6 New Restaurants We’re Already Drooling Over
So you made some New Year’s resolutions. And maybe one of them was to eat healthier. But with so much good food coming out of these new kitchens (we’re looking at you, #Baconslut burger), some exceptions must be made. Here are six restaurants to check out now.
Expect rustic Tuscan comfort fare at this new Marina spot: wood-fired pizzas, house-made pastas and slow-cooked meats. Ask the sommelier to turn you on to something new from the Cal-Italian wine list to wash down the clam pie and farrow-juniper rigatoni with Barolo-braised wild boar sugo.
2136 Union St.; 415-926-8916 or contradasf.com
We know anything from the long-standing Tacolicious chef Telmo Faria is going to be good, which is why we’ve waited so patiently for the traditional fare at his new Noe Valley spot. (It’s the first Portuguese restaurant in SF!) Start with the salt-cod fritters and follow with charred octopus and seafood stew.
1550 Church St.; 415-829-2264 or umacasarestaurant.com
The folks behind Causwells and Popsons Burgers have gone Cajun with their latest venture, a nod to New Orleans classics with a California twist. May we recommend the chicken confit with dirty rice and cane syrup gastrique? Complement fancy with fratty by ordering a Hurricane (rum, lemon, passionfruit). Come spring, look for fresh crawfish shipped in from the gulf.
2293 Mission St.; 415-872-9409 or albarays.com
The new Hayes Valley Champagne bar is run by an all-female team, so naturally we had to go out and support. Nibble on some self-serve popcorn while you choose a glass from more than a hundred bottles and then pair appropriately with caviar and potato chips or cheese and charcuterie. Every night should start like this.
528 Laguna St.; theriddlersf.com
Tony Gemignani continues to expand his empire, this time to the notorious food wasteland of the Haight. Expect the usual slice—our heart will always belong to pepperoni—plus burgers, wings, meatball sandwiches and a few pasta dishes.
1535 Haight St.; 415-552-2520 or slicehousehaight.com
One word: #Baconslut. It’s an applewood-smoked bacon sandwich with an over-easy egg, cheddar cheese and Aleppo chile aioli served on a brioche roll. And it’s heaven. If bacon and cheese sound too rich for early morning, we must suggest the egg sandwich instead. Order it with a Vietnamese iced coffee. On a rough workday, this will be your savior.
2123 Franklin St., Oakland; 510-817-4663 or thegastropig.com