Recent Openers December 18-24, 2013

Alta CA: Daniel Patterson has brought market-driven, region-specific dishes to mid-Market in a new restaurant named after a 19th century newspaper. House specialties include Pacific black cod with broccoli, black garlic, and dumplings. Full bar serves barrel-aged cocktails. 1420 Market.

Archive Bar & Kitchen: SoMa has another watering hole, this one without a full liquor license but with cocktails made with vermouths, beers, and liqueurs, and a menu of pizza and charcuterie meant for sharing. 602 Mission.

Espressamente Illy: The coffee conglomerate has touched down in the Castro to open the second Illy cafe in the city. Signature pours of espresso and single-origin beans will be there along with a food menu designed by California-cuisine gal Joyce Goldstein. Free wi-fi. 2349 Market St.

Oddjob: From some of the guys who brought us Big, Public Works, and Jones comes a new SOMA cocktail bar. The craft cocktail lounge can host 100-plus people and has a working steel conveyer belt beneath its bartop, as well as a funky machine that makes Corpse Reviver #2's. 1337 Mission,

The Torpedo Room: Chico's Sierra Nevada brewery comes to Berkeley for its first Bay Area taproom. 15 taps offer familiar offerings like Sierra's Pale Ale along with experimental brews; customers can get growlers to go; and there's a short menu of bar snacks. 2031 4th St., Berkeley, (510) 647-3439,

Three Potato Four: Someone finally came up with the idea to open up a french fry-only joint, offering a choice of potatoes, styles, and a dozen-plus dipping sauces. In a twist, all fries are baked in a convection oven, instead of fried. Also, the place is space-themed. 1051 Market,

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