Fresh Meat

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

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...
  • 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...

Mission

  • 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...

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...

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

  • 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...
  • 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...

Tenderloin

  • 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...

Union Square

  • 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...