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In Good Taste
Sri Lankan veggies at 1601.
Colin Price

You pride yourself on being in the know about San Francisco’s restaurant scene. In fact, friends come to you for tips. But sometimes even you need a little help.

For a streamlined approach to picking restaurants, download Flavour, an elegant, new-to-SF search app that will remind you of places on your to-go list.

Start by selecting a neighborhood and type of cuisine, then narrow down by features such as “date night,” “bar scene,” “Michelin” or “gluten-free.”

The app provides a handful of options, from trendy newcomers (Monsieur Benjamin) to classics (Zuni). Swipe to see hours and location details or view the menu, then click to make a reservation.

The tightly edited list even pulls in snippets of reviews from the San Francisco Chronicle.

Many of the 450 restaurants in Flavour’s database are high-end, fine-dining establishments, but you can still discover a casual Thai bistro that’s a neighborhood gem.

While test-driving the app, we were happy to be reminded of 1601 Bar & Kitchen, a sleek, under-the-radar SoMa restaurant known for Sri Lankan flavors and French technique.


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