To keep tabs on every San Francisco restaurant and bar opening is folly. But to keep tabs on the most worthy? Yeoman’s work, and we’re proud to do it. Thus we present Table Stakes, a monthly rundown of the five (or so) must-know spots that have swung wide their doors in the past thirty (or so). Bon appétit.
The dining options at the Applewood Inn and Spa got a big-league upgrade with last week’s debut of Revival, which is so focused on local foodstuffs that the desired range isn’t just limited to Sonoma County, but specifically western Sonoma County.
Healdsburg is already our favorite Wine Country destination, and it's only gonna get better with the addition of Duke’s, the new cocktail bar courtesy of three Spoonbar alums. As you’d expect, herbs and edibles are produced on the premises; our selection is the Root 116, with Benham's Gin, apple, lager reduction, ginger, coriander and lemon.
If you’re tired of rolling out the platinum card for omakase, we hope you will consider this newest entry in the genre: Sushi Hon in the MIssion. Compare the $65, 11-course price tag to Omakase, which comes in at $150, and it’ll be clear why the excitement level here is so high.
Woods Island Club
Sometimes we don’t ask anything more from our bars than a sandy relaxation area — even if it means getting ourselves to Treasure Island. Think: 4,000 square feet, sand and date palms, plus an outdoor bar with four beers on tap and twice that number in the equally sizable indoor tasting room.
Mr. Holmes Bakehouse
Next time you’re looking for a tasty snack anywhere near Montgomery and Bush, do yourself a favor and head to the new Mr. Holmes Bakehouse in this handy, FiDi location. The menu’s not as extensive as the Tenderloin mothership, but if you’re looking for a coffee and a baked good, it’ll do in a pinch. Mornings only.