Diners at Ottimista can peruse more than 35 wines by the glass to complement the locally sourced, seasonal, and organic ingredients that go into every item on Ottimista's menu. Start with a crisp flute of prosecco ($10) with an appetizer of saffron arancini with fontina ($7), or throw caution into the incinerator with a powerfully bold glass of cabernet franc from the Colli Orientali del Friuli region of Italy ($12). Share a quartino (one-third of a bottle) of the Sicilian nero d'Avola/frappato blend with your dining date ($18), paired with the cascade steelhead salmon with lemon, basil, and green beans ($17), or sink your teeth into the pan-seared organic short rib with twice-baked potato and pan-roasted Pescadero blue oyster mushroom ($19).
Food Inc. Trattoria seeks its inspiration from near and far. Beginning with as many locally sourced ingredients as possible, the eatery's chefs prepare seasonally rotating selections of pan-Mediterranean bistro cuisine.
The Wine Cellar
Rather than stick with just the basics, Food Inc. Trattoria's wine buyer hopes to introduce diners to lesser known varietals and winemaking regions. Greek moschofilero, French picpoul de pinet, and a ros? of Californian carignan represent a few choices from the everchanging list. The staff eagerly recommends bottles to share with a group of friends or newly discovered spirit animals.
Sink into soft cushions beneath honeycomb chandeliers as you slip into the Sunday morning feastival. Menu selections include a prawn salad with chicories and tangerines ($15) or house-made brioche french toast with spiced apples and maple syrup fraiche ($11). Well past noon, gingerly ease into the day as you would with a too-warm hot tub with a sparkling pinot noir ($5) and goat cheese semifreddo with melon granite and peppercorn meringue ($9). Nectar Wine Lounge carries more than 600 bottles of wine, along with standard brunch sips such as mimosas ($7). Eating, sipping, and socializing all take place within a cozy, coolly lit lounge atmosphere with a drizzling of natural light from an overhead skylight.
Long relegated to the bottle and glass, wine finds a new home at Fat Angel: the tap. Fat Angel has six wines on draft at all times, allowing guests to select pours not only by the standard glass or bottle, but also by the half-bottle. And that’s just wine; Fat Angel is also a beer-lover’s heaven, where more than 150 beers by the bottle, pint, and smaller pour suit every type of taste bud. There’s sour smoked wheat ale from Germany, dark Double Chocolate English Stout by Wells & Young’s, and crisp Rising Sun Baird Brewing Co.’s Pale Ale from Japan. And one can’t forget to mention the signature cocktails that headline the drink menu, including a chic and classic champagne cocktail with house-made bitters.
The San Francisco Chronicle can’t seem to pick a favorite aspect of Fat Angel. From its handy location—near Yoshi’s, the Fillmore, and Sundance Kabuki Cinema—to its whimsical décor, which includes organ pipes above the bar and a lavish chandelier. Then, of course, there are the killer small plates perfect for soaking up all those libations. Salty fried capers put everyday bar peanuts to shame, and crusty loaves of sourdough or French bread may be elegantly dressed with cheese and meat plates or a selection of butters in flavors such as maple bacon and garlic chili. Larger plates including a chicken pot pie help appease heartier appetites, while Irish cheddar-topped sliders arrive three to a plate, making them ideal for sharing or juggling between rounds.
Bin 38 fuses an impressive selection of wine and beer with a spread of small plates, entrees, and shareable snacks made from local and seasonal ingredients. This Marina District hangout has become a popular destination for groups of friends and dates—read on to learn more.
Diners aren’t the only ones who’ve taken notice of Mezes’ authentic take on Greek food—in 2013, CBS added the restaurant to its list of “Best Tasting Menus in San Francisco” for flavor and price. Read on to see why else Mexes is worth a visit.
They know how to start the week off right. They feature a special three-course tasting menu every Monday night. For $19, you get tzatziki and melitzanosalata spreads with warm pita, horiatiki (tomatoes, cucumbers, green pepper, red onion, olives, and feta), and a choice of marinated chicken skewers, grilled salmon, or slow-cooked lamb shank.
The wine selection is more than impressive. The extensive wine list features a large lineup of local bottles and imported wines from Greece and Cyprus.
Vegetarians need apply. The menu here is plenty accommodating to herbivores, featuring the likes of spanakopita, zucchini cakes, and stuffed tomato and pepper.
It’s perfect for a group outing. The word meze literally means “small plate”. Come with plenty of friends, order a ton of dishes, and pass them around.
The happy hour is something to truly get happy about. In addition to serving specially priced small plates, they take $4 off the price of their by-the-glass wines until 7 p.m. every day.