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A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats.
1601 Bar & Kitchen: After many delays, San Francisco's first Sri Lankan restaurant is now open in SOMA. Expect a cuisine with elements of Thai and Indian cooking – a must-order is an egg hopper, a soft-cooked egg in a rice paper crepe served with assorted chutneys. 1601 Howard, 552-1601. 1601sf.com.
Coqueta: Michael Chiarello, of Food Network and Napa fame, has opened a Spanish-themed restaurant on the Embarcadero with sweeping Bay views. Tapas make up most of the menu, and there's an interesting, sherry-rich cocktail list (including frozen sangria!). Pier 5, 704-8866. coquetasf.com.
Moxy: This spare new Berkeley beer garden has a fire pit, dart board, 14 beers on tap, and a pub grub menu that includes hearty burgers and truffle fries topped with parmesan and parsley. 3136 Sacramento St., Berkeley, 510-547-6699. moxybeergarden.com.
Seaglass Restaurant/The Seismic Joint: The brand new Exploratorium encompasses two restaurants, both accessible from the Embarcadero. Seaglass is the more upscale, with a pretty, glass-tiled bar and a seafood-heavy menu that also has tacos, rotisserie, and comfort food. The Seismic Joint is a casual café for a pick-me-up between exhibits. Pier 15, 528-4893.
Wild Hare: Alice in Wonderland is the theme at this new Pacific Heights bar/gastroclub from the folks behind Bullitt, Tonic, and Mayhem. The new menu's claim to fame? A burger with grilled cheese sandwiches instead of buns. 2801 California, 539-3200.