Saison - I haven't been since pandemic and I went last month and it was *great*. I've had the great fortune of dining at Saison since 2009 when they were a one day a week popup. The food was creative, delicious. The service was top notch, gracious. The drinks/wines were fantastic. The environment was bespoke but comfortable. They will get their 3rd star next year. Splurge on.
Outta Sight - this was on my list last year as a head's up for you. Since then Eric has opened up a brick and mortar! Their pizza is awesome. I'm particularly addicted to their hoagies right now - crazy good bread from Rize bakery - italian deli, mortadella melt, chopped roast pork+ramp sando. getting hungry just writing this.
Horsefeather - yes, I'm pimping one of my own. We brought in a new kitchen leader a couple of months ago and the food is *on point*. A new dish - plant based tuna ceviche - is crazy good along with our great burger, 2 piece fried chicken dinner, and the surprise hit of the summer... crispy mochi (think french toast fingers, but better)
Daeho - in particular I want to advocate for their beef soup. They are best known for their galbi jjim but their soup is next level
Four Kings - currently a pop up around town. I serendipitously wandered into Buddy one Weds, forgetting that they host pop ups every Weds. Two chefs - both alums of Mr. Jiu's - were slinging 'canto' comfort food, elevated. My fave bite this year was their aged, smoked, roasted squab. Time stopped.
Seakor deli - polish deli on Geary Ave where they smoke and cure all their own meats. And cheap! We love their terrine that looks and taste like Spam, their sausages.
Basecamp - Nepalese food in the Mission. Their fried noodles is one of my fave dishes this year.
Liholiho Yacht Club - You know and love this restaurant. It is hard to get in (but not that hard right now). Any dish with pork is gold.
Anchovy Bar - I'm a sucker for little oily fishes. I went for the first time this summer (thanks Karen Li!) and the toast with tomato and house cured anchovy is sublime. 2 orders of those and a glass of wine makes an incredible meal (for me at least).