The chef: At his eponymous restaurant, Zaré at Fly Trap, chef Hoss Zaré combines the flavors of his Iranian childhood with the farm-to-table ethos that has shaped his 27 years as a California chef. The new menu includes nods to the history of San Francisco and of Zaré himself, like a Hangtown Fry with Persian accents.
What he craves: “I head to the cozy Lavash on Irving Street. The owner, Nazila Talai, is also a florist, and she has the most beautiful flower arrangements. I love the atmosphere because it’s not your typical white tablecloth space. There are mustard-colored walls, a flickering fireplace, and a homey painting of kebabs over the fireplace. I order something different every time, but I always get the kotlet ($6.50): two light potato-ground beef patties, herbs, and tomato. I wrap everything in little bits of lavash. It’s the perfect way to begin a meal.” 511 Irving St. (near 6th Ave.), 415-664-5555
Originally published in the October 2013 issue of San Francisco