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...

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...

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

  • 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...
  • 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,...