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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    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...

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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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    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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    Postcards from La Costiera - The rotating playlist of hits keep coming out of the Mina Test Kitchen, with the latest incarnation, Postcards from La Costiera, paying homage to a culinary research trip chef Adam Sobel took all over Italy with Michael Mina last year....

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    R.T.B. - There are many pop-ups that circulate through our city on nights when restaurants are closed, and one unexpected location is Dabba in the Financial District, a fast-casual daytime place which plays host to the pop-up R.T.B., serving 30-35 guests from...

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    Tawla - Anyone who has a well-thumbed and stained copy of Plenty and Plenty More and Jerusalem, who knows their musaka from their maqluba and mujadara, will really enjoy poring over the extensive menu at Tawla, an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in the...