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Barkada Bakery and Café: This new Temescal joint is pushing local coffee, tea, grains, and even meat — and by "local," it means "Oakland." Christina Bondoc and partner Rick Yarussi named it after the Tagalog word for "a gathering of friends." Plenty of choices for morning pastries, and the afternoon brings a selection of sandwiches and salads. 4316 Telegraph, Oakland, 510-239-7314. BarkadaBakeryCafe.com.
Kitchen Mojo: Replacing the shuttered Pizza Nostra in Potrero Hill, owner Winona Matsuda has opened this amalgam of cuisines with a little help from the owners of HRD Coffee Shop. Along with burgers, salads, and fries, there are unique items like popcorn shrimp kimchi po' boys and Asian burritos. 300 De Haro, 552-6656.
Novela: Literature is the theme at this clubby bar at Mission and Third. Drinks are named after characters from novels like Leopold Bloom (hibiscus gin, pineapple syrup, mint) and Atticus Finch (bourbon, Earl Grey honey, balsamic bitters). But the star of the menu is the six flavors of punch on tap. 862 Mission. NovelaBarSF.com.
Paprika: This new sausage-and-beer-fest in the Mission is keeping it simple with offerings ranging from brats and kielbasa to small-town, craft brews from just outside of Prague. There are full boots of Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier as well. Don't skimp on the sauerkraut! 3324 24th, 283-7941.
Stella Nonna: Filling the space left by the Wilderness Exchange, this new Berkeley venture is headed by Tim Carlon and Sarah Nasgovitz, who have been running a catering business by the same name for 15 years. Their initial dinner menu shows some heavy American New and Italian influences in a modern space. 1407 San Pablo, Berkeley, 510-524-3400. StellaNonna.com.
Trattoria da Vittorio: Now open in West Portal, this Southern-Italian and pizza spot takes its name from owner Vittorio d'Urzo, who has previously managed Italian restaurants in the Peninsula. The menu features housemade pastas and gnocchi, short ribs Genovese, veal, and pizza fired in the restaurant's centerpiece red-tiled pizza oven. 150 West Portal, 742-0300. trattoriadavittorio.com.