San Francisco , California
Tel: 415 826 7000
Concierge.com's insider take:
Few San Francisco restaurants better typify farm-to-table cooking than Flour + Water, in the once-gritty, now-gentrified Mission District. The kitchen receives an entire pig every Tuesday—as well as a handful of small-game meats such as rabbit—and the chefs make use of the entire animal, making trotters, sausages, and fabulous salumi. Antipasti may include California sardines flash-fried in an elegantly light batter, served with a salty-tangy anchovy aïoli, while speck and balsamic-braised-radicchio pizzas are baked in a wood-fired oven that blisters the tender-to-the-tooth, thin crust with smoky bits of char; whole wheat strozzapreti comes tossed with hunks of perfectly cooked, licorice-hued anise-braised rabbit. The vibe is likewise dynamic and fresh, with linen dish towels serving as napkins on the exposed walnut tables. The restaurant is small, so it's best to book at least a week ahead, or expect a wait. Thankfully Flour + Water serves dinner until 11 pm weeknights and midnight weekends—a rarity in early-to-bed San Francisco. —John A. Vlahides
Open Sundays through Wednesdays 5:30 to 11 pm and Thursdays through Saturdays 5:30 pm to midnight.
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