10 Places to Eat at Now

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    ABV - After living in the city for 20 years, you can bet I have done my fair share of drinking in my 20s and 30s along 16th Street (especially at Dalva—and now, in my 40s, I’m so happy to graduate to...

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    Brenda's Meat & Three - Fried. Bologna. Sandwich. With pimento cheese. When chef Brenda Buenviaje told me about the menu at the new restaurant (Brenda’s Meat & Three) she would be opening with her partner and wife, Libby Truesdell—along with André and Jennifer Larzul—in the...

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    Californios - You know what? Sometimes first impressions are really wrong. And a lot can happen in six months, as the now fantastic experience at Californios can mightily attest. I was invited to visit the restaurant during its soft opening around the...

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    Chubby Noodle Marina - You ready to chow down and rock out to some ’90s hip-hop? Because that’s what you’re going to be doing at Chubby Noodle Marina. This 49-seat spot is a brick-and-mortar version of the permanent Chubby Noodle pop-up inside Amante in...

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    Cockscomb - With so many places to eat at in this town, would you feel impelled to write a review of a place when the chef has blocked you on Twitter (I honestly don’t know why), and once bellowed in your ear...

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    Great China - When I was researching places to include in my guidebook some years ago, my fab publicist pal Birdie—a longtime Berkeley resident—introduced me to Great China. She was surprised I hadn’t been yet, especially considering what a knockout yet crazy-affordable wine...

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    Huxley - What is a neighborhood restaurant in this shifting city landscape of ours? Huxley straddles two worlds: on one hand, it’s tucked in the Tenderloin, a small space that feels very urban, with friendly, heavily tattooed servers and West Coast hip-hop...

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    Izakaya Rintaro - Fires are always awful, but some are more tragic than others: when Chez Spencer experienced a fire in 2013, that was definitely a big loss for SF—I’m not the only one who adored that lofty industrial-chic space, all the way...

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    Jiro SF - San Francisco is a leading force in our nation’s culinary scene—and some would argue the best—but our Achilles’ heel has been our city’s painful lack of a strong sushi game. Honestly, it’s downright mystifying, considering our love of Japanese cuisine,...

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    La Nebbia - Anyone who has enjoyed the fantastically deep list of Italian wines (crammed onto the legal-sized menu in its minuscule font) over the years at Noe Valley’s La Ciccia will be pleased to run around in Massimiliano Conti and Lorella Degan’s...