We were definitely a little sad when Union Street staple Cafe des Amis closed its doors last December, but after just a few hours with the stunning cocktails and beer at Belga, the new "classic Belgian brasserie meets California sensibility" restaurant that took over the space, we were like "Um... Cafe des A-Who?!!"
We haven't tasted the food at Belga yet, but Chef Freedom Rains (Incanto, Boulevard, Flour + Water) is swinging for the fences with everything from spaetzle to sausages (made in house, of course), and pretzels to pork chops. What we're really stoked about, however, is the bar program. Bar manager Ryan Murphy is killing it with the beer selection, and bartender Nora Furst has created a cocktail menu that's super innovative, but more importantly, super good.
Read all about it. And then go grab a seat in the bar area (it seats 40) and taste for yourself. Belga officially opens its doors on May 12th. And yes, it's totally worth a trip to Cow Hollow. Yoga pants and all.