10 Places to Eat at Now

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    Californios - You know what? Sometimes first impressions are really wrong. And a lot can happen in six months, as the now fantastic experience at Californios can mightily attest. I was invited to visit the restaurant during its soft opening around the...

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    El Buen Comer - The family business, there’s nothing that feels like it. And El Buen Comer is definitely a family affair, with chef Isabel Caudillo cooking and her husband expediting, and their sons and daughters-in-law working alongside them. Caudillo is a La Cocina...

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    In Situ - In our current food-world dynamic of always chasing what’s new (“Oooh, yeah, I had that dish, ‘grammed it, what’s next?!”), with diners traveling the world to check off a Michelin-rated or World’s 50 Best Restaurant chef’s signature dish, a restaurant...

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    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...

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    Montesacro - Anyone who has traveled to Italy, lived there, dated an Italian…any of it or all of it, Italy gets under your skin. The fresh ingredients, the old buildings, the natural beauty everywhere, the lightly chilled and acidic red wines, the...

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    The Morris - There are some moments that really make me happy as a restaurant columnist, and seeing someone open their lifelong dream place is pretty high on the list. As a somm, Paul Einbund has poured me countless glasses of wine at...

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    Petit Crenn - Walking into Dominique Crenn of Atelier Crenn’s new casual restaurant in Hayes Valley, Petit Crenn, is like a breath of fresh seaside air. The clean lines and chic white palette (which includes glossy artwork by Lucky Rapp, curvy modern chairs,...

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    Pinoy Heritage (Pop-Up) - There’s a quality ongoing pop-up I wanted to be sure you have on your radar: Pinoy Heritage, from chef Francis Ang and his wife, Dian. You may recognize Francis as the former executive pastry chef from Fifth Floor, and who...