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POSTED December 11, 2014


Downtown worker bees have a new lunch spot to add to their list—plus, a breakfast and happy hour destination—with the opening of SOMA Eats. The all-day cafe-slash-wine bar-slash-bottle shop has an eclectic menu: There's a slow-roasted lamb sandwich topped with almond date relish ($13), as well as an Indian-spiced turkey meatloaf sandwich ($10). Choose from eight beers and six wines available on tap, in addition to an extensive bottle selection (which includes a thoughtful Liquor Library, too) for your take-home needs. Decide on a purchase over a locally focused cheese board or an order of lamb bruschetta. 

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POSTED December 4, 2014


Chris Cosentino is back with Cockscomb, which opened in SoMA this week with a personal menu that serves as a love letter to San Franciscan cuisine. The food is as colorful as the city itself—expect Cosentino's takes on classics like Celery Victor ($12), a Hangtown Fry ($18) and a Green Goddess-dressed salad ($11, with crispy pig ears, naturally), plus nouveau San Franciscan treats like tombo crudo with serrano and jicama ($15) and toasted oats with mushrooms, kale and a poached egg ($22). Still, this is a Cosentino restaurant through and through—there's a selection of pâtés and terrines, a Butcher's Choice board of offal and leftover cuts ($MP) and a whole roasted pig's head to share ($50).

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POSTED November 20, 2014

Hapa Ramen

Just in time for winter, Richie Nakano's long-awaited brick-and-mortar restaurant Hapa Ramen is opening in the Mission this Sunday. Nakano has translated the creative, flavor-centric spirit of his pop-up into a menu of small plates, steamed buns and, of course, ramen, along with a menu of tropically inspired cocktails ($11 each). Dive into items like uni tempura with summer pickles ($12), sliced kanpachi with smoked apple ($16) and Nakano's signature Hapa Ramen ($16), full of slow-cooked pork broth, seasonal vegetables and chashu. Menu offerings and ramen styles will change regularly—if we're lucky, we may even see the reappearance of Hapa's legendary, totally bombastic cheeseburger ramen.

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POSTED November 13, 2014


"Wild night out" has a whole new meaning with the opening of Game, the much-anticipated second restaurant from Sachin Chopra and Shoshana Wolff of Michelin-starred All Spice in San Mateo. Holding court in the former Masa's space in the Tenderloin, Game's small, creative menu showcases wild game: Termed "adventurous fine dining," dishes include showstoppers like roasted venison with king trumpet mushrooms and pumpkin ($36), whole braised goat with pomegranate relish ($39) and an elk burger ($21), topped with pastrami and fontina (only 21 will be served per night). There's also a five-course tasting menu available ($89) with vegetarian options, no less.

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POSTED November 6, 2014

Brenda's Meat and Three

Brenda Buenviaje, of the beloved (and always packed) Brenda's French Soul Food, has opened a brand-new, Southern-style diner on Divisadero. The name nods to classic Southern joints where you order a meat and three sides ($18 to $22). Brenda's versions will change regularly and be listed on a chalkboard every night: Think fried chicken, fried catfish and oxtail, with sides such as bacon fat fries and mac 'n' cheese (you can make an entire meal of sides, too). Lunch has a full menu of sandwiches ($8 to $13, including po' boys), and brunch is all about gut-busting comfort food: pulled pork and sweet potato hash ($13), shrimp and grits ($14), and calas ($5), a "lost" New Orleans-style deep-fried doughnut made with rice.

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  • SOMA Eats
  • Cockscomb
  • Hapa Ramen
  • Game
  • Brenda's Meat and Three


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