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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

Californios (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Chef Val Cantu, his wife, Carolyn, and co-owner and beverage director Charlotte Randolph are shaking up Mission Mexican. They offer one menu a night, 16-some dishes, determined by what the farmers bring them; Randolph reacts with a list designed to accommodate any occasion, from Krug to R. López...Read Full Story

Spruce (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This tiny Presidio Heights dining room earns its reputation on Mark Sullivan’s rustic-chic farm-to-table cuisine and Jaime Pinedo’s wine list, more than 2,500 labels deep. The “short list” highlights intriguing and ready bottles, like a Suisun Valley chenin from Gamling & McDuck or a Bründlmayer Austrian pinot from 2007;...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

CDP Bar at Commis (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

James Syhabout’s CDP (Chef de Partie), a sleek cocktail lounge with a vaguely sixties Vegas vibe to it, shares a wall and sensibilities with his Michelin two-star restaurant Commis. Some of those at the marble bar are waiting for reservations next door while others are exploring...Read Full Story

Benu (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Corey Lee was the head chef at The French Laundry before he opened Benu in 2010; Yoon Ha, MS, came from La Toque in Napa Valley. Together they create mind-bending tasting menus, Lee’s Korean heritage inflecting the menu in ways that make the...Read Full Story

Belotti Ristorante e Bottega (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“A shoebox of a space that is worth fighting your way into,” says Alex Joerger at Cost Plus World Market. He’s just one of the many wine geeks attracted by Michele Belotti’s handmade pastas, long-simmered sugos and all-Italian wine list, much of it intriguing and under $50—like...Read Full Story

Che Fico (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

In a reclaimed auto body shop along the Divisadero corridor, chef David Nayfield specializes in Jewish-Italian cuisine, and Francesca Maniace complements the lusty flavors with an agile list of Italian bottles focused on indigenous grapes. Don’t Miss: Chicken heart and gizzards salad; chopped grilled duck liver

Eight Tables (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

George Chen recreates Chinese “private chateau cuisine” in this eight-table space atop China Live, his bar/restaurant/retail complex where San Francisco’s Chinatown meets North Beach. The drinks are as impressive as the food, whether it’s a wild cocktail from Saison-vet Anthony Keels or one...Read Full Story

Glen Ellen Star (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

“This place manages to maintain its buzzy vibe well into the evening, after most wine-country restaurants have long emptied out,” says Kelli White, a Napa-based writer for GuildSomm. It’s a local mainstay thanks to husband-wife duo Ari Weiswasser and Erinn Benziger-Weiswasser, who show off the local bounty in...Read Full Story

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