Last night I had a delightfully flavorful and fun dinner with my bf at Baraka in Potrero (it occupies the former space of Northstar on the corner of 18th & Connecticut).
We arrived around 7 without a reservation and were promptly seated at the bar. The bar counter is much higher than the stools but once the food started arriving we forgot about any complaints.
We started with a cucumber/yogurt salad and crunchy coated dates stuffed with jamon serrano and a Spanish blue cheese. We also had a delicious warm goat cheese coated with pistachios and served over an onion jam. Ack! It was amazing.
Then we had a veal cheek tagine, falafel with flatbread and couscous. All three were exceptionally flavorful.
The wine list has a broad choice of fine California and Spanish wines- we picked a tasty Unti Syrah.
The bartender who also acted as our server was friendly and excited to share his knowledge of the food.
The only draw back was the price (about $90) but the dinner was certainly worth the money.
I noticed most of the staff spoke French which made me think they might be Algerian.
Are there other Moroccan or Algerian restaurants in SF that serve good food for less money?