The Saratoga (1000 Larkin). Two floors, obscure liquors, a menu section labeled “hearty,” and a large-format bourbon-and-rum-based cocktail going for $100 make this Tenderloin spot a force to be reckoned with. Members of the team hail from Spruce, so there’s going to be a serious burger.
Sasaki (2400 Harrison). The $200 omakase menu is the only option and the counter is the only place to eat it at this 12-seat, Mission sushi restaurant opened by Masaki Sasaki and Takanori Wada. And nothing is fried.
Fort Green (736 Washington, Oakland). Uncomplicated and affordable, this fancy sports bar in Old Oakland features bar snacks like harissa peanuts and chicken wings with citrus, honey and green chili, all by Cortney Burns and Nick Balla. One cool-sounding cocktail is the “Luau at the Fort” (coconut spiced rum, orange liqueur, falernum, lemon, and pineapple.)
Werowocomoco (22281 Chianti Rd., Geyserville). Francis Ford Coppola convened a council of elders to maybe defray some of the criticism over cultural appropriation at this “American Native” restaurant at the Virginia Dare Winery. We’ll withhold any judgment, not having been, but the menu does reveal some thought, humor, and creativity. There’s ground bison fry bread tacos, venison chili, and a dessert called “Pinecone” (pine ice cream on a waffle cone).
Recchiuti Confections at theLab (801 22nd St.). Recchiuti’s new retail location in the Dogpatch, two doors down from the now-shuttered Little Nib, will have everything the confectioner sells elsewhere plus a Whoopie cake, hot drinking chocolate, and more.
Tartine Manufactory (595 Alabama). It’s been open for months, but it’s now serving dinner, too, with plenty of bread (duh) including not one but two smørrebrøds, along with plenty of grains and nibbles, fried artichokes, and a ribeye.
And Scheduled Openings
Santo at La Victoria (2937 24th St.). La Victoria, the family-owned Mexican bakery, now has a Type 47 liquor license application in the works, and Inside Scoop reports that it’ll close for three or four months this winter and reopen with a bar with a dozen or so cheap (under $10) eats.
RT Rotisserie (101 Oak). A Rich Table spinoff, Inside Scoop describes the over all vibe as closer to that of Souvla, the fast-casual Greek spot elsewhere in Hayes Valley. The menu is full of things like a half-chicken, umami fries, and veggie wraps.
Unnamed Cosecha project (3455 Champion St., Oakland.) The team behind Cosecha is up to something. Eater reports that the five-year-old Oakland Mexican restaurant has taken over the long-vacant Dimond Firehouse and will open a second restaurant with a wood-fired oven and full bar, sometimes next year.