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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    Causwells - Everyone wants the perfect little neighborhood spot, and some neighborhood joints are so good that we’ll leave our own neighborhood to go to someone else’s. And in the case Causwells, a place that’s over the hill and in the Lululemon...

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Pink Zebra - Some folks color outside the lines, and naming your restaurant something like Pink Zebra is your first clue things will be tweaked here. Like chef Jesse Koide’s previous kitchen HQ (Mission Chinese Food), Pink Zebra is a Mission restaurant within...

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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...