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Nopa, San Francisco

560 Divisadero Street
San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 864 8463's insider take:

Wildly popular Nopa draws the city's youthful bon vivants for its rustic-urban cooking and inventive cocktails. The kitchen sources the best of northern California's organic produce and meats to create simple dishes that let the fresh-from-the-farm ingredients shine. Think clean and bright contemporary comfort foods, such as thick-cut grilled pork chops with lentils, sautéed chard, and mustard-seed vinaigrette, or a simple rotisserie herbed chicken with roasted squash, hazelnuts, and sherry-sautéed onions. The cavernous dining room gets crowded and loud, but if you book an upstairs mezzanine table, you'll have extra elbow room and a bird's-eye view of the action downstairs. Some find the prices steep for such simple cooking, but perfect ingredients don't come cheap. —John Vlahides

Open daily 5 pm to 1 am.

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