11 New Places to Eat in San Francisco
Responding to an SOS from actor Sean Penn, the team behind NYC's The Spotted Pig resurrected this divey but beloved Italian bar. toscacafesf.com.
Belinda Leong's Pacific Heights pastry shop perfects the kouign-amann, a buttery, crusty, slightly sweet Breton pastry. bpatisserie.com.
Second Act Marketplace
A former movie house is now a hub for indie food purveyors, including a rare spice shop and a raw juice bar that makes its own almond milk. secondactsf.com.
This espresso joint has a bonus: waffles (including one topped with salmon roe) from Anthony Myint of Mission Chinese Food. lineacaffe.com.
Daniel Patterson of the exquisite Coi goes in a more rustic direction with dishes like beef tendon puffs and cracked-wheat porridge. altaca.co.
Excellent tapas, G&Ts and the oddly delicious kalimotxo (red wine and cola)—celebrity chef Michael Chiarello brings them all to his Spanish spot on the waterfront. coquetasf.com.
Chef Ricky Yap's ever-changing modern omakase might include snapper seared with a blowtorch, or Japanese abalone cooked sous vide. akikosrestaurant.com.
The neighborhood spot everyone hopes for. Co-owner Nicolas Delaroque pairs each dish on his daily-changing bistro menu with a different (often French) wine. nicosf.com.
Fried rice with wild nettles, followed by shoyu–Meyer lemon ramen and a local Magnolia brew: That's what happens when three guys who worked at Chez Panisse develop a ramen obsession. ramenshop.com.
20th Century Cafe
Michelle Polzine scoured vintage cookbooks before opening this nostalgic Eastern European café. Her specialty: Russian honey cake. 20thcenturycafe.com.
Chefs have long been inspired by Steve Sando's heirloom beans. Now he sells them in the Ferry Building, along with amazing hot sauces. ranchogordo.com.