May Eats Checklist: 6 Food Standouts of the Month, from Greek to Banh Mi 

Estiatorio Ornos’ God of Olympus cocktail poured by Jose Luis Merino Calderon

These newcomers or new menus cover the gamut, from elevated Greek food to Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.

Alongside this month’s full restaurant reviews — Popi’s Oysterette (all-day oyster bar/seafood), Mattina (Cal-Italian all-day cafe and restaurant), Back to Back (pizza, natural wines, creative small plates), Xica (modern Mexican), Hed VeryThai (Thai) — these six are also worth visiting, with last month’s standouts here.

As always, I’ve personally vetted, visited or ordered from each place reviewed:


Estiatorio Ornos’ lamb hummus
Abaca’s caviar chicharrons in ube mousse
Aedan Koji Kitchen’s bento boxes
Juanita & Maude baked Alaska