Best New Restaurants
Acme Chophouse At her spacious outpost in Pacific Bell Park stadium, Traci Des Jardins (an F&W Best New Chef 1995) uses only sustainably raised meats and local produce. Who needs Barry Bonds when the kitchen scores with made-to-order creamed spinach and the best Cubano sandwiches in town (24 Willie Mays Plaza; 415-644-0240).
Chez Spencer An art-filled loft space in an industrial alley is the site of one of the city's most daring new bistros. Chef Laurent Katgely specializes in elegant preparations of underappreciated ingredients: mackerel, fresh anchovies, antelope and birdssquab, quail, duckfragrant from the wood-burning oven (82 14th St.; 415-864-2191).