Recent Openers

A weekly listing of new dining spots around town. To recommend a spot, e-mail fresheats.

The Alchemist Bar & Lounge: A phonograph playing old-timey music sets the mood as you walk through the ground floor entrance of this second-floor SOMA bar. Upstairs, find vintage sofas, projected silent movies, and intriguing cocktails. 679 Third, 746-9968.

Hutong: The former Betelnut is revamped with a new focus on Asian street food, though chef Alexander Ong remains at the helm. The emphasis is on small plates, like kampachi sashimi, oxtail hot pot, roti canai with curry, and hand-cut noodles with wild boar. 2030 Union, 929-8855

Padrecito: Spinoff of the Marina's popular Mamacita brings exotic fare like goat tacos, duck carnitas chilaquiles, and nettle and green garlic quesadillas to Cole Valley. 901 Cole, 742-5505.

Shorty Goldstein's: New FiDi lunch spot has everything you'd want from a deli: pastrami, brisket, egg creams, chopped liver, matzo ball soup, latkes, knishes, and at breakfast, matzah brei and challah French toast. 126 Sutter, 986-2676.

South: Charles Phan's latest venture pairs New Orleans cuisine with the smooth sounds at the new SFJAZZ. Expect cornmeal-crusted fried oysters, chicken gumbo, and alligator sausage, accompanied by boubon-heavy drinks. 201 Franklin, 539-3905.

Waraku: Ramen in multiple varieties is the focus of this new Japantown spot – including tonkotsu, shoyu, and dipping noodles — though the menu also features Japanese favorites like octopus balls, gyoza, and karaage. 1638 Post, 292-3388.

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