Kim Alter has worked at some of the Bay Area’s most noteworthy restaurants (Gary Danko, Manresa) and under the tutelage of high-end dining kingpin Daniel Patterson for years, garnering numerous awards.
She’s struck out on her own with Hayes Valley’s Nightbird, where a rotating $125 prix fixe menu articulates her impeccable sourcing and talents in whole animal cooking. “This is a place I would go for a drink,” says Alter of connected Art Deco cocktail lounge Linden Room, which echoes Nightbird’s seasonality with a menu offering both spirituous and seasonal cocktails: The Irish Eyes is fragrant with St. George absinthe and gin infused with all manner of vegetables, matched with lemon juice and green chartreuse, then topped with fluffy egg white and a spiral of cucumber for a most refreshing tipple. 330 Gough St., S.F., 415-829-7565; nightbirdrestaurant.com. • SCHUYLER BAILEY
Edited by Lesley McKenzie.