Jay Barmann, 47. Writer, eater, editor at Grubstreet.com
Good pizza, pasta, and Italian food in a boisterous environment, complete with good/cheap wines on tap and great cocktails.
A transplanted pizza god from New York, Anthony Mangieri, makes the ultimate in wood-fired, traditional, Neapolitan Pies (opens Sept 15)
French food truck
The French food truck operation from Chez Spencer, recently featured on The Great Food Truck Race, which parks at 7th and Folsom, across from Terroir wine bar, Wednesday through Saturday evenings.
Decent but pricey
Decent, straightforward cuisine by a chef who used to work at Alain Ducasse in NY, slightly pricey.
Savory and sweet fondues with beer and wine.
New place at 8th and Folsom attached to Pinkie's Bakery. American food dressed up and reinvented
Good place for a burger, fish taco, or a quesadilla. Bonus: wash your dirty underwear and listen to occasional open-mic nights while you eat.
Chez Panisse of cocktails
New bar and restaurant from a well known cocktail guru, nicknamed the 'Chez Panisse of cocktails' for its locally focused drink program, with excellent Italian-influenced food to match.