San Francisco's RN74
, cloned at the renovated Joshua Green building at Fourth and Pike by restaurant empire-builder Michael Mina, is named for a highway in Burgundy. The menu started out high-end Franco-New American, but changed to still-high-end modern French bistro in 2013; the loud, hyper-stylish interior features one of those train-station signs with the flip-over letters, here listing bottles of wine. The sommelier is Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen (Cafe Juanita
); as of 2013, after more than one chef change-up, Mina Group corporate chef David Varley had been brought in. Fun facts: Mina was born in Cairo, but he grew up just east of the mountains in Ellensburg, and at one point he worked at the terrible restaurant at the Space Needle
Make reservations for RN74 here.
1433 Fourth Ave,
French, New American
Wine Bar, Cocktail Lounge
Mon-Sat 4-6 pm ($3 Rainier, $7 beer and shot, $6 highballs, $7 cocktail of the day, $7 glass of wine, $28 bottle of wine, $2-$24 small bites and meals).