In 1985, a team that included chef Cindy Pawlcyn opened Fog City Diner, which became an instant favorite of San Francisco locals and tourists alike. In 2013, owner Bill Higgins, chef/owner Bruce Hill (Bix, Picco, Zero Zero), chef Erik Lowe, and others remodeled and repositioned the waterfront restaurant at the leading edge of 21st-century dining. It's upscale American tavern food, with a wood-burning oven in the open kitchen. Start with one of the stunning cocktails, like the gingery bourbon-based Inside Job, and any of the snacks--fries garnished with seaweed and Bonito flakes, curried cauliflower nuggets, deviled eggs with crispy quinoa and bacon--and then move on to the shareable plates of vegetables, seafood, and meat dishes. But save room for pastry chef Aaron Toensing's desserts--green chili apple pie, crullers, and dressed up frozen custard.