Kicking off the Friday review party is Examiner's Jesse Hirsch, filing the first critical opinion on Joseph Humphrey's new Dixie in the Presidio: "In its stately manor way out in the Presidio, Dixie has the trappings of a male-run Southern plantation. But its menu is a post-gender mashup, marrying meat-and-starch sensibilities with fresh produce and a light, artistic touch...Sometimes balance was elusive, and high-concept mechanics overpowered straightforward, down-home cooking. But more often than not, Humphrey pulled it off." [Examiner]
The Chronicle's Janny Hu files a two star review of Mozzeria in the Mission: "...the pies might not hit the standards of the city's best, but they aren't far behind. Blistered and bubbly in the all right places, the chewy crust becomes almost paper-thin in the middle. The dough also tastes good, which is no small short order. Well salted with the slight tang of fermentation, Mozzeria's version should appeal even to those who normally forsake crust. [Chron]
SF Weekly files a two-for-one review of new sandwich places Sweet Woodruff and Market & Rye: "Though the majority of the sandwiches I sampled at Market and Rye were flawed, the first-rate salads and top-notch falafel are proof that Scott is more than capable of thrilling diners on a budget. As for Sweet Woodruff, its fare can be summed up in one word: exemplary." [SF Weekly]
Finally, Cute-When-He's-Mad Bauer has a fun 1.5 star review on Kingfish in San Mateo, and his description of the salad pretty much sums it up: "The Farmer's Market Salad ($11) was one of the most inexpertly put together collections of organic vegetables I've seen in a restaurant. The watermelon radishes were unevenly sliced...showing a lack of knife skills in the kitchen...one of the baby corn cobs had grown to adolescence; raw carrots the size and shape of small beets were too large to be consumed in one bite; the green beans were limp; and the Green Goddess dressing on the bottom of the plate was rationed as if it were liquid gold." [Chron]
THE ELSEWHERE: The Merc finds hipsters and a great Waygu beef burger at American Oak in Alameda, EBX would go back to District in Oakland for food and cocktails in addition to wine, last but not least Marin IJ files a glowing take on Joanne Weir's new Copita in Sausalito.