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POSTED October 30, 2014


The newest breath of fresh air in the Tenderloin comes in the form of Huxley, a neighborhood restaurant that opened its doors on Geary Street this Tuesday. Huxley is the newest project from Kris Esqueda (Saison, Sons & Daughters), with chef Sara Hauman (Bar Agricole) at the helm (Brett Cooper consulted on the menu, too). Ingredients are sourced daily from local ranches and farms, with bread coming from next-door cafe Jane on Larkin. The rustic menu will change regularly, but expect creative combinations like brassicas and mustards in oxtail broth ($12), grilled sand dabs with preserved lemon and brown butter ($23) and olive oil cake with wild fennel ice cream ($8).

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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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  • Huxley
  • Mochica
  • Pink Zebra
  • Arguello
  • The Hall


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