You like to keep up with what’s brand new? Here’s a cheat sheet of five new spots that recently opened around town for you to check out.
Now open in the former Tao Café space at Guerrero and 22nd Street is Company. The menu offers Cal-Med and Northern California cuisine in a relaxed setting (a friend who lives in the neighborhood was raving about his new ‘hood hangout). The menu includes affordable appetizers from $6–$10, like grilled Monterey squid with crushed butterball potatoes, pancetta, and salsa verde. Oh yes, and there’s roast chicken and a burger too. And it’s open for lunch.
A new addition on Polk Street in the former Tajine space is Co Nam, serving rustic Vietnamese dishes in a cool space (wait until you see the plant wall). The menu is full of dishes like wraps, rolls, skewers, claypots, and salads. Bonus: nothing is more than $16. Open Tue.–Sun. for lunch and dinner.
SoMa has a new spot for wine (20 of ‘em) and beer (10) on tap, thanks to siblings and co-owners Jess and Matt Voss. The restaurant (billing itself as a wine pub) has a long wood bar and an enclosed front patio, plus a lofted mezzanine in the back. The menu is all about fun American-classic comfort food, including a housemade pretzel, “potater” tots, poutine, potpies, and bacon-wrapped meatloaf (uh huh).
One of the more recent openings on Valencia, Sante Salvoni (who was at Slow Club for many years) is now serving casual Southeast Asian dishes that are priced right. The restaurant is still working out some “we just opened” kinks, but both meat eaters and vegetarians need to try the tofu-mushroom rice bowl, which is packed with flavor (and is only $12).
Opening tonight (!) in the former Hunan Garden space is this casual brick-and-mortar location from the folks behind the JapaCurry food truck. The izakaya menu has a variety of ramen, plus fried chicken and some homey dishes (think beef stew). And how convenient, you can swing by neighboring Pisco for a drink before or after dinner.
Marcia Gagliardi is the contributing food editor for 7x7 and author of the weekly Tablehopper e-column and book The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, and read more at tablehopper.com.