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Bon Appétit Names San Francisco “Best Food City in the Country Right Now”

AL’s Place is “America’s Best New Restaurant,” Rintaro Also on Top 10 List


August 18, 2015 - Bon Appétit, America's food and entertaining magazine since 1956, has named San Francisco “The Best Food City in the Country Right Now” and placed AL’s Place at the top of the list of “The Hot 10: America's Best New Restaurants.” 

Andrew Knowlton, Bon Appétit’s deputy editor, wrote that “Over four days and 15 meals, San Francisco proved itself on culinary fire in 2015…I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such a concentration of exciting and invigorating restaurants in a single year, in a single season. Not even in New York.” 

“Yep, the city’s eating scene is having a great year. I’d say it’s time to pay it a visit,” Knowlton concluded.

When asked about his decision, he said, “San Francisco (and its restaurants and chefs) did all the hard work. My job was easy…eating!”

In naming AL’s Place (1499 Valencia St.) America’s best new restaurant, Knowlton advises, “To fully appreciate our restaurant of the year, step inside the obsessive, fanatical, and wildly creative world of Chef Aaron London. Trust us, it's worth the trip.”

Rintaro (82 14th St.) is on the list in the number eight spot.  Knowlton writes of Sylvan Mishima Brackett’s izakaya, “Brackett melds traditional Japanese technique with an almost maniacal dedication to California produce.”   

“We are very excited to have our city’s culinary excellence recognized by Bon Appétit,” said Joe D’Alessandro, president and CEO of the San Francisco Travel Association whose recent research showed that the most popular activities in which San Francisco visitors participated were dining in restaurants (77.4%), shopping (54.4%) and visiting a park (42.0%). 

San Francisco's ambiance, scenic beauty and restaurants continue to be the most important factors attracting visitors to the city. About one-third reported that San Francisco’s overall ambiance and atmosphere (38.7%), scenic beauty (34.3%) and/or restaurants and cuisine (28.0%) were the factors that were most important to their decision to visit the city. 

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