Twenty New Bites to Try Right Now in San Francisco

Clockwise from top left: squash blossom empanada at Mateo's Cocina Latina; charred tomato flatbread at Absinthe; eggplant fries at Brassica; and fried green tomatoes at Park Tavern.

Though 2010 was really a banner year for new restaurants in S.F., 2011’s been no slouch. Between Nojo and Boxing Room and a new chef at Absinthe, Hayes Valley’s had a total food makeover. North Beach has seen some new life with Park Tavern and Txoko. And the Castro’s seen some refreshment too, with the recent opening of Canela and the early-summer opening of Criolla Kitchen. Meanwhile menus continue to be refreshed at mainstays like Flour + Water, Contigo, and Frances as summer fades slowly into fall. So allow us to suggest these twenty new dishes that might become your new addictions, most of them on the small-plates end of things, at twenty restaurants both new and not so new.

And when you’re done checking out our picks, make sure you head over to our other Grub Street editions — Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and Philadelphia — to see what they’re looking forward to this fall.