The new spots we checked out—and loved.Less
You’re coming to Piglet & Co. to get pumped up on shrimp toast and flat-out decadent chashao—the pork belly is sticky-sweet and rich, and one of the many outstanding dishes you’ll encounter at this Mission spot. While Piglet & Co is inspired by Taiwanese night markets, the menu goes broad. You’ll see well-executed Asian comfort dishes, like charred cabbage that will make you rethink everything you know about cabbage, and mala miso-glazed pork ribs with meat that falls right off the bone.
Akikos, the Union Square omakase spot, just moved into a swanky new location in the East Cut—so good news for anyone who expects the same fantastic sushi this place is known for. What you might not expect: smoky mackerel sashimi served atop a white ceramic fedora wrapped in a garland of leaves. Yes, a ceramic fedora. It’s one of the many over-the-top (if not slightly quirky) presentation touches that make Akikos stand out.
Ever loved a lentil patty so much you were inspired to pen a romantic sonnet? No? Then get to Peaches Patties. The newest Ferry Building kiosk (located out front) is laser-focused on serving Jamaican patties that are iconic. The flaky shells are buttery and soft. And fillings like beef, curry chicken, and those rich, berbere-spiced lentils are packed with flavor. Even though one patty is filling enough, you’ll want to try their plate of jerk chicken that’s perfectly spiced.
Dinner at this upscale-ish Northern Italian restaurant in Nob Hill moves at a slower clip, which is fine by us. We want as much time as possible to appreciate their perfectly light fritto misto, seafood skewers grilled over binchotan, and deceptively simple pastas, like the cream-filled ravioli carbonara topped with crispy guanciale. The only complaint we have is that we wish the menu of dishes were longer.
We want to keep Saru Handroll Bar in Russian Hill a secret so we can always get a seat, and also tell everyone we know to get here immediately. The bar seating-only spot (formerly Saru Sushi Bar) stands out for its cozy space that'll inspire you to spend all future spontaneous date nights here—and for keeping their temaki simple and well-executed. The fillings like salmon, scallops, and spicy tuna shine front and center.
Liholiho Yacht Club just returned after a two-year hiatus with a new interior refresh. So no surprise here—Liholiho is the hottest comeback since clogs. While there might be a slightly sleeker dining room, the dishes on the “heritage-driven” menu are still relatively the same—bold and in-your-face, in the best possible way. There’s a shaved pig head brightened up with a zippy frisee and Asian pear salad, and a baked Hawaii that’s torched and filled with coconut POG sorbet.
Nothing says “I’m cool and interesting” like knowing about the least-boring wine bar food in town. Cantina Los Mayas (the sister spot to Taqueria Los Mayas) focuses on Yucatecan specialties like panuchos and the juiciest cochinita pibil ever. They also have a list of exclusively Mexican wines, so you can cut into mole-drenched chicken while swirling around a glass of syrah from Valle de San Vicente. Keep this new Richmond bar top of mind for any and all future dates.
These days, it seems like there’s a new pizza spot on every corner. Angie’s Pizza in the Mission is one to highlight in yellow on your official Pizza-To-Stuff-In-Your-Face list. Everything on the menu, from top to bottom, is worthy of a return trip. Garlic chili honey gives the pepperoni pie a sweet and spicy kick, while the date, bacon, and goat cheese-topped pizza is a creamy stunner. And for dessert, there are housemade ice cream sundaes decorated with poached apple and pecan streusel.
Like Michelle Yeoh, The Laundromat is multi-talented. In the morning, they serve coffee and bagels that are plump and ideally chewy. And if that wasn’t enough, the laidback spot transforms at night into a place for natural wine and rectangular, cheese-edged pies with chunky tomato sauce spilling over. They’re also experts at designing a space you’ll want to move into—there’s eclectic art covering the walls, records playing, and homey mismatched napkins and Elmer Fudd water glasses.
If you’re someone who seeks out the city’s newest pastries like they’re limited-edition Cars-themed Croc drops, get Loquat high on your radar. The laidback Hayes Valley cafe and bakery (located in the old 20th Century Cafe space) serves Jewish and Levantine-inspired pastries that will encourage you to embrace the early bedtime you’ve been manifestation journaling about and officially become a morning person (they open at 8am).