The story: Seems like most of the new ramen shops opening up in San Francisco lately have been second locations of established winners instead of newcomers. And the latest example is Orenchi Beyond, the cleverly named, sophisticated city version of the extremely popular Santa Clara Orenchi. The original Santa Clara location has notorious lines (sometimes […]
I call this my pimped out potato salad. You might think it’s weird to use seafood in a potato salad, but growing up in Hawaii it was pretty common to include crab when making potato salad. Sure, it was imitation crab but it added that unique umami flavor to what could be a bland, starchy salad.
The story: Aatxe is the latest restaurant from the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, which brought to San Francisco such popular restaurants as Flour + Water and Central Kitchen. But this latest venture, which opened last month in the Swedish American Hall building on Market Street on the way to the Castro neighborhood, has a Spanish twist […]
The story: Former Bar Tartine chef, Chris Kronner, devoted his last years to perfecting the burger through a year-long late night pop-up inside Bruno’s in San Francisco’s Mission District. For his permanent spot, he went across the bay (like many restauranteurs) to Oakland, moving into an old diner space in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood. After months […]
The story: Magnolia Brewing Co. is a landmark in its corner spot in San Francisco’s Haight neighborhood, but it’s outgrown its basement brewery and last year brewer/owner Dave McLean moved into a large facility in the industrial Dogpatch area. Along with brewing his beer, the spot includes a huge bar and BBQ restaurant called Smokestack.
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The story: Marlowe was an established fixture in a cozy SOMA spot, but now it’s front and center in a corner spot a few blocks away on Fourth and Brannan Streets. Under the supervision of Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, Marlowe recently branched out into the intense San Francisco brunch scene.
Why I went: I was […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef William Lue has a long history of dishing up Burmese food in the Bay Area, starting out in San Francisco’s Richmond district in the same spot that was eventually taken over by the insanely popular Burma Superstar, and lately doing some cooking from a food truck. But last month he landed in an […]Read the full post →
The story: Bistro Jeanty is an often-recommended restaurant in Napa Valley, having been around since 1997 and the reputation of Chef-Owner Philippe Jeanty, who was born in Champagne, France, and came to California in the late 1970s to cook in fine-dining restaurant Chandon. Over the years, other restaurants sprouted around Bistro Jeanty, […]
The story: AL’s Place on the edge of San Francisco’s Mission District is named after Chef/Owner Aaron London, who previously helmed the kitchen of the now-defunct, vegetable-focused Ubuntu restaurant in Napa. At his own place, London continues to celebrate the greens, and all the good things that go with them.
Why I went: I made an […]Read the full post →
The story: Lazy Bear had a cult following when it was an underground pop-up restaurant, notifying newsletter subscribers of upcoming dinners via email. Last year it finally established itself as a full-fledge restaurant when it opened its doors in the Mission, but still continued to break ground by creating a dining experience with a pre-paid […]Read the full post →
San Francisco is in the midst of a bakery renaissance, with several new shops opening up to large crowds and long lines. Just drop by Mr. Holmes Bakehouse on any given day around 9 a.m. and you’ll know what I mean.
And across town in the emerging Dogpatch neighborhood south of the AT&T ballpark, another […]Read the full post →
The story: Haven in Oakland is part of Daniel Patterson’s restaurant group, opened three years ago in Jack London Square offering seasonal California cuisine. Recently the restaurant had some chef shuffles, with the opening chef (Kim Alter) moving on and Patterson bringing back Charlie Parker, who opened Patterson’s former Plum restaurant and most recently worked […]Read the full post →
Snaps on the Go
- Ramen Review at Orenchi Beyond in San Francisco
- Potato Salad with Uni (Sea Urchin) Recipe
- A Review of Tapas at Aatxe in San Francisco
- A Review of Opening Weekend for KronnerBurger in Oakland
- A Review of Dogpatch’s Magnolia Brewing Co. + Smokestack BBQ in San Francisco
- Shucking Oysters at Hog Island Oyster Farm in Marshall