And just like that, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski's State Bird Provisions (the city's most whimsically named eatery) has been named by Bon Appétit as the best new restaurant. They describe themselves as "[a]n adventurous, inventive, delicious, thoughtful contemporary American restaurant." But what's the place really like, you ask? Well, for starters, they serve monkey-faced eel pulled from the San Francisco Bay. The magazine's restaurant editor notes:
Later that evening, the eel did in fact rear its ugly head, the flesh seared and served in a soy-lime and mushroom broth. I still had the image of the creature's unappetizing mug fresh in my mind, but Brioza's dish was a knockout beauty—a big, flavorful statement in a small package. Then again, pretty much everything I ate over several visits to State Bird Provisions—the nine-month-old restaurant that Brioza and his wife, pastry chef Nicole Krasinski, run in the Western Addition neighborhood of San Francisco—had me clamoring for more. And to think the place almost never happened.
You can read more about how it almost never happened here. Watch more about State Bird Provisions below:
State Bird Provisions, located at 1529 Fillmore, beat AQ for nabbing the coveted title, which was the only other SF restaurant named the Top 50 Best New Restaurants of 2012.