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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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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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  • Hapa Ramen
  • Game
  • Brenda's Meat and Three
  • Huxley
  • Mochica


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