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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    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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    El Buen Comer - The family business, there’s nothing that feels like it. And El Buen Comer is definitely a family affair, with chef Isabel Caudillo cooking and her husband expediting, and their sons and daughters-in-law working alongside them. Caudillo is a La Cocina...

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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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    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...

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    Montesacro - Anyone who has traveled to Italy, lived there, dated an Italian…any of it or all of it, Italy gets under your skin. The fresh ingredients, the old buildings, the natural beauty everywhere, the lightly chilled and acidic red wines, the...

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    Petit Crenn - Walking into Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn’s new casual restaurant in Hayes Valley, Petit Crenn, is like a breath of fresh seaside air. The clean lines and chic white palette (which includes glossy artwork by Lucky Rapp, curvy modern chairs,...

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    Tawla - Anyone who has a well-thumbed and stained copy of Plenty and Plenty More and Jerusalem, who knows their musaka from their maqluba and mujadara, will really enjoy poring over the extensive menu at Tawla, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in the...