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The restaurant Fifth Floor, at the Palomar Hotel in San Francisco, turned out its fine-dining fare for 14 years in its original location, earning a loyal following and grooming esteemed chefs. It closed in January 2013 to make room for a completely new restaurant and bar concept, called Dirty Habit, which opened earlier this month.
Eager to become the go-to gathering place for San Francisco’s tech elite, the restaurant offers on a convivial, slightly mysterious vibe and a menu of small plates intended for sharing. Try the fried-lamb-belly steamed buns; chicken wings with sweet soy and chili vinaigrette; asparagus with chorizo, smoked egg and preserved lemon; a charcuterie board, with many of the meats cured in-house; or an aged rib-eye with béarnaise and asparagus. (Breakfast is also served; try the ham-and-cheese omelet and the buttermilk pancakes with banana, walnuts and maple syrup.)
Bar manager Brian Means heads the cocktail program, which tends toward the creative, with drinks like a barrel-aged Negroni or old-fashioned and seasonal choices like the Loveable Trixter (Plymouth gin, lime juice, blackberries, sage). Sounds like the makings of a regular habit to us. 12 Fourth St.; 415-348-1555; dirtyhabitsf.com.