Our City Guides is from the point of view of the people we interview. A restaurant cannot be listed in our guides unless it is recommended by one of the tastemakers we’ve featured. We don’t want you to see the restaurant world through our eyes, but rather through the eyes of your favorite tastemakers in every industry. Why us? Why not them?
Bourbon and Branch is a speak-easy that holds itself, and its history, to high standards. From the entrance password to the secret room to the “house rules,” the 1920s ambiance is authentic and bustling. Turn off your cell phone and let the mixologists work their magic—they know what they’re doing. www.bourbonandbranch.com
Inexpensive and efficient, House of Thai (formerly Thai House Express) whips out quality Thai food lickety split. This clean, upscale hole-in-the-wall serves soups, noodle dishes and curries that get the job done. www.houseofthaisf.com
This unassuming deli gets high marks for their French-Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches. At only $3.50 a piece, the banh mi at Saigon Sandwich earns its popularity with flavorful meats served on the iconic baguette-style roll. www.saigon-sandwich.com