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foodLiving in one of the most exciting food cities in America (that being New York, of course!) can make it rather hard to get excited about other domestic cities.  So it says a lot that I’m so fired up about San Francisco’s food scene right now.  And I’m not talking about the local, seasonable and sustainable California food movement that Alice Waters made so famous.  There’s a thrilling slurry of ambitious, young chefs, bakers and bartenders who are making San Francisco a very compelling dining destination.

Where to begin?  Well, I’d have to say State Bird Provisions, which is by far the most interesting meal I’ve had this year.   It’s a dim sum cart style restaurant with a roving trolley of dishes that aren’t on the menu – a little like a tasting menu of the chef’s latest inspirations without the fuss or ritual of a drawn out, multi-course meal.   Then, there’s Flour + Water with a killer pasta tasting menu served in a decidedly anti-tasting menu atmosphere. While flour and water don’t exactly sound like the most exciting ingredients, they are the inspiration behind the menu at this innovative pizza and pasta joint.  There’s seafaring classics, like Swan Oyster Depot and Hog Island Oyster Co., funky newcomers, like Rich Table, creative bakers of the Bar Tartine sorts and more…

Kiss Sushi

Kiss Sushi
1700 Laguna Street
San Francisco,CA 94115
415-474-2866
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There are only twelve seats at this jewel box of a sushi spot in San Francisco.   If you're a purist about your sushi, you'll love Kiss Seafood.  (If you're not and you love inventive sauces or...

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Zuni Cafe

Zuni Cafe
1658 Market Street
San Francisco,CA 94102
(415) 552-2522
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I have to admit that I didn't have high hopes for Judy Rodger's New American, Zuni Cafe.  For starters, they had an attitude every time I called for a reservation. And all anyone talked about was...

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Hog Island Oyster

Hog Island Oyster
1 Ferry Building
San Francisco,CA 94111
(415)391-7117
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It ain't easy to find a great oyster house... never mind one with a view, so you'll want to savor not only the terrific variety of bivalves at Hog Island Oyster Co., but also the outdoor dining...

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Flour + Water

Flour + Water
2401 Harrison Street
San Francisco,CA 94110
415-826-7000
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What's all the buzz about... still? After all, Flour + Water has been open since 2009 and yet it's more impossible than ever to get a prime-time reservation at this Mission eatery nearly four years...

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Rich Table

Rich Table
199 Gough Street
San Francisco,CA 94102
(415) 355-9085
Cuisine:

This cozy corner spot in the Hayes Valley part of town looks more like your local neighborhood bistro than a destination restaurant, but as we all know, looks can be deceiving.  In fact, Rich Table...

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The Slanted Door

The Slanted Door
1 Sausalito - San Francisco Ferry Bldg #3
San Francisco,CA 94111
(415) 861-8032
Cuisine:

Some may say this modern Vietnamese eatery, which opened in 1995 and relocated to the Ferry Building in 2004, has become too mainstream and lost some of its authenticity.  Well, I'm glad I didn't...

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