The Bay Area’s 15 best new restaurants of 2022 – San Francisco Chronicle
I know it’s a good year for restaurants when I can’t decide which of the new class are my favorites. Looking back, associate restaurant critic Cesar Hernandez and I spent the year in so many disparate contexts, venturing into fledgling restaurateurs’ backyards for tacos, waiting in very long lines for hyped-up chicken, and gleefully telling server after server, no, we haven’t been here before, so please explain what the deal is here.
Yes, some critics may try to quantify the experience of eating, granting a restaurant three out of five beans or stars or whatever doodads, but in the end, I really think that what makes a great restaurant is how easily you can find its heart. Maybe it’s a comeback tale, as in the case of Geyserville’s Cyrus, the fine dining restaurant that rose again after a decade in the dark. Or maybe it’s something even more personal, like Victoria Lozano’s quest to make a place for Venezuelan cuisine in San Francisco with her blockbuster arepa pop-up. In a vacuum, delicious food is just that — but there’s value in knowing why it’s there.