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Openings Insanity: The Commissary, Palm House, Kusakabe, Uno Dos Tacos, Gaspar, More!

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Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF editor Allie Pape shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.


The Commissary's patio. [Photo: Patricia Chang]

PRESIDIO—May is turning out to be the biggest restaurant openings month anyone's ever seen, with seven huge spots opening this week alone. We've got interior photos and menus for all of 'em. First up: The Commissary, Traci Des Jardins' new Spanish restaurant in the Presidio, which won't be her last—she announced just two days after it opened that she'd be opening a Mexican restaurant in the Presidio as well.

COW HOLLOW—Over on Union Street, Bergerac's party vibe and Foreign Cinema's culinary chops have merged into Palm House, a tropically-inspired spot with fancy frozen daiquiris, delicious bar bites, and a massive patio for summer lounging.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT—Been craving amazing sushi? Mitsunori Kusakabe, the former chef of Sausalito's acclaimed Sushi Ran, is now serving up astonishing omakase at his eponymous new spot in the FiDi.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT—Start the weekend off right with happy hour at Uno Dos Tacos, the new fast-casual Mexican spot at 2nd and Market. It's brought to you by the minds behind Beretta, Delarosa, and Super Duper Burger.

HAYES VALLEY—For a quirkier take on the taco, look no further than Papito West, the second outpost of the Latin spot from the people behind Chez Maman (which is right across the street). Duck confit burritos are now a thing.

FINANCIAL DISTRICT—The confit confab continues at swanky Gaspar Brasserie, the latest from the brains behind Gitane and Cafe Claude. Fancy French food and a sexy Mad Men-esque vibe are the big draws; don't miss master bartender Kevin Diedrich's cocktails, etiher.

OAKLAND—Oakland International Airport is beefing up its flight schedule and its culinary offerings. Just in time for summer travel season, here's our guide to OAK's airport eats.

SOMA—Congrats to Saison, which finally cracked the Bauer star meter. It's now the ninth restaurant to hold a perfect rating of four stars from the Chronicle, alongside the likes of The French Laundry, Manresa, and Gary Danko.