Fresh Meat

New Restaurant Reviews (I'm looking for somewhere new to eat)

Berkeley

  • 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...

Downtown

  • 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...
  • 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...

Hayes Valley

  • 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...

Marina

  • 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...
  • 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...

Mission

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...

Noe Valley

  • 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...

NOPA/Western Addition

  • 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...

SoMa

  • 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...
  • 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...