The tech boom brought a flood of newcomers to the Bay Area in 2013, and more mouths means more appetites to sate with food trucks, pop-ups, cafeterias, and fine restaurants. In alphabetical order, here are 10 of 2013’s most impressive debuts.
1. CHAMPA GARDEN
613 Faxon Avenue, San Francisco
Laotian cuisine continues to thrill Bay Area diners, and a San Francisco outpost of this Oakland restaurant added fuel to the flames of enthusiasm for rice ball salad and Lao sausage.
3. GUDDU DE KARAHI
1501 Noriega Street, San Francisco
When Guddu from Lahore Karahi sold his Tenderloin restaurant to a new owner who kept the name but lacked the touch for preparing instant classics like tandoori fish, many loyalists mourned. Now Guddu has opened a new shop in the Sunset, and the coriander-crusted fish lives on.
4. HOUSE OF PANCAKES
937 Taraval Street, San Francisco
Hold the maple syrup. This savory Chinese pancake shop hits it out of the park with egg and onion pancakes, beef pancakes, and mustard green and pork hand-pulled noodles.
5. JUHU BEACH CLUB
5179 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland
What’s not to adore about Preeti Mistry’s Temescal-based love letter to Indian street food? Pair a potato-puff-and-pickled-onion vada pav with a cilantro lemonade and call it a day.
6. LINEA CAFFE
3417 18th Street, San Francisco
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When Andrew Barnett from Ecco Caffe partnered with Mission Chinese Food’s Anthony Myint on a tiny café and takeout operation, coffee cultists were bound to take notice. The salads and tangy waffles are a pleasant addition to the coffee shop concept.
8. MIKKELLER BAR
34 Mason Street, San Francisco
The beer wave continues unabated, and the Mikkeller Bar brought a Danish twist, and a room dedicated to sour beers, to downtown San Francisco.
9. SUPER CUE CAFÉ
1139 Taraval Street, San Francisco
How can we talk about 2013 and skip the boba boom? No single bubble tea shop is widely regarded as the leader of the pack, but Super Cue is among the best, with fresh boba and made-to-order drinks in an array of flavors.
10. TOSCA CAFÉ
242 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco
What recommends the revitalized Tosca Café? The owlish hours for late-evening diners, a renovation that respects the place’s history, and to-die-for moscardini on April Bloomfield’s menu.
Photo of Marla Bakery's sufganiyot by Chowhound member hyperbowler