November's Most Talked About Restaurants
The pizza, the pasta, the Swedish meatballs
So, this happened while you were busy preparing your Thanksgiving feast: Another batch of drool-worthy restaurants opened their doors. And as upstanding city denizens, it’s your duty to check them out. Here’s where to make reservations now.
Jon Darsky’s famous pizza truck (you know, the one with the mile-long line at Off the Grid) finally gets its own brick-and-mortar spot in the Tendernob. Complement your classic Neapolitan-style Margherita pie with a dish from the expanded menu, such as Fuyu persimmon and radicchio with pistachio, mint and yogurt, or charred cauliflower with pickled lime and poached farm egg.
855 Bush St.; 415-589-7940 or delpopolosf.com
The FiDi business set gets a new lunch and happy-hour spot with Mediterranean bistro Barcha. Turkish, Tunisian and Spanish flavors make up the menu, which includes salads and gourmet schwarmas at lunchtime (think quinoa with grilled tofu, baby spinach and dried tart cherries), and tapas (like lamb meatballs and tartines with fig and goat cheese) after work. The family-style dinner of oven-roasted sea bass and toasted Turkish bulgur is also worth sticking around for.
28 Fremont St.; 415-957-5463 or barcha-sf.com
A visit to this new Marina hot spot, from the folks behind Bix and Fog City, wouldn’t be complete without a round of negronis, garlic bread and an order of Swedish meatballs. While you’re doing the whole comfort-food thing, order up one of the restaurant’s made-in-house pastas--such as rigatoni with smoky oxtail ragout, butter and bread crumbs--and call it a night.
3213 Scott St.; 415-400-8500 or spaghettibrossf.com