New Favorite Restaurants in Sf
I've had a handful of remarkable meals out recently. Here's what I'm loving of late.
- •Al's PlaceI normally like to stay away from hype, but when my neighborhood's new spot was named the country's best new restaurant by @BonAppetit, I had to check it out. Every bite was SUBLIME. Brilliant, creative, fresh, and utterly addictive food. And even though it's nice, they perfectly capture SF's comfortable-chic ambiance. It's Michelin-worthy food you can eat in jeans. Reservations are tough to get, but stalk Opentable for cancellations, or show up early and wait in line. Worth it.
- •GardeniasOwned by the brilliant women behind the now-closed gem that was Woodward's Garden, Margie Conard and Dana Tommasino, this place is vegetable-focused (though they do meat really well), Cali-Italian, and so, so thoughtful. @evan and I shared a ricotta raviolo with brown butter and pears that was so good we couldn't continue our conversation and eat it at the same time.
- •SouvlaA very modern, super fresh approach to Greek food in Hayes Valley. You can get various meats and vegetables in a salad or wrap form, plus they have a Greek frozen yogurt machine that makes a crazy-good soft serve which they serve with baklava.
- •RagazzaSuperb pizzas, flavorful, creative pastas, and vegetable sides that keep the food from ever feeling too heavy. I recently had a butternut squash baked ziti so good I wanted to write poetry about it. Don't skip the arancini. They're worth every calorie.
- •Saru Sushi BarVery expensive, but worth it for a really refined, special sushi experience. Fish is perfectly fresh, flavors are vibrant, and service is wonderful. It's little and quiet (and tucked away in Noe Valley).