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POSTED October 23, 2014


SoMA-stalwart Mochica has reopened in new, shiny Potrero Hill digs with a full liquor license, an expanded menu and more seating for all. Order from an extensive menu of cebiche ($14 to $21), shareable small plates, and larger mains ranging from paella ($20 to $21) to lamb shank braised in beer ($20). That full liquor license is being put to use with a pisco-heavy menu of cocktails (including multiple versions of the frothy pisco sour), plus mojitos, margaritas and more. Expect brunch come November 8, with promises of a classic Peruvian breakfast sandwich called butiffarra ($10) that stars sliced pork loin.

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POSTED October 16, 2014

Pink Zebra

Leave it to a Mission Chinese alum to open his own spot in an unassuming Chinese joint in the Mission. Meet Pink Zebra, a new project from chef Jesse Koide, which opened its doors last week in Tao Yin Restaurant. Expect an izakaya-style menu reflecting Japanese and Mediterranean cues, plus a five-seat omakase counter. The menu changes regularly, but items like pickles, yakitori, donburi and tonkatsu will make regular appearances. It's open Thursday through Monday, and in true MCF fashion, you can order off of the Tao Yin menu, too.

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POSTED October 9, 2014


The Presidio is a dining destination once again, thanks to Traci des Jardins. The park's renovated Officer's Club is now home to Arguello, which opened yesterday. The restaurant specializes in home-style Mexican cuisine, such as chicken taquitos ($10) and mushroom quesadillas ($11), and it's also got craft cocktails and a heated patio. But expect a side of history with your margarita: Watch tortillas made on an outdoor comal, and read up on Luis Antonio Arguello, the restaurant's namesake and first Mexican governor of Alta California.

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POSTED October 2, 2014

The Hall

We'd like to extend a warm welcome to the newest entrant to Mid-Market's delicious revival, gourmet food market and gathering place The Hall. There are six food vendors to choose from, including The Whole Beast, Fine & Rare and Little Green Cyclo. It's meant to be a destination for workday lunches, midday snacks and post-work happy hours (thanks to a selection of local beer and wine and an accompanying dim sum cart). You'll find everything from sustainable seafood to coffee and baked goods, plus a spacious shared seating area. A goat gyro with a side of pho? Don't mind if we do.

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POSTED September 25, 2014

Lazy Bear Pop-Up

Lazy Bear's brick-and-mortar opens tonight, and reservations are already rivaling some of the city's hardest to come by. Chef David Barzelay began serving his whimsical takes on new American cuisine in monthly pop-ups featuring a dinner party-vibe that soon earned adoring accolades. In its permanent form, Lazy Bear emulates much of this ethos: Guests start in the ski lodge-like upstairs mezzanine (complete with an old-school wood stove), where they're served punch and snacks. They move downstairs to the stunningly appointed dining room, where they're seated at long, communal tables. The menu will change weekly, but an example of Barzelay's creativity includes a sous-vide egg with maple and hot sauce in a slender shot glass. All of this is presented to diners in a gingham-printed "Field Guide" menu, complete with a golf pencil for notes. Open Thursday through Monday, with two seatings per night. Reservations require the purchase of tickets; dinner is $120 per person, with optional drink pairings for an additional $50

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  • Mochica
  • Pink Zebra
  • Arguello
  • The Hall
  • Lazy Bear


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