Asian Box: Located at the base of Macy's in Union Square, the small venue offers fresh, speedy lunches for tourists and business types. Customers build their own combos around choices like lime basil shrimp and garlic soy beef. 170 O'Farrell, 288-3688, asianbox.com.
Cafe Claude Marina: First there was Gitane and the first Cafe Claude downtown, now Franc LeClerc has opened up a second location in the Marina. The bar and restaurant serve traditional French bistro food, wine, beer, and low-alcohol craft cocktails. 2120 Greenwich, 375-9550, cafeclaude.com.
Fog City: The former Fog City Diner, an Embarcadero classic since 1985, has reopened after remodeling. The new menu from chef Bruce Hill (Zero Zero, Bix) is centered around the restaurant's wood-fired grill and oven. 1300 Battery, 982-2000
Mockingbird: William Johnson and Melissa Axelrod, who have collectively held stints at Zuni, Spruce, Alembic, and RN74, bring locally-sourced, rustic food to uptown Oakland. Beer and wine only. 1475 San Pablo, Oakland, (510) 290-0331, mockingbirdoakland.com
Proposition Chicken: The mid-Market space carries a voting-theme where customers can appoint whether they'd like their bird fried, flipped (roasted), or fake (crispy BBQ tofu), as well as if they want it served in a sandwich, over a salad, or as an entree with a spicy slaw and a buttermilk biscuit. 1750 Market, 864-2454, propositionchicken.com.