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Now that July has come to an end (wait, how did that happen so fast?), let’s dish about all the new openings this month. From restaurants serving glorified fast food (think savory duck buns) to eateries offering elegant, experimental global cuisine (oh, hey, Michael Mina), you have plenty of spots to check out.

Kevin McCullough

Mina Test Kitchen

The Cow Hollow space--the latest concept by James Beard Award winner Michael Mina and chef partner Adam Sobel--will showcase cuisines from a variety of cultures. Try the curry-fried cauliflower and chicken-skin hummus with roasted garlic, dried cherries and marjoram, or the flatbread with za’atar-cured salmon with beet, zucchini and salmon roe.

2120 Greenwich St.;


Dirty Water

Buried deep in the back of the Twitter building is this dimly lit gastropub-meets-bourbon-bar. Post up in the lounge for a predinner cocktail before heading back to the meat-centric dining room. Then order bone-broth stew with beef cheek and five-minute egg, or whole-roasted squab with smoked eggplant, cherries and favas.

1355 Market St.; 415-792-5101 or


Spice Jar

Housed in the old Local’s Corner spot in the Mission, this is your new go-to place for Asian flavors in the form of lettuce cups, crispy calamari salad (with vermicelli, cilantro and red-curry honey) and spicy sesame miso ramen.

2500 Bryant St.; 415-829-3668 or

Fine Rare

Fine & Rare

Upper Market is looking pretty swanky these days, but now the heart of Civic Center finally gets a lunchtime upgrade with the opening of Fine & Rare. Choose from an extensive menu of sandwiches, including the signature king salmon pastrami Reuben and a cheddar chimichurri cheesesteak (say that three times fast).

555 Golden Gate Ave.; 415-297-3980 or

John Storey

Chubby Noodle

The popular post-drinking pop-up in North Beach recently got its own brick-and-mortar spot. Head here anytime you’re jonesing for salty and fried. Try the fried chicken with creamy soy-chile sambal sauce or the panfried noodles with garlic and jalapeño pepper. And don’t miss out on the rich, chewy duck buns.

1310 Grant Ave.; 415-361-8850 or

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