skool has been on my to try list since it opened two years ago. and i finally made it for a late saturday dinner with a few friends (one of whom is a diehard skool fan). the service was exceptional, and the food delicate, flavorful, and interesting. we enjoyed several bottles of red (which our server was happy to let us sample before committing), two dozen washington state oysters, mushroom fries, hamachi crudo, mussels, crab risotto, shrimp and scallop ceviche, and a trio of desserts with two rounds of espresso martinis on the side. not only did the food win me over, but the espresso martinis was on par with my beloved nopa, adding a twist of creaminess all its own. we will definitely be back!



had an impromptu sunday night date at nopa with the gf. snagged two seats at the bar, as always, and enjoyed incredible food and cocktails, including a concoction by one of our favorite bartenders, the “dag-dammit.”

chicken soup, fresh herbs and smoked cayenne peppers
early girl tomato salad, feta, olives, garlic croutons and balsamic
flatbread of spicy fennel sausage, eggplant, mizuna and gruyere
avocado salad, spiced chickpeas, cucumber and cherry tomatoes
we also wanted the olive oil poached albacore with haricot vert, soft cooked egg and aioli, but we got too full (very sad!)

dag-dammit: evan williams single barrel bourbon, grapefruit twist, spoon of grapefruit juice, brown sugar molasses (like a bright old fashioned)
blue bottle espresso martini

560 divisadero (at hayes)
san francisco, ca