Fresh Meat

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

Downtown

  • Hakkasan - Oh, San Francisco, our beloved city that is ever-troubled with how to handle luxury. On one hand, we scoff at it, call it a chew toy for the moneyed techies, dismiss it as vapid as we twirl ribbons around our...

Hayes Valley

  • 20th Century Cafe - As someone who loves dressing in vintage clothes, sitting on vintage furnishings, and eating off of vintage plates, the time capsule that is 20th Century Cafe speaks to me on many levels. Chef-owner Michelle Polzine gained many fans while making...

North Beach

  • 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...

Oakland

  • A16 Rockridge - As A16 approaches its 10th birthday in San Francisco (on February 14th), I think about the numerous meals (and stellar Southern Italian wines!) I’ve had there over the years. But one thing I’ve never been able to enjoy there is...
  • 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...
  • Juhu Beach Club - One of the best things I have ever eaten in my life is the vada pav I had on my trip to Mumbai a few years ago. It’s a vegetarian slider of sorts, with a crisp-and-creamy-and-crazy-seasoned potato patty tucked into...

Russian Hill

  • 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...

SoMa

  • 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...
  • 1601 Bar & Kitchen - There are some restaurants that make me want to be really sure everyone has tried it. I’m glad I have this column o’ mine, because I can tell you how much I am enjoying the food and vision at 1601...

Union Square

  • Hakkasan - Oh, San Francisco, our beloved city that is ever-troubled with how to handle luxury. On one hand, we scoff at it, call it a chew toy for the moneyed techies, dismiss it as vapid as we twirl ribbons around our...