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Best New Neighborhood Restaurant San Francisco 2007 - Nopa

Nopa

Nopa

560 Divisadero

San Francisco, CA 94117

415-864-8643

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Nopa, a hit from the day it opened, has helped to both name and define its neighborhood, the area north of the Panhandle. Throngs arrive nightly at the lofty, two-storied space, restored to its original glory (it was built as a stately bank, but in recent years had been reduced to serving as a launderette), and boasting huge windows, cartoony murals, and a long, bustling bar. One sign of its success: Reservations are taken a month in advance. Diners lucky enough to score a table enjoy a rustic, organic, Mediterranean wood-fired cuisine, featuring dishes ranging from a house-ground burger with harissa aioli to a seafood stew with saffron and rouille. Stellar starters include tiny crackling fried fish served with fennel and romesco sauce, flatbread topped with sausage, broccoli de cicco, and red onions, and lamb riblets with a sticky pomegranate glaze. If the Moroccan vegetable tagine is on the menu, don't miss it: The spring version featured asparagus, zucchini, beets, onions, and more, in a cumin-scented tomatoey sauce, dotted with fresh lemony yogurt and big crunchy almonds. We barely had room for freshly fried doughnut holes served with warm orange honey.
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Milan
Milan

Jesus H Christ, people. It's just a restaurant. I've lived in "NOPA" or The Western Addition or The Panhandle/USF or whatever you want to call it for 6 years. Places come and go. They do not define the neighborhood. That is up to the residents. Considering the only commercial zone in our whole neighborhood is a tiny stretch of Divisadero street, my advice is to stop worrying about it. If you don't like NOPA, don't go. I don't think they'll mind.

nobody
nobody

ive lived here for over 3 years in the "western addition" neighborhood. exactly one block from where NOPA was built. to me, the NOPA restaurant seems out of place (across the street from popeyes) and is far from defining the neigborhood. i think most of the people that do eat at nopa aren't even from the neigborhood. the honest truth is that the location has become sort of a tourist attraction nowadays. i choose not to support the restaurant or the overpriced grocery store/deli that sprouted around the same time behind bank of america along with generic apt complex. the north of the panhandle/western addition area is just becoming another elitist dining location. i think we people that live in the neigborhood need to show our concern and stop suporting places like NOPA.

nobody
nobody

ive lived here for over 3 years in the "western addition" neighborhood. exactly one block from where NOPA was built. to me, the NOPA restaurant seems out of place (across the street from popeyes) and is far from defining the neigborhood. i think most of the people that do eat at nopa aren't even from the neigborhood. the honest truth is that the location has become sort of a tourist attraction nowadays. i choose not to support the restaurant or the overpriced grocery store/deli that sprouted around the same time behind bank of america along with generic apt complex. the north of the panhandle/western addition area is just becoming another elitist dining location. i think we people that live in the neigborhood need to show our concern and stop suporting places like NOPA.

nobody
nobody

ive lived here for over 3 years in the "western addition" neighborhood. exactly one block from where NOPA was built. to me, the NOPA restaurant seems out of place (across the street from popeyes) and is far from defining the neigborhood. i think most of the people that do eat at nopa aren't even from the neigborhood. the honest truth is that the location has become sort of a tourist attraction nowadays. i choose not to support the restaurant or the overpriced grocery store/deli that sprouted around the same time behind bank of america along with generic apt complex. the north of the panhandle/western addition area is just becoming another elitist dining location. i think we people that live in the neigborhood need to show our concern and stop suporting places like NOPA.

Marke B.
Marke B.

I've lived there for 14 years -- and I'm proud to call it the Western Addition rather than some whitebread name imposed on it by rich pukes ("Polk Village" anyone?) who are too afraid of black people to enjoy the actual history of the area ... in truth we used to call the area the Armpit because it's where the panhandle met lower haight met western addition. But it's nice to see the Weekly buy in so easily to the whole gentrification thing -- I guess in a couple years they'll be awarding things to Gefi (Geary Fillmore) Thi-How (Third and Howard), BaHu (Bayview Hunters Point) and MidMa (Mid-Market) -- all neighborhoods schedule for "redevelopment." Well, at least they'll have good expensive late-night restaurants! Maybe the poor folk can wash dishes ...

Beth
Beth

While I agree with the review about Nopa's cuisine, I take offense that the restaurant has "named and defined the neighborhood." I've lived in Nopa for more than three years and we've been calling the neighborhood that for much longer. The boundaries are technically Divis, Fell, Turk and Masonic, although truthfully we are part of the Western Addition. I'm happy to see that we're considered hip by other San Franciscans, but to state that the name of the neighborhood was defined by the restaurant is just wrong.

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