Why It's Hot: From the owners of St. Helena's Terra and Bar Terra and Ame in SoMa, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani opened the more casual Urchin Bistrot in the former Wo Hing General Store space in the Mission on August 4th. Chef Michael Morrison and GM Susan Naderi Johnston are running the restaurant, having worked with Hiro and Lissa at Ame.
Must-Order: It's dinner only for now (note the reasonable $50, five-course prix fixe option — $38 for wine pairings — in addition to the a la carte menu), but we'd love to see this as an all day bistro. Don't miss the mussels treated like escargot in butter and herbs and served in an escargot dish. Here are a few of our other favorite dishes.
Insider Tip: The cocktails, some heavy on French spirits, are a highlight, as is the reasonable French-centric wine list.
584 Valencia St.; 415-861-1844