Nopa is our ultimate go-to restaurant in SF. Unfortunately, it’s everyone else’s, too.
But the Nopa gods have smiled upon us and chosen to serve food until 1 a.m., unlike damn near every other restaurant in the city. So yeah, most of our visits have been after 11. The food tastes better then anyway.
And what food it is. The menu rotates daily and focuses on everything you’d expect it to - organic cuisine made with seasonal ingredients from local purvey...blah blah, don’t worry, it’s delicious. The burger and pork chop rightly go down in a number of “Best of” lists.
Nopa kills it on vibe, too. It’s a destination that’s Perfect For pretty much everything, whether it’s some Action At The Bar, the aforementioned Late Night Eats, or a Girls’ Night Out. It’s a huge duplex of a restaurant with towering ceilings and an open kitchen that feels like you’re dining in a sick loft space. And the place is buzzing every night with the 20-30-something crowd. Brunch is sweet as well, and also pretty happening (sometimes you can snag some bar seating if you go early).
So yeah, it’s not exactly stop-the-presses news that Nopa is great. And as much as we wanted to trash it to tamp down the crowds, we can’t. Oh well. We’ll be back for midnight burgers, probably this week.
These are full scallions fried up and served with a lemon aioli. It’s a different way of eating onions, and a pretty damn good way, too.
One of the best salads I’ve had in my entire life - a mix of spiced ham, kale, and butternut squash with a poached egg on top. This combination of flavors is exceptional, and the crunch of the kale went perfectly with the tender squash. If this is on the menu, it’s a must order.
The flatbreads are quite popular here, and this one of homemade chorizo, potatoes, arugula, and crescenza cheese did not disappoint.
Another dish we really enjoyed. The calamari is served in easy-to-handle slices atop a bed of sweet broccoli di ciccio, and finished with hummus and spiced chickpeas. Again, it’s the unique combinations and excellent flavors that make this dish work so well.
We had heard a lot about the burger, and, as you can see, it’s quite an attractive piece of meat. Not too big, not too small, with just enough soft bun for the juices to soak up just right. We devoured this guy in a matter of moments. The fries were good, too.
San Francisco takes its pork chops very seriously. This chop is almost on par with our favorite chop, which is 40 minutes away at Mustards Grill in Napa. It’s the perfect cut of pork - juicy, tender, and not that fatty - served with braised greens, acorn squash, and a delicious mustard seed vinaigrette on top. You might need to split it with someone, but you should definitely get after it.
The short ribs come in the form of a stew, served in a mini casserole dish with carrots, potatoes, greens, and salsa verde. It’s another winner.
Very good French Toast, but not as eye-rolling amazing as the description might have you believe. That said, at $7 per massive slice, this is a hell of a deal.
A rotating cast of brunch pastries will never do you wrong. Have at ’em.