With apologies to the Marina’s vigorous fist-pumpers and yoga-panted gazelles, there’s something of a renaissance afoot in the Dub Steppes of SF’s northern flank.
Something … tasty.
To wit: Sabrosa, a kitchen-driven cocktail bar with crisp looks and the substance to back them up, opening tonight in the husk of the shuttered City Tavern.
Helming the bites: Nopalito’s founding chef José Ramos and his folio of recipes and techniques inspired by the Mexican kitchens of his youth.
We’re talking seared ribeye — spiced Mayan style — chayote mingling with dungeness crab, pomegranate-laced ceviche and a beet and kale salad that’s reason enough to claim a booth.
Behind the bar: San Diego's Matt Stanton, a veteran bar owner in his own right looking to sharpen his teeth in SF's craft cocktail scene.
Out the gate we suggest his Pepino Diablo, an eye-opening silver tequila gimlet spiced with serrano pepper.
Mostly, we recommend getting in before word gets out.