A little rain never stopped a San Franciscan from a night on the town. With the James Beard nominees shining bright– and a new bathhouse/restaurant concept in the Tenderloin– the city never fails to inspire. Rain or shine, you are where you eat. Here’s your Hit List for stormy weather.
Because a bowl of hot and sour soup never sounded so good. Bring on the XO sauce, rock shrimp fried rice, and salt-and-pepper chicken wings. And don’t forget dessert– James Beard Award-nominated Chef Chou’s are worth saving room for. // Chinatown. 415-857-9688.
Because a whiskey cocktail and choripan with chimichurri from the 2010 opening menu will whet your appetite for a standout meal. Try the Manila clams and the spaghetti with bottarga, Espelette chili, breadcrumbs, and lemon. // SoMa. Book now on Resy.
Because does it get better than a plate of fresh pappardelle smothered in 9-hour bolognese? Nopa. This restaurant is an institution, and for good reason: anytime, day or night– it always hits the mark. // NoPa. 415-864-8643.
Because now that the frenzy has subsided, it’s prime time to try the James Beard Award-nominated Best New Restaurant. From the Tartine bread service (hello, sea urchin & mustard smørrebrød) to the sticky date pudding, this romance will be a long one. // Mission. Walk-ins only.
Because when the menu is short and concise, every dish is on fire. Case in point: Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao. Chef Corey Lee keeps it simple, but meticulous. // SoMa. 415-685-4860.
Because Onsen is all about treating yourself. Enjoy a massage after a long soak in the sleek baths, followed by a balanced meal (!). Warm Udon Noodles are the perfect complement to your relaxed muscles. // Tenderloin. Book now on Resy.
Because there’s Thai, and then there’s Kin Khao. You won’t find pad thai or chicken skewers here. Instead, expect Yaowaraj noodles, a Bangkok Chinatown stir-fried rice noodle, or khao mun gai, chicken fat rice. Aroy. // Union Square. Book now on Resy.
8/Mina Test Kitchen
Because take a trip to the sun-drenched Southern coast of Italy. “Postcards from La Costiera” is the seafood-forward dinner series by Chef Michael Mina and Chef Adam Sobel. Bring your appetite; this meal is classic Italian, and you’ll want the full coursing. Plus vino. // Marina. Book now on Resy.
Because have you tried the laminated brioche yet? Filled with shiitake and koji duxelle, and served with beef-whipped jidori yolk, this dish is reason enough to pull up a chair. Or, plan ahead (at least a day) and order the whole chicken in brioche. Go big.// Castro. Book now on Resy.
Because there’s a French 75 with your name on it. New Orleans arrived in the Mission, complete with all of your Southern favorites. Bring a big group, order the shrimp boil, and suck on the heads (if you’re legit). // Mission. Book now on Resy.
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