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Hard Water: Charles Phan's new Embarcadero spot has a New Orleans theme, with dishes like boiled peanuts, seafood gumbo, okra etouffee, braised rabbit, and a raw bar featuring Hog Island oysters and cracked crab. Plus, a two-page whiskey menu and short list of whiskey-based cocktails. Pier 3, 392-3021. hardwaterbar.com.

Hutong: The former Betelnut is revamped with a new focus on Asian street food, though chef Alexander Ong remains at the helm. The menu's emphasis is on small plates, like kampachi sashimi, oxtail hot pot, roti canai with curry, and hand-cut noodles with wild boar. 2030 Union, 929-8855

Padrecito: Spinoff of the Marina's popular Mamacita brings exotic fare like goat tacos, duck carnitas chilaquiles, and nettle and green garlic quesadillas to Cole Valley. 901 Cole, 742-5505. padrecitosf.com.

Pica Pica Maize Kitchen: The Bay Area's popular arepa purveyor just opened its third location in the Castro. Unlike its other locations, this one offers table service, and an expanded menu that includes nachos made with taro chips and yucca beignets for dessert. 3970 17th, 525-3359. picapicakitchen.com

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