Opening round-up: 6 new must-hit SF bars and restaurants

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Opening round-up: 6 new must-hit SF bars and restaurants
Opening round-up: 6 new must-hit SF bars and restaurants

Kristian Melom
Kristian Melom

Go to your Gmail right now. You there? Ok, now copy/paste this into the body of an email addressed to those three buddies you have the standing Friday night Cheesecake Factory reservation with: "Hey dudes, so I know everyone was really dead-set on going to The Factory on Friday night (I know, I know, those Southwest Egg Rolls are really the best), but I just found out about this new place called [insert new place], and dudes, they've got [insert awesome thing they've got]!!!! So... maybe we go there instead?"

Fill in the blanks with any of the six awesome new restaurants/bars/ice cream shops that just opened below, click send, and prepare to get mad pats on the back come Friday.

Victory Hall

Victory Hall (click here for address and deets)
Mission Bay
What happens when the people behind Little Skillet take over the formerly-a-club spot next door? This classier bar where you can now make questionable-for-your-New-Year's-diet-but-oh-so-right food decisions while you're drinking. Chicken and waffles for everyone! Please?

Merigan's (click here for address and deets)
A sure-thing SOMA sub-staple (say that 10 times fast), Merigan's Sub Shop is from a one-time exec chef at A16 and features allllll the meat-heavy subs you'd usually only find on the East Coast. Basically anything is gonna be great, but you kinda have to get a sandwich that calls itself the Widowmaker (roast beef, mortadella, salami, prosciutto cotto, turkey, provolone, pickled onions, hots, shredded lettuce, dressing).

Three Twins

Three Twins Ice Cream Shop (click here for address and deets)
Lower Haight
Finally, two years after it was closed due to a tragic, presumably ice cream-melting fire, this local ice creamery has re-opened its shop in Lower Haight, giving Duboce Park-goers a worthy frozen treat to line up around the block for. Also: 12 flavors!

Kristian Melom

Third Rail (click here for address and deets)
Finally, the craft cocktail and Edison bulb fervor has spilled over into the Dogpatch, with this spot from the team behind Range. It takes its name from the rail yard history of the spot and doesn't disappoint with craft cocktails and a... jerky bar? Sounds weird, but we like it. Let's get weird.


Street Food Dojo (click here for address and deets)
Now open in the former Zog's Dogs spot (RIP, awesomely rhyming hot dog stand), this Asian-fusion take-away joint is giving your lunch the kick it deserves with rotating menu items like Ninja Nachos with spicy pork, peppers, cheese sauce, and tortilla chips, or the tribute to Zog's "Dojo Dawg": a link topped with wasabi and Sriracha coleslaw, furikake, and fried shallots.

Joe Starkey

Archive Bar & Kitchen (click here for address and deets)
Okay, this was opened in December, but with a partner/bar manager who used to work at Wayfare Tavern and Coqueta, and an interior that looks like it's set in a factory office from the '20s (exposed brick, antique file cabinets, a bar made from a steel beam), this place is a SOMA go-to for some pizza (collaborated with the guy behind Pirate Pizza) and beer. Plus, though they don't have a full liquor license, they've got some pretty tasty creative cocktails.

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1. Three Twins Ice Cream 254 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94117 (Lower Haight)

The Haight location of this sought-after local ice cream company is dolling out certified organic ice creams (even the cones are organic) in flavors like lemon cookie, mint confetti, chocolate malt and butterscotch pecan. Pop inside Three Twins' vibrant green space to take a pint, quart or pack of ice cream sandwiches to take home. You can get a fresh scoop, too — just be prepared to carry it around with you because there isn't room for seating here.

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2. Victory Hall & Parlor 330 Ritch St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (The Mission)

This American, comfort food-lauded joint is doling out delicious trays of things like chicken 'n waffles, chilli cheese fries, and the like.

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3. Merigan's 636 2nd St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Soma)

Offering New York style sandwiches, traditional East Coast Italian flavors meet the Bay in the form of spring vegetable Parmesan heroes, polenta and arancini sides, and hot breakfast sandwiches. Born out of chef/owner Liza Shaw's quest for "the perfect sub," the result is simple food done well that makes a solid lunch choice in SoMa.

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4. Third Rail 628 20th St, San Francisco, CA 94107 (Dogpatch)

This great SF cocktail bar serves up delicious libations -- get anything with Mezcal, and cheers to it!

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5. Street Food Dojo 1 Post St, San Francisco, CA 94104 (Financial District)

This FiDi vendor's whipping up awesome Asian fusion eats, like Roast Pork Mocos, Sumo Dogs, and the like.

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6. Archive Bar and Kitchen 602 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94105 (Soma)

Archive Bar and Kitchen pays homage to its 1905 building with industrial brick walls and touches of vintage details everywhere. The hipster hangout offers up San Francisco-centric cocktails like Bay Lights, a mix of Mint and Kaffir Lime Charged Wine, Lime Juice & Cava, as well as salads and pizzas named for notable residents.