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Inside San Francisco (Jul 5th, 2019)

Hey, there, SF! As you know from my message on Wednesday, this newsletter is in the capable hands of Shane Downing as of this coming Monday. But I couldn't let you all go without a nice long chat with you on food - after all, you've put up with my takes on SF"s city hall, crime, and transit, for over a year, now, so it's the least I can do.

Below, I've set you up with what I consider the most delightful new restaurants in the city, almost all of which have opened in the first half of 2019. Hang onto this email for those days you have no idea what to eat and are in the mood for something new, then drop me a line to let me know what you think! I'm still here editing Inside Media, and am on Twitter at @eveb and Instagram at @evelb. See you around!

-- Eve

One note: As these are all new places that might still be working out their kinks, please do double check hours of operation before you hop into that Uber. The food biz is hard and sometimes spots have to close unexpectedly for the day, so if you don't have a reservation, assume nothing.

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1. Che Fico Alimentari. This spin-off of the Divis sensation opened in April, but it's a more casual affair: A wine bar, grocery, and salumeria located beneath the main restaurant.

834 Divisadero Street
5:30-11:00 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday
5:30-12:00 a.m. Friday - Saturday

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2. Dumpling Specialist. Rebecca and Paul Yu closed their cult fave Dumpling Kitchen, but just couldn't stay away. They've reopened in a microscopic Parkside spot, making sure their XLB and SJB will be in even greater and more obsessive demand.

1123 Taraval Street
11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily

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3. Willkommen. Inside an industrial space on Market street you'll find a German-inspired beer garden, complete with sausages, cheese spaetzle, and 26 taps. My husband, who immigrated to SF from Germany in the early 1980s, says it's the real deal.

2198 Market Street
11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. daily

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4. One65This item should really be considered 4-8, as One65 is home to four different venues across six floors, all from Michelin Star chef Claude Le Tohic. Only three of the four venues were open when I visited in May, so consider this a provisional recommendation, but a rec nonetheless, for the pastries, French food, and crafty cocktails you'll find across its 25,000 square feet of space.

165 O'Farrell St
Check One65's website for hours and days of operation.

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5. The VaultIf that part of "Inside Man" where Clive Owen eats pizza with the kid is your idea of a great time, you're going to love The Vault. It's inside - literally - an old bank vault, and the food, while spendy, isn't so high-priced that you'll have to rob a...fine, I'll show myself out.

555 California Street
11:30 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Monday-Friday
5-10 p.m. Saturday

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6. Daily DriverThis Dogpatch cafe makes its own bagels and cheese, making it one of the city's only creameries. They're still working out their hours so definitely call before making the trip for a bagel sandwich, granola, or salad.

2535 3rd Street
6 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday-Friday
7 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

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7. ChalosThis venue serves Argentinian-style churros, empanadas, coffee, wine, and beer in a sweetly decorated space in an unassuming Parkside business strip. You can get your empanadas (they have 15 flavors) baked or fried, but, folks, this is best as an an eat-in place, with your dinner and dessert consumed while it's all piping hot.

2240 Taraval Street
7 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday
7 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday
8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday

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6. Mahila. Specializing in the food of Malaysia's Mamak community, expect meals that feel like a mashup between Chinese, Indian and Polynesian/Malay styles, with a healthy dose of California thrown in.

1320 Castro Street
5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

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8. The Pawn Shop. If The Vault's gimmick feels too glitzy for you, perhaps you'd prefer Pawn Shop, a restaurant hidden behind the facade of a fake "loan" operation that serves low ABV cocktails, tapas, wine, and beer.

993 Mission Street
4 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday
4 p.m. - 12 a.m. Tuesday-Thursday
4 p.m. - 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday

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9. Lucho's. This Lakeside spot serves breakfast, lunch, and brunch six days a week, but we're not talking your typical eggs and toast. Its eponymous owner is from the Yucatán region of Mexico​​​​​​, and it shows, with meat eaters telling me that their cochinita pibil (that's a traditional dish of pork marinated in red achiote paste and citrus juice, wrapped in banana leaves, and slow-roasted) is the best they've ever had. 

2675 Ocean Avenue
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

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10. Beit Rima. Owner Samir Mogannam refers to the Palestinian and Jordanian cuisine served at his place as "Arabic comfort food” like Muhammara (a pepper spread made with pomegranate molasses) and Chicken Shish Tawook. Just like mom used to make!

138 Church Street
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday

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Eve Batey, who pens Inside San Francisco and Inside Media for you five days a week, is a writer, editor, and consultant based in San Francisco. You can find her on Instagram at @evelb, or email her at eve@inside.com.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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