Aveline: Casey Thompson's (Top Chef) new spot in the Warwick hotel features an open kitchen where all the new Californian cooking happens. Expect dishes like succulents, pepperoni, and fried chicken; kimchi powder with pickled vegetables; and abalone with wood ear mushrooms. 490 Geary, 292-6430, avelinesf.com.
Big Chef's Tom's Belly Burgers: Opened by Food Network Star runner-up Tom Pizzica, this burger joint will feature only pork belly, chicken, and veggie patties. Many different toppings make for a wide variety of burgers with some Asian and Mediterranean influences. 1550 Howard, 513-1331, bctbellyburgers.com.
Captain and Corset: The brainchild of an Ike's alum, this wine bistro combines humble dining with an elegant twist. Coffee braised lamb tacos and broiled chicken paillard are just some of the creations on the menu prepared by Picán executive chef Sophina Uong. 2212 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 496-4256, captainandcorset.com.
The European: Across the hall from Aveline is its brother establishment, a vintage-meets-modern bar from Adam Wilson, formerly of Beretta. He's pairing old-timey European cocktails contemporary versions in his "Now and Then" special. Weekend brunch is expected to begin late summer. 490 Geary, 292-6430, avelinesf.com.
Mae Krua: Traditional, homestyle Thai is the latest addition to 331 Cortland. Heavily influenced by his grandmother's cooking, Anucha Kongthavorn of Thaistick brings vegetarian and vegan-friendly dishes like curry rice balls stuffed with cheese, coconut bean soup, and garlic and pepper soy protein. 331 Cortland, 574-7334.
Red Hill Station: Anchor Oyster Bar alum Amy Reticker and Taylor Pedersen bring seafood to their neighborhood of Bernal Heights. Shucked oysters and sea trout with browned butter, asparagus, carrots, fingerling potatoes, and almonds will make appearances on the menu but expect a nightly rotation. 803 Cortland, 757-0480.
San Francisco Athletic Club: Beer by the tub, 28 TVs, bleachers, pool and shuffleboard tables, all in time for the World Cup. Food from Matt Rosson and Sam Kazik of the Corner Store includes bacon-wrapped hot dogs, sriracha wings, and a classic burger. 1750 Divisidero.