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Dyafa (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Arabic food with a full wine and cocktail list? Yes, please. Reem Assil opened this colorful space earlier this year, in collaboration with Daniel Patterson, in Jack London Square. The drinks are as vibrant as the food, laced with Middle Eastern spice or scented with anise and orange blossom;...Read Full Story

Ippuku (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“It’s like an escape from the Bay Area,” says Shannon Tucker at Foreign Cinema of this tiny Berkeley izakaya. The yakitori go far beyond chicken tenders here: you can get hearts, gizzards and cartilage on a stick. Forget wine: Sake and sochu are the focus, or,...Read Full Story

Press (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Go to Press on a mission. If you want to drink old Napa Valley wines, Scott Brenner has assembled a list Press claims to be the largest in the world, and it’s easy to believe, given the scope of the verticals, everything from Mayacamas cabernet in...Read Full Story

Pizzetta 211 (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Expect a wait at this pizzeria: There are only four tables, and they’re hotly coveted. Not only because of the pizza, thin-crusted, blistered and topped with whatever’s in its seasonal prime, or the fact that staff offers blankets to customers waiting in the Outer Richmond fog. But...Read Full Story

Perle (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Chef Rob Lam opened this French-accented wine bar last year with Marcus Garcia, who honed his wine chops at Fleur de Lys in San Francisco. Locals depend on it for the Frenchonion-dip burger and a glass of Beaujolais; but there’s also beef tartare with bone marrow...Read Full Story

Montesacro Pinseria-Enoteca (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Gianluca Legrottaglie specializes in pinsas, an ancient Roman flatbread, at his SoMa restaurant. Made with three different flours and proofed for three days, the dough holds up to the toppings, simple but bold combinations like black kale and stracciatella with garum, the fish sauce of...Read Full Story

Lord Stanley (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Young husband-and-wife team Rupert and Carrie Blease bring solid kitchen credentials (Michelin-starred Le Manoir aux Quat Saisons in England, Per Se and Blue Hill in New York, Central Kitchen and Commonwealth in SF) to their small restaurant, located on...Read Full Story

Kokkari Estiatorio (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

There are plenty of California pinots and zins to keep wine travelers happy at this 20-year-old Greek restaurant near the Embarcadero, but locals go for the Greek wines Lyle Coffield stocks. “Assyrtiko with the octopus, saganaki and horta; xinomavro with the lamb shank or goat stew,” suggests Erik Tennyson...Read Full Story

Del Popolo (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Of all the pizza places in San Francisco, Del Popolo generated the most raves among our wine-industry friends. Some people point to the chewy, charred crust; others to the imaginative sides chef Jon Darsky creates, such as the roasted broccolini with ’nduja-inflected aioli. But it’s Essam...Read Full Story

SingleThread (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Katina Connaughton is the farmer; her husband, Kyle Connaughton, is the chef, preparing eleven courses for guests. Kyle had worked in Japan for several years before running Hester Blumenthal’s Experimental Kitchen at the Fat Duck. In Healdsburg, the couple has woven the aesthetics of a Japanese...Read Full Story

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