In between attending the slew of upcoming holiday parties and get-togethers, you still gotta eat! Here’s your monthly reminder of five new spots that recently opened around town.
Tony Gemignani of Tony’s Pizza Napoletana is at is again, although this time his pizza perfection obsession is all about Chicago-style pizzas. There are four traditional Chicago styles you’ll find: cracker-thin crust (served in squares), deep dish, stuffed (which is like deep dish but comes with a lid of dough and sauce on top), and cast-iron, along with a special “quattro forni” creation. Enjoy a “Made Man” cocktail while your pizza bakes. Call for your reservation now at 415-986-8998. The vibe is very Chicago 1930s, and so is the payment plan: Cash only.
Fans of Michael Recchiuti’s chocolate creations can now swing by his new outpost in the Dogpatch which is serving much more than his delicious chocolate confections: the Chocolate Lab is open for lunch, dinner, drinks, and everything in between. You can select something off the savory menu of tartines on Firebrand bread (like bay shrimp, or chickpea and vegetables), or cheese and charcuterie plates. And, of course, there’s a dessert menu with chocolate and caramel plated desserts, plus cookies, pastries, and more (including vino, coffee, hot chocolate, and tea).
Dynamo Donut and Coffee Kiosk
You a fan of donuts? Yeah, you’re not alone. The next time you finish your jog along the Marina Green, you can swing by the new Dynamo kiosk and score donuts and Four Barrel Coffee—and enjoy a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Kiosk hours are Tue.–Sat. 8am–4pm and Sun. 9am–4pm. The location is 110 Yacht Rd., just off Baker Street at Marina Boulevard on the Marina Green (in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club).
The Little Chihuahua: Valencia
Are you a fan of The Little Chihuahua’s tortilla soup and fried plantain and black bean burrito? Now you can score those local favorites and more at the third location that just opened in the former Urbun Burger space on Valencia. The menu is mostly the same as the other locations—except they won’t be doing nachos and enchiladas for now. (Since the website isn’t updated yet, the address is 581 Valencia St. at 17th St., 415-355-9144).
Looking for some “upscale” Mexican food downtown? Sure, this place is a national chain, but they’re trying to do a local spin on the menu (and the ingredients they use). While our local love for the authentic flavors at the taqueria can’t be touched, sometimes an after-work bite of tableside guacamole, queso fundido, and flautas (with a couple margaritas) is just what you need to numb the after-effects of a day full of conference calls.
Marcia Gagliardi is author of the weekly tablehopper e-column and book The Tablehopper’s Guide to Dining and Drinking in San Francisco. Read more at tablehopper.com.