Wise Sons, the popular Mission deli, opened a bagel shop in the Fillmore earlier this year. But I waited till after my trip to New York this summer because I wanted a baseline since the people behind Wise Sons said they couldn’t find the perfect New York-style bagel in the Bay Area.

I visited with […]

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The story: Nojo opened a few years ago in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, building on the izakaya craze for Japanese grilled eats. But the owners sold the restaurant last year to a Japanese conglomerate called AP Company, and it reopened earlier this year as a ramen restaurant with small bites.

Why I went: The […]

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Arsicault Bakery’s journey seems like the Cinderella story of bakeries.

The tiny bakery in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood opened earlier this year, serving up flakey croissants and tarts to neighborhood fans. Owner Armando Lacayo, a graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute, wanted to make croissants like his grandparents did in their tiny bakery […]

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I will go far and wide to try new restaurants, but sometimes it’s nice when you can just walk down the street.

In the nearby Temescal neighborhood in Oakland, Blackwater Station has been serving up American bistro fare for the past year. But only recently did I make it in to check out the spot […]

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San Francisco is home to several marketplaces, where food stores and eateries assemble together in a shared space. The Ferry Building is the grand-daddy of them all, but mini marketplaces have popped up around town, which makes sense given the high commercial rents in the city.

One marketplace that opened earlier this year is called […]

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When Firebrand Artisan Breads opened last fall in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, it attracted the weekday lunch crowd from nearby offices with a partnership with Pal’s Takeaway who sold creative sandwiches from a window embedded in the modern bakery.

But earlier this summer, Firebrand and Pal’s Takeaway parted ways and Firebrand co-owners Matt Kreutz and Colleen Orland […]

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Halloween over the years has really turned into more of a party for the adults than the kids.

So when I started seeing red beets in the farmers markets lately, the bleeding red that typically happens when cooking with beets inspired me to create this dramatic pasta dish for a very adult-like Halloween dinner.

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Everyone kept telling me to check out Tartine Manufactory, the new culinary destination from the people behind the widely popular Tartine Bakery. So this weekend, in between the rain storms, I visited the space in the Mission area bordering Potrero Hill.

The warehouse-like space isn’t a bakery, or even a cafe. But it’s what co-founders […]

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District made a name as a wine bar when it opened almost 10 years ago in San Francisco’s SOMA neighborhood close to Mission Bay and a stone’s throw from AT&T Ballpark.

While it still draws the crowds, it now can’t be referred to as a wine bar after it got its full liquor license a […]

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After my full week in New York, I spent a long weekend in Chicago and had just as much fun dining on the culinary scene in this exciting city.

I’ve traveled to Chicago a few times over the last few years, and every time I visit I see a growth in the culinary scene, not […]

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