Bay Area

Hog Island Oyster Co.

Don’t miss the recently revamped Hog Island Oyster Co. at the Ferry Building. You might have to wait outside in a short line, even on Wednesday evening, but it’s worth your time (plus, you can stare at the gorgeous Bay view behind you if you’re really grumpy about waiting).

Exquisite oysters, excellent drinks (I loved the Marshall Mule), salads, ceviche, mussels — oh, and grilled cheese, because why not. Sitting outside on a nice night is beautiful but the inside is great too — it was expanded and remodeled earlier this year.

Hog Island Oyster Co. // San Francisco Ferry Bldg #11A, San Francisco

Wise Sons @ the Contemporary Jewish Museum

Here’s your plan for next Saturday or Sunday: Head to the Contemporary Jewish Museum downtown to check out a very interesting home-and-design exhibit, and make sure you leave room for lunch at Wise Sons’ museum outpost. The Jewish deli has a full restaurant in the Mission and very fittingly opened a branch at the museum in early 2014. Same food options, same deliciousness. I am not a big reuben fan, but Wise Sons’ version of the sandwich is excellent. You can choose from pastrami (which I tried, and is reportedly rubbed with coriander and black pepper and then smoked over hickory for seven hours), corned beef, smoked turkey or even a veggie option (done with king trumpet mushrooms). Even the standard turkey sandwich was amazing. Pickled red onions hit the spot and dressed it up. Wise Sons also serves De La Paz coffee, made practically down the street on Mission.

I’d love to go back to try the grilled cheese (made with cheddar on challah, whoa) and matzo ball soup.

Wise Sons Jewish Delicatessen // 746 Mission St. (museum) and 3150 24th St., San Francisco

Lolinda

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If you live in San Francisco and haven’t eaten at Lolinda, stop what you’re doing and make a beeline for this Mission restaurant immediately. Though it’s dubbed an Argentinian steakhouse, you need to get to the subhead: Argentinian steakhouse with strong California sensibilities. You could do quite well here as a pescatarian or vegetarian, with delicious veggie and fish dishes (the ceviche and swordfish skewers, in particular). Though I would feel bad for them, because they won’t get to taste what might be the best pork chop I’ve ever had, the most wonderfully juicy and flavor-stuffed chorizo sausage, among other meat dishes. A small serving of chimichurri sauce comes with most dishes; I wish I could get a bucket to go to slather on everything I eat on a regular basis.

Incredible space, as well, plus quality cocktails and wine and wonderful service. (Oh, and there’s a magical bar and Mexican restaurant on the roof that is always packed but worth checking out. Though if you’re going to eat, downstairs is where it’s at.) I can’t wait to go back.

Lolinda // 2518 Mission St., San Francisco

b. patisserie

IMG_9435Welcome to b. patisserie, a charming, modern French pastry spot in lower Pac Heights churning out tasty treats: croissants of all kinds, quiche, kouign-amann, tartines, you name it. Throw in Four Barrel coffee and lots of seating and you can’t go wrong.

Owner Belinda Leong — previously a pastry chef at Gary Danko in San Francisco — had been doing the pop-up thing for awhile before finally opening up her own brick and mortar. Her story is worth reading.

 

b. patisserie // 2821 California St., San Francisco