Picking a restaurant in Hayes Valley used to be easy. But lately, there have been more openings than we have nights to eat out. Thai? German? Yakitori? And hold that thought -- there are two more opening just this week.
As Grubstreet recently pointed out, Hayes Valley is experiencing a serious culinary renaissance.
For an area that is traditionally known for shopping, Hayes Valley sure is making a name for itself in food. And why not? Though the boom is fairly recent, Hayes Valley has been home to some of the most innovative restaurants in San Franciso: Jardiniere, Suppenkuche, Zuni, Bar Jules, Sebo and the granddaddy of new-classic San Francisco fare, Absinthe.
And now, local diners can add a few more stops to the list. It's a good time to be in Hayes Valley.
Check out some of the newest stars in Hayes Valley's culinary constellation in our slideshow below:
Owners Scott Broccoli and Danny Sterling hail from Dobbs Ferry, New York -- a tiny seaside town in Westchester County, New York -- and Dobbs Ferry, opening Monday, is a stab at bringing a little slice of that to San Francisco. This translates to corned beef sandwiches on rye, steak and mushroom hash and eggplant parm served in a cozy little bistro.
Two Sisters Bar and Books is "a place to hang out with books, not feel like dorks, and have a proper drink," according to the sisters. Visitors find Brussels leaf salad, bread pudding and killer micheladas in a space that feels a lot like the tiny living room of a devastatingly cool bohemian hostess. Photo by Klassy Goldberg/Refinery29
As the name suggests, Biergarten is quite literally a garden so steer clear during the rain. But on a late summer day, there's no better spot for a brat and a beer in the city. Biergarten offers classic biergarten fare like salted pretzels, lardo on brown bread and hot bratwurst, as well as plenty of beer. It's already skyrocketed in popularity (Yelpers seem to have a great time whining about the lines), but grab a beer -- it's worth the wait.
A HuffPost staff favorite, Boxing Room is the latest child of the Absinthe Group, but it would stand on its own feet without the hype. Boxing Room serves traditional Cajun and Creole dishes like hushpuppies, deep-fried alligator (pictured above) and rabbit and dumplings. But we would swear off fried food eternally for one more of their garlic-herb-butter-breadcrumb charbroiled oysters.
Opening on Friday, Lers Ros will serve classic Thai plates alongside unexpected dishes like garlic frog and chicken entrails with basil. The enormous menu will surely appeal to everyone, allowing the chef to be daring with dishes like the beef and galangal, which Michael Bauer wrote "was so fiery, in fact, it raised welts on my tongue. I loved it; kind of the only version of S&M that appeals."
Specializing in Japanese skewers, Nojo serves traditional yakitori like chicken skin with sea salt and lemon, pork belly on a stick and bacon-wrapped scallions. Larger plates like crispy pork ribs and gyouza make Nojo a perfect dinner spot, and the solid beer and sake collections make it an easy transition into the night.