Chef David Barzelay and Bar Director Nicolas Torres have partnered on this new project, True Laurel. True Laurel will offer ingredient-driven cocktails crafted with an eye to both seasonality and reducing waste, served alongside a selection of creative and shareable bar food. Taking inspiration from the nose-to-tail culinary ethos so prevalent in Northern California, Torres applies a similar philosophy with whole fruit in his cocktails, ranging from creating a house amaretto with stone fruit pits to utilizing the juice, peel, and pith of a lemon so no element goes unused. 753 Alabama Street, San Francisco, CA.
This was the first drink I enjoyed, the Mai O Mai which had rum, pistachio orgeat, curacao, and coffee-rum float which gave a delicious coffee flavor to the cocktail.
The fabulous Cheese Crab Fondue which I highly recommend when you visit!
RT Rotisserie Hayes Valley
RT Rotisserie is one of the newest additions to Hayes Valley (which opened late May, however, I didn’t do a Summer round up so it’s being covered in this Fall/Winter round up as I’m a huge fan and want to be sure it’s listed in my new opening coverage). RT Rotisserie has been well received and adored for their amazing food from Chef Sarah and Evan Rich of Rich Table, another Hayes Valley gem I adore. Learn more about this talented husband and wife duo on my interview with them here. And, read more about Rich Table in my Hayes Valley Top 10 Guide here. This setting is super bright, cheerful and really inviting. I enjoy having a late lunch date and then hanging around and working a bit it’s just that charming and makes it hard to leave. Their food is of course amazing, I am a sucker for the Roasted Cauliflower, the Fried Chicken Sandwich and all of the sides! 101 Oak St, San Francisco, CA 94102
The lovely interior, I love the bright setting yet it’s also super casual and cozy and makes you want to stay a while.
RT Rotisserie pictures courtesy of Kassie Borreson
Giovanni Italian Specialties in North Beach
Another culinary addition to San Francisco is Tony Gemignani’s newest culinary destination, Giovanni’s Italian Specialties in North Beach This is a spot with both food to be enjoyed on site and taken to go whether you’re eating in the area, or preparing a delicious meal such as their pasta (made fresh daily). The interior is beyond adorable, if you go and dine in you will not want to leave. And prepare to shop they have great cooking books and other fun cooking goodies I fell in love with! 629 Union St. San Francisco, CA, 94133.
The newest addition to Hayes valley is Barcino which is from the team behind Absinthe amongst other restaurants. I loved the lively bright setting of Barcino, their cocktail program which focuses heavily on create your own Gin cocktail and their small but flavorful tapas style menu. This is well priced for what it is with a great atmosphere, fabulous service, and overall an easy crowd pleaser. 399 Grove St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Executive Chef Ryan McIlwraith
I arrived before my friend Elise, also a blogger with What The Fab so I held myself over nibbling on these delicious Tostas, this is the Garrotza with catalan goats milk cheese and tomate fresco. It was delicious and a great started to begin the meal with.
Beginning my meal with a custom Gin Tonic I picked based on the Gin flavor profile the server shared with me. These oysters were divine, perfect with a Gin & Tonic! The Restaurant has a Gin list of over 50 different bottlings so be sure to try a few and explore the delicious Gin & Tonic options as well as their Sangria Blanco on tap.
The incredible Paella with chili-garlic-shrimp paella, bacon, kumquat, brussels, broccoli, jamon-lobster broth. Heads up this takes over 30 minutes to make, but is so worth the wait so order it the moment you sit down. I loved the shrimp super flavorful, yet light and not too heavy. Beyond delicious.
From the husband-wife duo, Chef Roberth and Andrea Sundell –owners of San Francisco’s PLÄJ Restaurant (who is a client of mine with Emily Martin Communications & Events) and longtime Petaluma residents – comes Stockhome, a family-friendly eatery set to open Winter 2018 in downtown Petaluma, CA. Serving dishes inspired by Swedish street food favorites and imported candy from Stockholm, this counter-service restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner, seven days a week, in both dine-in and to-go capacity.
The menu draws influence from Chef Roberth’s Swedish roots, as well as the Turkish street food found in Sweden. Created with the community and families in mind, the restaurant provides affordable and healthy menu choices, including vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free options. Kebab Plates, wraps, Fattoush, Salads, veggies; as well as desserts such as the Turkish Delight. The team will be making house sodas in flavors such as Jamaican Hibiscus and Watermelon. There will also be a selection of wine and beer. For those candy lovers like me, there will be an entire wall of Swedish candy! The candy will be sold in bulk, as that is how it is done in Sweden, this style of candy is known as Lördagsgodis (which translates to “Saturday’s Candy”). Petaluma, CA.
Owners: Chef Roberth Sundell and his wife Andrea Sundell who run Plaj and now Stockhome Petaluma together.
Photos by New Rev Media
Salt & Straw Hayes Valley
The beloved Salt & Straw San Francisco Team has added another location to San Francisco, most recently in Hayes Valley. Their first San Francisco location on Fillmore Street is adored with lines out of the door, always. Be sure to visit and enjoy their home made delicious ice cream. J.S.F. tip, if you don’t want to wait in the long lines, head in and grab a pint to go and you can skip the lines! 586 Hayes St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Although I am no longer a Pac Heights resident where I lived my first five years in San Francisco, and would have been a few blocks away from this new Fillmore Street gem, The Snug, I am still thrilled to welcome it to Fillmore Street. The Snug is a fabulous cocktail bar with casual light bites (I have not eaten there yet, but hear it’s great). However, I have had their cocktails more than once and they’re incredible. Super balanced, creative, beautiful and most importantly delicious! The Snug team is also pretty young, cool and hip which adds to the appeal of this new Pac Heights hot spot. 2301 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115.
Snug photos by Jonathan Racusin
This fall marked Serpentine’s 10th year and although they are not new to San Francisco, they closed for the month of August to renovate and update the menu so their September re launch was a new update to San Francisco’s culinary scene. I was lucky enough to visit after the opening and experience the beautiful space, taste their incredible cocktails, delicious food, and meet Owner/Chef Tommy Halvorson. Serpentine is one of the best neighborhood gems in the Dogpatch with delicious, refined cuisine and a cool laid back setting that’s very inviting and hard to leave. Chef Tommy’s background prior to Serpentine was at Gary Danko, Chez Panisse and BIX (to name a few). Chef Tommy who is originally from Kentucky incorporates his Southern roots with menu items including a fried chicken, which was amazing! He describes his menu as “the best meats and produce showcased up front, flanked by smoke, chiles, cornbread, biscuits and honey – things that remind me of my childhood”. Be sure to visit and experience this updated gem yourself! 2495 3rd St, San Francisco, CA 94107
Wise Sons Hayes Valley
Those bagel lovers like me who haven’t been able to find amazing New York Bagels in California will be thrilled Wise Sons (one of the only bagel shops with New York like bagels) has added another location in San Francisco. Their new Hayes Valley location is adorable, with their typical menu offerings of bagels, salads, sandwiches and soups. 537 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA 94102
Wise & Sons photos by Molly DeCoudreaux Photography