3 SF restaurants on Esquire’s best new US restaurants list

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Galbitang (beef short rib soup with homemade rice cakes) at San Ho Won in San Francisco.

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In the 40th edition of Esquire’s best new restaurants in America list, three San Francisco eateries made the cut.

San Ho Won, a new Korean barbecue restaurant from Benu’s Corey Lee and Jeong-In Hwang, was one of the 40 restaurants included on the list. The Mission District spot is minimalist inside, with a menu of galbi mandu (griddled beef dumplings), kimchi jjigae pozole and meats cooked over white lychee charcoal.

Le Fantastique, a seafood-centric wine bar that opened in Hayes Valley late last year, was also on Esquire’s list. From the team behind Palo Alto’s Bird Dog, the restaurant serves caviar-topped madeleines, raw scallops and glazed shallots while vinyl records play in the background.

Shuggie’s, the new Mission District restaurant that made headlines when it opened last year for serving “trash pizza” — aka made with ingredients that normally become food waste — also made it onto the list. The restaurant’s unique upcycled menu of pizza, garlic knots and natural wine is a draw for diners, but so is the maximalist, colorful decor. 

Aside from the San Francisco honorees, a Sonoma restaurant also was included on the Esquire list: Animo, a Korean Basque restaurant serving kimchi fried rice with pastrami and steamed Manila clams with fish sauce and chorizo. 

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