With the massive number of restaurants opening in 2016, it can be tough to know what's not to miss. Here are our top picks in 15 American cities:
San Francisco: Aina
With a warm Aloha greeting and thrilling dish-after-dish of Californian-Hawaiian comfort food, the daytime-only Dogpatch brunch cafe that sprouted from Jordan Keao's popular Bernal Heights pop-up is our opening of the year so far. The concise menu perfectly balances light and heavy, from a carefully constructed homemade spam musubi lettuce wrap to guava custard malasadas (donuts). Then there are low ABV cocktails to drink that make mai tais jealous. Also, unlike so many new restaurants in this high-rent city, Aina is a true bargain and has become a cornerstone for a rapidly emerging neighborhood.
900 22nd St.; 415-814-3815