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It’s that time again, folks. Let’s talk about December’s best new restaurants. From Hayes Valley’s latest upscale-casual spot to a Nepalese joint right above the busy Montgomery BART station, here is our list of places to try now.

Michael David Rose

Mr. Tipple’s Recording Studio

From the restaurateur behind Maven comes a second drinks-and-small-plates concept in the form of this moody (in all the right ways) jazz bar. Come for the “Dizzy” cocktail (East India sherry, Terroir gin and Cynar) and pulled-mushroom sliders. Stay for the saxophone quartet, plus dessert in the form of Mr. Tipple’s Drumstick--ariff on the childhood classic with green Chartreuse chocolate-chip ice cream.

39 Fell St.;


Little Gem

The newest upscale-casual addition in Hayes Valley aims to please everyone with any sort of food allergy. Choose from a menu of basic soups, salads and wraps made with non-glutinous flours. Then decide if you want meat or dairy add-ons. Never before have we found the wordsdairy, gluten and refined sugar-free so appealing. Our mouth is watering for the quinoa, wild mushroom and avocado salad.

400 Grove St.; 415-914-0501 or


CAW Pacific

Expect the same decadent favorites served at the original Mission location of Craftsman and Wolves, including The Rebel Within (Asiago, sausage, green onion and soft-cooked egg croissant) and chocolate brownie (with caramel and Marcona almonds), plus a rotating menu of salads, sandwiches and savory tarts.

1643 Pacific Ave.; 415-855-1414 or


Elephant Sushi

The third location of this popular Japanese spot offers the standard fresh fish and sushi fare, plus a new omakase menu. Plan to get there early to snag one of only 12 seats at the coveted sushi bar. 

705 Geary St.; 415-374-7186 or


Bini’s Kitchen

Owner Binita Pradhan serves up the same Nepalese curries, momos and chais that flew off the shelves at her Off The Grid stall. Order her legendary hand-wrapped momos--pork, turkey or vegetable dumplings with a spicy tomato-cilantro sauce--and curries made with sun-dried spices that she grinds with a mortar and pestle.

1 Post St. (above Montgomery BART station); 415-361-6911 or



Try authentic Sichuan staples like boiled cod fillet in chile oil, in addition to traditional Chinese-American favorites, at this new Outer Mission spot.

5820 Mission St.; 415-333-7869


Mom’s Bun Mi

Watch out, Saigon Sandwich. The Tenderloin has another banh mi joint, which is dishing out classic Vietnamese sandwiches, plus spring rolls and weekend specials. 

520 Leavenworth St.; 415-829-8138

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