Eater SF asked food writers which was the city’s best dining neighborhood in 2012, and not surprisingly, many mentioned the Mission. Some are totally over it, however.
Jonathan Kauffman, Tasting Table: Clearly, this is the year when Valencia Street jumped the shark. No, really, people: OPEN YOUR DAMN RESTAURANT SOMEWHERE ELSE.
Amy Sherman, Bay Area Bites: The Mission and the Valencia Street corridor in particular.
Paolo Lucchesi, Inside Scoop SF: When your newcomer tally includes Wise Sons, Local’s Corner, Namu Gaji, Izakaya Yuzuki and Southern Pacific before even mentioning Valencia, the Mission wins again. Maybe we should start dividing the Mission up into quadrants so this can be a fair question every year. But since we’re playing for second place at this point, Old Oakland had a pretty big year with District, Borgo Italia, Miss Ollie’s and company at that intersection; hopefully it can sustain its momentum.