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Ala Romana: The former Rue Saint Jacques space has gotten an Italian enoteca face-lift as chef David Taylor, formerly of A16, leads the kitchen with dishes like wood-fired artichokes, nettle and ricotta gnocchi, and lamb tortellini. 1098 Jackson, 292-3699, alaromana.com.
Kingston 11: It started as a pop-up, but now owners Nigel Jones, Adrian Henderson, and Andre King have brought Caribbean cuisine to Oakland. Look for small plates of spicy grilled shrimp, oxtail stew, curry crab, and a full-service rum bar. 2270 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, (510) 214-2311.
Marla Bakery Kitchen Communal: Amy Brown and Joe Wolf have opened up a pop-up window out of their commercial kitchen. Menu items include sweet and savory scones, pain au chocolat, bagels and a $15 lunch combo that includes savory pie, roasted butternut squash salad, and honey-quince pot de creme for dessert. 613 York, marlabakery.com.
Osmanthus: This new Sichuan venue highlights dishes like ma po tofu, twice-cooked pork belly, and small plates like dry-fried chicken wings with Sichuan peppercorns. 6048 College Ave., Oakland; (510) 923-1233, osmanthusrestaurant.com.
Sabrosa: The Marina's latest upscale Mexican spot, from the same team that brought you The Brixton. Chef Jose Ramos' menu spans multiple regions and recipes from his family with dishes like fish empanadas, pomegranate guacamole, and pork short rib confit in mole. 3200 Fillmore, 638-6500, sabrosasf.com.
Stones Throw: Taking over the former Luella space, Michael Mina vets have gathered to bring casual, seasonal food that spans cultures. Look for crispy pork chiccarones, squid ink conchiglie, and roasted king salmon. 1896 Hyde.
Trocadero Club: Dennis Leary and Eric Passetti's new cocktail bar at the corner of Geary and Leavenworth pays homage to the city that has pretty much always had a bar named Trocadero, dating back to an old roadhouse in the Barbary Coast days. 701 Geary, trocaderosf.com.