Flores (2030 Union). The latest from the fast-casual steamroller that is Adriano Paganini’s Back of the House Inc., and hot on the heels of The Bird, is this everything-under-$20 Mexican restaurant with plenty of mole and mezcal, plus some less-familiar options like a quesadilla acelgas (braised greens, Oaxacan cheese, and salsa verde).
Corks (4342 California St.) Richmond blog has the skinny on this neighborhood wine bar, whose opening has a “wite wine” section but otherwise looks pretty charming, with lots of cheese and charcuterie.
Single Thread Farms (131 North St., Healdsburg). Although it’s unlikely that most mortals will have the opportunity to dine here in the foreseeable future, Kyle and Katina Connaughton’s extremely anticipated restaurant and inn has opened. The 11-course menu (with $155/$295 wine pairing) pales before the $700-$1,000 price tag for a sleepover, but yeah, I want to go, too. Inside Scoop has an opening menu.
The Miranda (1739 Broadway, Oakland). It’s a craft cocktail bar where the names of all the drinks are hotel-related. Try a Room 237 (Gancia Americano, Cocchi Americano, Agricanto, sparkling rosé, and lemon), but watch out for the creepy dead twins in party dresses.
Manitas Cafe (2078 Hayes). Salvadorean food is no longer in such short supply outside the Mission with this new spot on Hayes and Cole, which Hoodline reports is full of tamales, pupusas, sandwiches, coffee, wine and beer — and also bagels.
Salt & Straw Ice Cream (2201 Fillmore). The Portland-and-L.A. ice cream shop will open up on Fillmore in March 2017, with a Hayes Valley location slated for later in the spring. The shops in different cities have different flavors, but it sure would be nice to get some Freckled Woodblock Chocolate and/or Pear & Blue Cheese.
Dip (1318 Grant Ave.). A sandwich shop devoted to French dips? Sold! North Beach gets in on the action, porchetta a la roma and all, next Friday, Dec. 9.
Chica (303 Oakland Ave., Oakland). From pop-up to Off the Grid staple to Telegraph Hill service window and now to full-service restaurant, Eater reports that Maria Esquivel’s Mexican concept will open in Oakland next week.
Boba Guys (1522 Fillmore). Hoodline reports that the five-year-old homegrown Taiwanese bubble tea chain will continue its expansion blitz with a new location in the Western Addition, scheduled to open as early as the middle of the month.
Obispo (3266 24th St.). Very near the 24th Street BART station, Thad Vogler of Trou Normand and Bar Agricole will open a rum bar sometime in the spring, according to Eater.
Nobu (180 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto). The see-and-be-seen sushi restaurant with 30 locations on five continents will replace Lure + Till in Palo Alto’s Epiphany Hotel in June of next year, Eater reports. The omakase menus at the L.A. location run between $100-$200, which would actually put Nobu it below the top tier of Bay Area sushi, but we’ll see.