S.F.'s New Generation of Bar Stars: Lauren Steele
Who: Lauren Steele
Where to find her: Rye, 688 Geary (at Leavenworth), 474-4448
Why she made the list: Under Washington's tutelage, Steele is developing quickly, creating some unique variations on classic cocktails using Italian amaros (bitters). "You can make some incredibly delicious bucks, sours, and Manhattan variations with them," Steele says. "I would have to say, though, that I'm a sucker for any kind of sour."