Hotel Palomar. And you know what? I...

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    Kin Khao - In the latest chapter of “build it and they will come” is Kin Khao, the very personal Thai restaurant from Pim Techamuanvivit, known in international culinary circles for her blog, Chez Pim, her award-winning jams, and as the globe-trotting girlfriend...

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    Los Shucos - You know when you get a craving for something kind of dirty, and it’s all you can think about? (Note: I’m talking about food here, people.) Well, there’s this spot in the Mission, and, well, truth be told, they specialize...

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    Merigan Sub Shop - Sandwiches. I live for them. And when they’re bonkers good, if I get one in my mind, I will literally drive or ride my bike across town to get it. The sandwiches at Merigan Sub Shop are like that—they haunt...

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    Ramen Shop - I find myself thinking a lot about the fried rice ($11) at Ramen Shop in Rockridge. There’s fried rice, and then there’s this one. One night, the bowl of dark, dusky, just-crisp-enough rice came packed with plump oysters, squid, and...

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    Souvla - I’m always on the hunt for a good salad, and one of the last places I expected to find one is at a souvlaki place. Well, Souvla in Hayes Valley is not your average souvlaki joint (as rare as they...

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    Tosca Cafe - Isn’t it nice when things turn out right, nay, better than you hoped? The takeover and saving of Tosca Cafe by Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield (known best for New York’s The Spotted Pig) has turned into a rather happy...

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    Trou Normand - Walking into Trou Normand—hopefully in the early evening so you can capture the soft light streaming through the enormous windows—you feel that slight shift in your brain, and soon your demeanor, as when you’re in a place of beauty and...

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    Verbena - When word spread that the team from Berkeley’s Gather was opening a restaurant in Russian Hill, I wondered what exactly they had in mind for us city folk. They did a bang-up job transforming the former Rex Café/Marbella into an...