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These five restaurants are offering comfort cuisine to keep you warm and cozy at night.
When the fall chill hits the air, a down-home hearty dish is just the thing we need to embrace the season. Chefs are charring produce, coaxing rustier flavors from the culinary hearth, and whittling vegetables down to pure ash for added depth in dishes and cocktails. These five restaurants are offering delectable dishes that will become your new “go-tos” for fall comfort.

Canela

Canela
We adore this Spanish gem on the Upper end of Market Street. The very meaning of Canela, “Cinnamon,” implies warmth and soul, exactly what’s in store at  Canela Bistro and Wine Bar. This Spanish restaurant maintains plenty of gluten free and vegetarian offerings in a seductively ambient setting.  The menu is chock full of peppers, salchichas, and imported hot spices, showcasing the heat and passion which surrounds Spanish food and culture. Pimentos de Piquillo, or Roasted Spanish Peppers, arrive on the plate with charred vegetable escabeche. The dish boasts vibrancy and heady depth for those who crave a range in elements and a kiss of fire.  Canela is located at 2272 Market St., San Francisco | www.canelasf.com | @canelasf

The Keystone

The Keystone
There are plenty of delish dishes and drinks to go around at The Keystone, a cozy and polished retreat located at the intersection of the FiDi and Soma neighborhoods in San Francisco. The restaurant and sprawling bar is a tribute to “classic American Taverns and offers traditional dishes with a touch of innovation. While we love their vegetarian options like the Smoked Kale Soup with cranberry beans, red peppers, and almonds, try the Seared Chicken Breast with faro and charred cabbage for a rustic treat.  The Keystone is located at 68 4th Street, San Francisco | www.thekeystonesf.com | @thekeystonesf

Bluestem Brasserie

Bluestem Brasserie

Nestled in the heart of Yerba Buena, Bluestem Brasserie is the perfect way to end a day in downtown San Francisco.  Terroir reigns supreme in every dish at this eatery and the chefs at Bluestem adhere to “whole animal utilization,” ensuring minimal waste. The Crispy Pork Belly BLT features charred cucumber, which allows for a classic, refreshing vegetable to take on an earthier flavor profile. Charred Lemon Aioliadds a bit of smoke and zest to the Thursday Plats Du Jour of Moules Frites. Whether dining for lunch or dinner, your meal at Bluestem is sure to be smoky and delicious.  Bluestem Brasserie is located at 1 Yerba Buena Lane, San Francisco | www.bluestembrasserie.com | FB: @bluestembrasserie; T: @bluestemsf

1313 Main

1313 Main
There is nothing more comforting in fall than the coziness of a glass of wine with a delectable food pairing, especially when it’s happening in the heart of downtown Napa. At 1313 Main, Chef Adam Ross – who has trained in James Beard Award winning kitchens throughout his career – now merges his affinity for both tradition and local purveyors with the charm of main street diners. His current chef’s tasting menu includes a Paine Farms Squab Tart, which features charred vegetables, trumpet mushrooms, and aged squab. Pair this dish with a wine from 1313 Main’s extensive selection for a delightful experience.  1313 Main St, Napa | www.1313main.com | @1313Main

Precita Park

Precita Park Cafe

Precita Park is turning up the temperature and obliterating produce into tasty smithereens.  The Ocean Beach Halibut is the perfect autumn dish, featuring squash, corn, and spicy chorizo dusted in onion ash. The ashes lend a unique smoke appeal, culminating in a burnt sweetness allowing the halibut dish to end in curiosity.  And no, that’s not parmesan on Precita Park’s Spaghetti main. That’s fennel ash. The sooty licorice-ness plays with the flavors we already love- that of garlic, mushrooms, truffle, and basil and encourages our palettes to go beyond what we’ve known.  If venturing into ash is not on your to do list, enjoy Mary’s Crispy Chicken with burnt avocado which bears resemblance to browned butter. Precita Park is located at 500 Precita Ave., San Francisco | www.precitaparkcafe.com | IG: @parkcafelife; @precitaparkcafe