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POSTED March 12, 2015

Jersey

Get a taste of the Shore at Jersey, a new SoMa pizzeria that opened on Tuesday. Jersey comes from Steven and Mitchell Rosenthal, the team behind neighborhood mainstays Town Hall, Salt House and Anchor & Hope. The two grew up on the East Coast and wanted a pizzeria that evoked the flavors and styles of their childhood. Still, the restaurant includes influences garnered from their travels to Italy and their home base in SF. In addition to three 14-inch "Jersey-style" pies, the menu features three California-style pizzas, a selection of pastas, seasonally inflected mains and sides, plus a selection of cured and smoked meats. Sample it all at lunch or dinner, accompanied by a nice selection of local beers and wines. We hear rumors of a foie gras pizza—all the more reason to pay your respects to Jersey.

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POSTED March 5, 2015

Benjamin Cooper

It's tempting to avoid Union Square as much as humanly possible. The tourists, the aggressive shoppers, the construction...did we mention the tourists? But thanks to the opening of Benjamin Cooper, a cocktail and oyster bar, we may have to rethink our previous Union Square-related assumptions. With mixologists Brian Felley and Mo Hodges, Benjamin Cooper promises a list of weekly rotating cocktail specials ($8 to $13), a daily selection of oysters (MP) and to "pay tribute to the life and times of the man Benjamin Cooper" (entreating you to ask, should you not know who he is). Whether it's curiosity or your craving for cocktails and oysters, we imagine we'll be seeing you in Union Square quite a bit more, too.

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opened
POSTED February 26, 2015

Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company

There's a new brewpub in the town, and we're guessing we'll quickly become regulars. The Sunset Reservoir Brewing Company opened its doors last Thursday, headed by Hilary Passman Cherniss of the beloved Devil's Teeth Baking Company. There are five house beers available, courtesy of Aaron Weshnak, who cut his teeth at the Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa. Food offerings come from Gavin Braid (Mikkeller, Quince) and include beer-friendly fare like a meat and cheese board ($24), beer-braised pork with Sriracha spaetzle ($26), pan-seared McFarland Springs trout with bubble and squeak ($27), and grilled flatbreads ($11 to $14). Lunch and brunch are forthcoming, and there's a kids' menu for the beer-loving parents out there. 

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opened
POSTED February 19, 2015

PieTisserie

It's a universally acknowledged truth that you can never have too much pie—particularly when that pie is some of the best in the Bay Area. Meet PieTisserie, the brand-new brick-and-mortar location from Oakland pie maven (and San Francisco native) Jaynelle St. Jean, whose pies have long been popping up around town and now have a home of their own in East Lake. Flavors will rotate monthly, and will be available for preorder (and sold by the slice in the shop). Expect untraditional flavor combinations like mojito custard, seasonal delicacies in the form of Meyer lemon and spiced apple, and St. Jean's now-signature standouts, which include chocolate cream pretzel and Okinawan sweet potato.

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opened
POSTED February 12, 2015

Al's Place

When we heard Aaron London, a star chef at now-closed Ubuntu in Napa, was opening a restaurant in the Mission, we braced ourselves for an all-vegetables, all-the-time kind of place. So we were delighted to learn Al's Place isn't shying away from meat at all—rather, meat is meant to serve as an accompaniment to the gorgeous vegetable-and-fish-centric dishes London wanted to create. That would be meat in the form of hanger steak with crab butter ($16) or jowl ham with anchovies ($13), served as a delectable, decadent addition to a gorgeous "main" of sunchoke curry with cod ($17) or freshly made tonnarelli with green garlic and bottarga ($15). This, plus a selection of cold starters and "Snackles" (hello, fritters with fennel mayo, $5), more or less ensures that whatever your preferences, there's a satisfying meal to be had.

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  • PieTisserie
  • Al's Place

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