Hope you aren’t full, some new and fan fave restaurants have just opened up in the Bay Area — time to chow down!
How this new Mezcal craft cocktail spot brought lively drinks and art to the Polk street strip. And, of course, specializing in 53 variants of Mezcal. If you’re a fiend for a good happy hour — this place gets pretty poppin’ by 5:30. As for the food, octopus tostada with peanut salsa, or a salad topped with salsa verde and granola. You’re welcome. // 2323 Polk St., Russian Hill, mezcalitosf.com
Beginning to thrive in Oakland’s eater heart — the customers alike agree that this chef-oriented spot is a go-to. Only locally sourcing the best cheeses and meats around, grabbing a quick bite while you make your way for a sunny Lake Merritt stay is clearly on your list of things to do. You can even grab yourself a bouquet of fresh flowers from Brothers and Sisters Flower Shop. // 3265 Grand Ave, Oakland, grandfaremarket.com
Inspired by the success of Avatar in Marin County, brother and sister team Ashok and Kala have expanded their bold flavors to San Francisco. Calling themselves “ethnic confusions,“ this healthy option hasn’t let up for the many San Franciscans who line up daily to get their fill of this "trust me, you’ll love it” institution. Expect to eat pork, lamb, and a smathering of Avatar’s signature curry sauce. // 71 Stevenson Street, SoMa, dabba.com
What seemed like a mystery on Instagram for nearly 6 months, Restaurateur Adriano Paganini—the man behind Belga, Beretta, Delarosa, Super Duper Burgers, and more—may have another hit on his hands. The Bird is aiming to draw a ton of the SoMa tech crowd while also catering to the Academy of Art University crowd. Think affordable, hearty, and tell them you want a lunch and dinner time too. Chicken sandwich warriors away. // 115 New Montgomery St., SoMa, thebirdsf.com
Chef Ryan H. Lee has made his way around the Korean and Japanese food circuit — honing his skill. Enter Hwaro, the Korean fusion restaurant that Excelsior needed. This small, family-run Korean restaurant opened pretty silently in August but the bustling amount of people making their way in and out clearly is setting them apart. Hwaro is now serving lunch and dinner menus of traditional Korean fare and contemporary dishes. // 4516 Mission St., Excelsior, hwarosf.com
Written by Anthony Rogers, photos sourced from the respective businesses & Grand Fare photo by Patricia Chang — Get more foodie news in your inbox weekly, it’s like the dessert at the end of a long 4-course meal.