San Francisco

If you think that wine tastes best when consumed on a waterfront at sunset, consider checking out the Oakland outpost of Kincaid’s. Beyond the intimate ambience, contemporary and vaguely maritime-themed environs, it’s the market-driven menu of surf-and-turf that has regulars coming back for more. Of the entrées, the char-grilled filet mignon and petite lobster tail -- topped with smoked mushrooms potent with truffle oil, asparagus kissed on the grill, buttery Yukon potatoes au gratin, and brandy-mustard sauce -- proves the most rich and satisfactory, providing you still have room for it after binging on the (piping hot, perfectly creamy and aromatic) roasted crab and artichoke dip.