No more parties in LA, it’s all about the Bay ‘Ye. Just in time for the Resy Hit List San Francisco, Liholiho transports aloha vibes to the mainland, Del Popolo serves pizza of the gods and Cala gets three and half stars. Swish.
1/ Al’s Place
Because big ups for Bon Appetit’s Best New Restaurant in the nation. Flavor is the name of the game and Chef Aaron London delivers with “snackles” of brine pickled french fries and goat’s milk curd grits. Get fluent in “brocamole.” // Mission. (415) 416-6136.
Because this is the country’s best Mexican restaurant says the critics. Chef Gabriela Camara brings Mexico City to the Bay. In other words, seafood-centric, veg-friendly and house ground masa for bragging rights. // Hayes Valley. Book Now at Cala.
3/Liholiho Yacht Club
Because everyone’s a local at Hawaiian Chef Ravi Kapur’s club. North Shore meets NorCal, spam and bay shrimp fried rice case in point. Oh, and the poke delivers. // Lower Nob Hill. (415) 440-5446.
4/State Bird Provisions
Because farm to table dim sum takes the James Beard win times two. Aka the tsunami-sized buzz is real, people. Plan ahead or surrender to the no reservations line. // Western Addition. (415) 795-1272.
Because Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield walk into a bar. History in the making. And when Pete Wells says the Marsala roasted chicken is money, cha-ching. // North Beach. Book Now at Tosca Cafe.
Because Dominique Crenn is the Shakespeare of chefs. And if music is the food of love, Atelier Crenn is the orchestra. Play on. // Cow Hollow. Book Now at Atelier Crenn.
Because like most of the Bay’s latest and greatest, it started with a pop-up (Peko Peko) and became an institution. Plus, Chef Sylvan Brackett throws down fresh grated wasabi on the reg. Damn Daniel. // Mission. Book Now at Izakaya Rintaro.
Because bubbly, charred pizza of the people, by the people, for the people. The cult-worthy pizza truck’s highly anticipated brick and mortar delivers the dough with three stars. // Nob Hill. (415) 589-7940.
Because Michael Bauer says Melissa Perello’s new digs is a “revelation” and the deviled eggs are her “signature.” Stripped down interior, risotto of the gods, Pac Height’s new bae is fire. // Pacific Heights. (415) 408-7507.
Because couples who cook together, slay together. Chefs Carrie and Rupert Blease conquered New York and set their sights on the Bay. Cali-fresh reigns supreme. Pro-tip: Don’t tip. Gratuity included. // Nob Hill. (415) 872-5512.
Because sustainability aside, the restaurant of the future innovates on the plate. Go to save the environment, stay for the (gluten free) celeriac gnocchi. Pro-tip: snag the chef’s table for the bts. // SoMa. (415) 500-7788.