The first phase of [~TRACE~] Restaurant in the W San Francisco is now complete (the entire renovation should be finished in October). Architect Stanley Saitowitz has transformed the space (take a look at the slideshow on Grub Street—including the latest incarnation of their light-up bar), and chef Paul Piscopo’s menu is committed to a farm-to-table, seasonal, and sustainable philosophy. Small plates on the dinner menu include Brentwood corn soup with spiced popcorn, cotija cheese, and cilantro cream; large plates include roasted squab with slow cooked yellow wax and romano beans and walnut vinaigrette. There is also lunch, breakfast, and weekend brunch. Look for many handcrafted details in the décor, and even the cocktails, wines, and beers follow a local and organic philosophy. 181 3rd St. at Howard, 415-817-7836.
And for you FiDi workers, SFoodie reports you can get your ramen fix at RAMEN UNDERGROUND, a new joint from Katana-ya vet Ken Matsumura. Open Mon-Thu 11:30am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11:30am-11pm. 355 Kearny St. at Pine, 415-765-9909.
TRACE dining room; photo from Facebook.