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.

Why I went: […]

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MARSHALL, Calif.
One of the popular things to do in the Bay Area is to drive north to Tomales Bay and shuck oysters fresh from the bay. And I’ve made it a couple of times out to Tomales Bay Oyster Co., but today I tried the other popular spot, Hog Island Oyster Co.’s […]

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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 […]

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I can safely say I’ll probably never taste the $5,000 burger at Fleur in Las Vegas, or even the $1,000 pizza at Nino’s Bellissima in New York (no matter how much caviar you pile on that pie). But I never thought I’d see the day when a plate of barbecue brisket […]

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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 […]

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YOUNTVILLE, Calif.
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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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