6 New Restaurants Worth Visiting This Month — February 2022

Mazra San Bruno’s outdoor grilling

Published February 28, 2022, in my The Bold Italic column and weekly restaurant reviews:

These six notable newcomers cover the gamut, from Mexican pizza and Jewish deli pop-ups inside established restaurants, to a food hall nailing cuisine from Africa to the Middle East. Alongside this month’s full restaurant reviews — Good Good Culture Club from Liholiho Yacht Club, Automat from Lazy Bear, Chuck’s Takeaway from Charles Phan, Fort Point Valencia and 6 newcomers cafe & food truck edition — these new restaurants are worth eating at now (as always, I’ve vetted, visited or ordered from every place reviewed here):


Unique Mexican Pizzas: Don Pancho Pizzeria inside La Vaca Birria, Mission
Jewish Deli Launch: Little Red Window
Mortadella Pistachio Pizza: Napizza, Marina
Algeria to Senegal in a Food Hall: La Cocina Municipal Marketplace, Tenderloin
Vietnamese Sandwich Treat: Banh Mi Love, Stonestown
Cheeky Shawarma Goodness: Mazra, San Bruno

Bold Italic Restaurant reviews:
— Beer Restaurant of the Future: Fort Point Valencia Reopens
— Vietnamese Chef Legend Charles Phan’s New SF Sandwich Shop: Chuck’s Takeaway
— Tropical Rooftop Vibes & A Team Centered Around Core Values: Good Good Culture Club from Liholiho
— 6 New Spots Worth Visiting: Cafe, Bar & Food Truck Edition
— Newly Opened Automat Combines Childhood Whimsy and Gourmet Goodness
— 5 New Restaurants Worth Visiting This Month Around the Bay Area
— This Japanese Restaurant Casually Schools Patrons on Sake & Sushi: Pabu
— When Two Michelin Italian Masters Open A Casual Italian Spot: Sorella
— Live-Fire Cooking Like You’ve Never Experienced Before at New Osito
— Atelier Crenn, One of the World’s Best Restaurants, Turns 11 Years Old
— Reimagined a Decade Since Opening, Bluestem Brasserie Is a Slice of Comfort in Downtown SF
— TBI’s Top 12 New Restaurants (+ Bars) of 2021
— Le Fantastique: Your New Music, Wine & Bites Hangout
— La Bande: Mid-Market’s New Tapas Slice of Spain With Art Deco Vibes
— Female Indian Chef Goes Vegetarian at Besharam
— The Castro’s New Copas Imparts a Festive, Collaborative Vibe The Space Hasn’t Exuded in a Decade
— ‘California Washoku’: On Full Display at Nisei + Next Door at Bar Iris
— (Experimental, Creative) Breakfast for Dinner? Hilda and Jesse Has You Covered
— Flour+Water’s New Italian Destination: Penny Roma
— SF’s Aziza Serves Some of the Best Moroccan Food in the Country
— Chisai Sushi Club Is for Nigiri Fanatics & Novices Alike
— Uma Casa: SF’s Only & Most Authentic Portuguese Restaurant
— SF’s Estiatorio Ornos Is a New Hyperlocal Escape to Mykonos from Michael Mina
— Turntable at Lord Stanley: A Rotating Showcase for Top Global Chefs
— 54 Mint Is SF’s Ultimate Gastronomic Escape to Roma
— New Modern Filipino Destination, Abacá, From Chef Francis Ang & Bartender Kevin Diedrich
— 25 Lusk’s New Traveler Menu Offer Jaunts Around the World (Mexican Food & beyond)
— Warung Siska, Redwood City (Indonesian Food)
**All my food, drink & travel Bold Italic articles here

Don Pancho Pizzeria inside La Vaca Birria’s El Elotero pizza
Banh Mi Love
Napizza’s Mortazza mortadella pistachio pizza
Teranga’s maafe bowl/peanut stew at La Cocina Marketplace