April’s Best New Bay Area Restaurants & OG Alternatives To-Go

My dining column at print and online magazine, Bob Cut — column details and my philosophy here — covers both standout newcomers and longtimers we want to keep supporting. During shelter-in-place pandemic times, the column is in takeout/delivery mode:


Viridian’s fab Tomato Beef cocktail is bottled & available for pick-up

— Belcampo, San Mateo (Humane Meats, Burgers, American)
— Viridian, Oakland (Cocktails, Modern Asian Appetizers)
— CreoLa, SF (Creole/New Orleans)

— True Laurel (Cocktails, New American)
— Che Fico (Modern Italian, New American)
— La Cocina Community Food Box (A Range of Cuisines)
— Canela (Spanish, Brunch)
— Nari/Kin Khao (Modern Thai)
— Tony’s Pizza Napoletana & Capo’s (Pizza of all styles from Chicago to NY to Neapolitan)
— Sushi Nagai (Upscale Sushi; Japanese)

My Bob Cut articles:
A Taste of Chinese Szechuan Cuisine in SF
The Hunters Point Jazz Supper Club That Helped Transform a Community Needs Your Support
Best New Bay Area Restaurants & OG Dining Greats of the Month: Feb-March 2020
January’s Best New Bay Area Restaurants & Old-School Greats

One of my tops from Capo’s since day one: the Italian Stallion pizza, which I prefer in cracker-thin form vs. deep dish. It showcases thinly-sliced Chicago-style Italian beef, heightened by a drizzle of horseradish cream and insanely good sweet-hot peppers.


My favorite eggplant curry at Nari


Viridian’s chili garlic milk bread in Oakland


Belcampo’s humanely-raised & butchered, organic meats go into their juicy burgers


True Laurel at home