The transition from one year to another is always a great time to assess successes, acknowledge good work, and look towards the year ahead. Being a city of food-lovers, San Francisco publications ran several stories in the past few weeks focusing on our top restaurants. And on almost every list was one or both of Divisadero's newest hot spots: 4505 Burgers & BBQ and Brenda's Meat & Three.
Opening its doors in late October 2014, Brenda's Meat & Three took over Blue Jay Cafe's spot on Divisadero near McAllister Street.
This year, the Southern-style restaurant, only two months old, made Zagat's list of Top 50 restaurants in San Francisco, ranking above The Slanted Door and Coqueta. It's "a restaurant worth breaking your resolutions for," said SF Weekly food critic Anna Roth in a recent rave review. "Am I gushing? I am. I can't help myself."
In addition, Both Brenda's and 4505 made SFist's list as one of the 15 Best New Restaurants In The Bay Area.
A panel of local food writers also sung Divisadero's praises in Eater SF's roundup of 2014's best dining neighborhoods, acknowledging that 4505 Burgers & BBQ and Brenda's Meat & Three have helped make the neighborhood a destination for foodies:
"Between 4505 Burgers & BBQ and Brenda's Meat & Three, Divisadero became the city's #1 street for meat, southern food and unpretentious ampersands." - Andrew Dalton, freelance
"I gotta hand it to the Divisadero corridor, it keeps coming on strong." - Marcia Gagliardi, Tablehopper
"The Divisadero corridor has diversified beyond Nopa and gained some really great new additions (Brenda's Meat & Three, 4505 Burgers & BBQ), with standbys like Ragazza and Bar Crudo still going strong. I also would give a shoutout to Ziryab, which has a secret full bar and a kitchen that stays open late." - Rose Garrett, Hoodline
"Honorable mention goes to Divisadero and Union Square for growing as dining destinations in their own right." - Anna Roth, SF Weekly
While Divisadero is full of excellent places to eat, it's nice to see two of our newest additions receive so much attention. With upcoming additions like Sightglass Coffee, Repose Coffee, Seniore's Pizza, Zaytoon's restaurant spinoff and more on the way, let's see how the culinary landscape shapes up in 2015.
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