When HuffPost San Francisco first visited State Bird Provisions, the playful new small plate restaurant from Rubicon alums Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, we knew we had tried something special. And now it seems that Bon Appetit couldn't agree more.
In its feature "The Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants," the national magazine listed the State Bird Provisions in the number one spot without mincing words. "State Bird Provisions is the Best New Restaurant in America," wrote Andrew Knowlton. He also called every dish "a masterpiece."
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Bon Appetit lauded the restaurant's dim sum-style cart service, its casual atmosphere and all-around fun experience. But most importantly, it lauded the food.
"Pretty much everything I ate had me clamoring for more," wrote Knowlton.
The honor comes as little surprise: State Bird (and the chefs behind it) have already been praised by the New York Times ("[Brioza] he will be one of the best chefs in America"), Conde Nast Traveler (where to go in the city for appetizers), Tasting Table ("...impossible to stop eating") and a host of local publications.
And while we're not food critics, we're not surprised. Though State Bird may be "casual," Brioza and Krasinski's passion for serious food and new ideas is palpable. (On a recent HuffPost SF trip, Brioza presented a savory seafood and bone marrow soup in ceramic cups he had made himself.)
Though San Francisco has always been a food city, the restaurant scene has experienced a special shine these past few years. Last week, two San Francisco restaurants (SPQR and Coi) were listed among the best in the world by Newsweek, and in May, Boulevard took home the James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant.
"New York restaurants have really taken a look west in a way that they haven't done before," said Boulevard chef and owner Nancy Oakes in an interview with The Huffington Post. "[Some San Francisco restaurants] are taking culinary risks and doing something really interesting."
Watch Bon Appetit's video interview with the founders of State Bird Provisions below. Then, see which other restaurants made Bon Appetit's list here.
Main photo courtesy of Bonjwing Lee, the ulterior epicure.