HISTORY: For almost two years, Laurence Jossel and his partners searched the city for their latest culinary landing. And in between real estate searches, they found respite at a coffee shop on Divisadero, which stared directly at a defunct Laundromat across the street. “It had broken windows and was not a good-looking place,” Jossel says. “Still, we kept saying this would make a great restaurant.”
CHEF: Laurence Jossel philosophy shines in dishes like Wood Baked Giant White Beans with Feta and Oregano Pesto, simple and accessible food made from local ingredients and a focus on sustainability.
DRINKS: Wine director LuLu McAllister launched Magnum Mondays a year ago and we've been enjoying her adventurous servings of bottles that are most of the time only available as magnums. NOPA has one of our favorite wine lists in the city but they are also known for the creative cocktails like the Bonal Cup.