Recent Openers January 1-7, 2014
Alta CA: Daniel Patterson has brought market-driven, region-specific dishes to mid-Market in a new restaurant named after a 19th century newspaper. House specialties include Pacific black cod with broccoli, black garlic, and dumplings. Full bar serves barrel-aged cocktails. 1420 Market, 590-2585, altaca.co.
Great China: Rising from the ashes after a destructive fire two years ago, this Berkeley Chinese restaurant has reopened a block from its original location. Classic Chinese-American food is still the focus — walnut prawns, Peking duck, stir-fried crab — and there's a new tea menu. 2190 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, (510) 843-7996, greatchinaberkeley.com.
La Nebbia: The casual spinoff of Noe Valley's popular Sardinian restaurant features prosciutto, pizza, and other light bites along with a well-curated Italian wine list. 1781 Church, 874-9924, lanebbia.com.
Third Rail: Cocktails and jerky are on the menu at this new railroad-themed Dogpatch bar from the team behind Range. The jerky comes in beef, pork, and veggie varieties. 628 20th St., thirdrailbar.com.
Verbena: This Russian Hill Cali-cuisine spot comes from the folks behind Berkeley's Gather. Expect menu items like duck meatballs, pig trotter terrine, and seafood sausage, along with a producer-focused wine list. 2323 Polk, 441-2323, verbenarestaurant.com.