SF’s Best New Restaurants: March 2016
Make-your-own poke or chef’s choice tasting menu?
This month, a handful of restaurant openings has us talking. A few hints: A beloved burger pop-up gets a permanent home and the current poke trend finally gets real. Here’s what else you need to know. Now, start planning those dinners out.
WESBURGER ’N’ MORE
Until now, you’ve had to catch the much-talked-about WesBurger at weekly Mojo Bicycle Cafe pop-ups. But this week you can visit the brand-new brick-and-mortar in the Mission, where you’ll get much more than Wes’s famous all-American cheeseburger. We suggest the fried-chicken burrito and daily-rotating tater tots deluxe. In fact, you might want to go with friends who won’t mind sharing all of the above.
The 12-course omakase menu here means that chef Geoffrey Lee does the decision-making for you. The Akiko-trained sushi master will serve up a dozennigiri selections (ju-ni means 12 in Japanese), plus some other surprises based on what looks good that day. Did we mention the sake pours from a Gary Danko master sommelier?
1335 Fulton St.; 415-655-9924 or junisf.com
It was only a matter of time before the current poke trend hit SF. At Poki Time, you’ll sidle up to the counter and customize a bowl, just like you would at a salad bar. Choose your base (kale, salad greens or rice) and your scoop (raw tuna, albacore, salmon or yellowtail) and then add on all sorts of toppings--from seaweed salad to avocado to mango to Spam. Yes, even Spam.
549 Irving St.; 415-702-6333
BRASSERIE SAINT JAMES
Once a beer temple, always a beer temple. The new brasserie in the old Abbot’s Cellar space on Valencia is pouring a dozen or so in-house brews to help you wash down upscale pub fare like lamb tartare, “canoes” of bone marrow and blood-sausage cassoulet.
742 Valencia St.; 415-655-9868 or brasseriesaintjames.com
Food-allergy-friendly fare gets a sexy spin at this new Presidio Heights café. Here, everything on the menu is either dairy-, gluten-, nut- or soy-free so that there’s literally something for everyone. May we recommend a cup of bone broth and an open-faced avocado sandwich with chives and radishes on gluten-free bread?
3613 Sacramento St.; 415-914-0689 or eatasquoted.com