Published January 6, 2023, in my The Bold Italic column:
It’s that time of year again: I sift through the hundreds of new local restaurants I’ve visited this year (plus a few hundred more national and international restaurants), namely those opened December 2021 through November 2022, sorting through what standouts most… and why.
As with every year, I dined at the majority of Bay Area openings: almost all in SF, but also the majority of notable newcomers in Napa, Sonoma, Marin, East Bay and the Peninsula. Yes, it has been a typical very busy eating year, again confirming why we live in one of the most glorious regions to eat and drink in the world.
There is no way to include all “bests,” especially factoring in bakeries, hole-in-the-walls, and every level of dining. So we’ll start with 10 honorable mentions in alphabetical order (all in SF unless noted otherwise):