It's time to update the Eater 38, your answer and ours to any question that begins, “Can you recommend a restaurant?” This highly elite group covers the entire city, spans myriad cuisines and collectively satisfies all of your restaurant needs. Every few months, we add pertinent restaurants that were omitted, have newly become eligible (restaurants must be open at least six months) or have stepped up their game. And keep in mind, this list is presented in no particular order.
This time around, after much reflecting and poring over reader emails and comments, we're dropping a few great restaurants that have had long runs on the Eater 38: Commonwealth, Dosa on Fillmore, and Contigo. Their spaces are filled by outstanding burger staple Super Duper, exciting Asian food innovator Namu Gaji, and the only restaurant filling a new niche in sit-down Mexican food, Tacolicious. Bouche is also off due to the loss of chef Nico Borzee, and Ichi Sushi is on, for serving some of the best sushi in town, in a very uniquely San Francisco way. Finally, we're saying goodbye to Park Tavern, because Bar Tartine has to be on here: Its recent slew of ground-breaking European guest chefs, and continually delicious Eastern European menus prove it is still ahead of the curve, even after almost seven years in business.
Rather than a stage-four meltdown over our having excluded your favorite restaurant from the list, wouldn't it be more productive to just nominate it for inclusion?