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 [...]
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 [...]
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.
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 [...]Read the full post →
The story: The Tipsy Pip has been drawing the crowds to this Marina tavern/pub since it opened in 2009. Chef/Owner Sam Josi offers hearty pig-centric dishes, including a popular macaroni and cheese.
Why I went: I’ve been wanting to try the place since it opened. Initially, they didn’t take reservations, which meant long waits. Recently [...]Read the full post →
The story: Barlago opened several months ago in Oakland’s Adam’s Point neighborhood, in the space that for the longest time was the family-owned Zza’s Italian restaurant. This new reincarnation is by Philip Raskin, who has owned another longtime Oakland Italian restaurant Filippo’s in the Rockridge neighborhood.
Why I went: I was invited by the restaurant [...]Read the full post →
The story: Little Bird Bistro is the cute name to the second restaurant of Gabriel Rucker, who opened the popular Le Pigeon (get it?). Le Pigeon on the eastside of Portland offers fine-dining French food with a tasting menu and hard-to-get reservations. Little Bird, opened in late 2010, is Rucker’s casual, more accessible [...]
SANTA ROSA, Calif.
It’s a busy time in wine country as the annual crush begins at many wineries. In fact, the crush — the harvesting of grapes and crushing into juice to turn into wine — probably started last month for some and will continue for the next few weeks, depending on the region.
Last Saturday, [...]Read the full post →
The story: Considered one of Portland’s most unique restaurants, Roe is like a speakeasy bar since it’s a tiny, intimate restaurant tucked away in the back of the larger seafood restaurant Block + Tackle in the city’s Division neighborhood. Walking to the back and behind heavy curtains, you think you’re going [...]
The story: James Beard Award-winning Chef/Owner Andy Ricker has revolutionized Thai cuisine in the Northwest (and now New York) through his extremely popular Pok Pok restaurant in Portland, which spawned a second location and a whisky lounge. Last year, he opened Sen Yai (which means “big noodles”) to serve up Thai noodles [...]
I’m in Portland this weekend for the 3-year-old Feast Portland food extravaganza. Events and dinners were happening all over the city this weekend, and I got tickets to two events. The first was the most fun: the USA Pears Night Market along the city’s South Waterfront area.
The Friday night event [...]Read the full post →
- A Review of Sonoma Standby The Girl and The Fig
- A Review of the Revamped Fog City (Diner) in San Francisco
- A Review of Street Tacos and More at Belly in Oakland
- Getting Uni Love in this Review of Urchin Bistrot in San Francisco
- A Review of the Tipsy Pig in San Francisco
- A Review of Barlago Italian Kitchen in Oakland
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