Long lines and lots of online chatter: Those are the results of State Bird Provisions landing the coveted title of Bon Appétit‘s best new restaurant of 2012. But some Chowhounds are asking, if you’ve already been to State Bird (or maybe couldn’t nab a reservation), where else in San Francisco can you find food and an atmosphere that hit the same notes?
The small plates at Twenty Five Lusk (pictured) are as inventive as State Bird’s, says sugartoof. But food is only part of what makes State Bird cool: It’s also the stylish space. Other restaurants with killer food that also measure high on the cool-o-meter include Barbacco, Mission Chinese Food, and Bar Tartine.
Twenty Five Lusk [SOMA]
25 Lusk Street, San Francisco
Barbacco [Financial District]
220 California Street, San Francisco
Mission Chinese Food [Mission District]
2234 Mission Street, San Francisco
Bar Tartine [Mission District]
561 Valencia Street, San Francisco
Photo from Twenty Five Lusk