Who doesn’t like a food fight? Well, how about a Lobster Rumble?

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending (as a guest) San Francisco’s first ever Tasting Table Lobster Rumble presented by Lexus. Tasting Table has put on these claw-clinging competitions for the last few years in New York and Los Angeles, and has now [...]

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The story: Hog Island Oyster Co. has been serving up fresh local oysters for years at the San Francisco Saturday farmers market, and when the Ferry Building was refurbished, Hog Island opened up an oyster bar that is often crowded. Earlier this year, it expanded and took over the adjacent space that was once home of [...]

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The story: The owners of Fork Cafe in the Castro suddenly closed earlier this year and did a quick-change to reopen as Slurp Noodle Bar, thinking that the neighborhood needed an all-noodle eatery to complement the various Asian, Italian, California, and diner concepts firmly established in the hood.

Why I went: I love noodles, and [...]

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ST. HELENA, Calif.
The story: Opened in 2005 by Napa Valley restauranteur Leslie Rudd, Press Restaurant in St. Helena has garnered a lot of attention in recent years, and this year has snatched Chef Trevor Kunk (formerly chef de cuisine of famed Blue Hill Restaurant in New York) as its new executive chef, bringing [...]

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SONOMA, Calif.
The story: The quaint Girl and the Fig restaurant first opened in 1997 in Glen Ellen but moved to the historic town square of Sonoma in 2000. A regular stop for people checking out wine country, the restaurant is known for its rustic French brasserie-style dishes and service.

Why I went: I [...]

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The story: The original Fog City Diner, opened in 1985, became an instant classic for San Francisco with its waterfront views and regular clientele of local politicians. When the restaurant closed for renovations last year, it reopened as a re-imagined Fog City (diner dropped) as a modern restaurant that still retained the comfort food charm. Established [...]

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The story: Owners Alice Woo and Alan Chun worked at fusion-focused restaurants like Nobu and Asia de Cuba. But when they moved to Oakland, they couldn’t find restaurants serving similar fare so they decided to open their own, a tiny fast-casual corner spot on San Pablo Avenue on the same block as the popular Hopscotch.

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The story: Husband-and-wife duo chefs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani made a name for themselves with their popular Terra restaurant in St. Helena and the elegant Ame in the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Now they’ve opened a casual French bistro called Urchin Bistrot in the food hotspot Mission District and in the very spot [...]

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