From the monthly archives: August 2013

Restaurants and bars have a challenge in Union Square, where they’re up against the fact that locals think they’re over-run by tourists. And when you’re tucked on the second floor of a boutique hotel, it can be downright a mystery.

But sometimes places in Union Square provide that old San Francisco charm, and that’s very much […]

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There are tons of thin-crust pizza options these days, so how does a pizza restaurant break out from the pack? Add a waterfront view and outdoor patio.

That’s the winning formula for the relatively new Forge Pizza in Oakland’s Jack London Square. The spacious restaurant has outdoor seating equipped with fire pits for the cool […]

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Oakland’s Jack London Square has been hoping for a revival, and it’ll probably be the many new restaurants opening in this waterfront area that will save the day.

So it’s only fitting that the area was the featured neighborhood of last night’s Dishcrawl, a food event that guides food lovers around four mystery restaurants in […]

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Lunch options around my office in Oakland’s Uptown district continues to fancy up with the recent opening of Umami Burger.

The L.A.-based chain opened its third Northern California location at the corner of a food vortex near Broadway and Grand that’s home to Plum and Ike’s Sandwiches. I’ve tried its San Francisco spot […]

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It’s no secret I’m a big baseball fan, but right now the San Francisco Giants are playing retro torture baseball, making it really hard to watch.

So when the game’s not going well, it’s nice to check out another sport or some cute guy across the way. You can do both at Hi Tops, […]

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The most stylish debut at the San Francisco food mecca aka the Ferry Building in recent years goes to Bouli Bar, which opened last month with an eye-catching decor that looks like something out of a hotel lobby.

Bouli Bar is the next generation of Boulettes Larder, the popular brunch spot that’s been in the […]

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Kappa is a treasure that’s been hiding in San Francisco’s Japantown for more than 20 years.

A tiny restaurant owned by husband-and-wife team Toshiaki and Rumiko Kimura (he cooks, she serves), the restaurant is on the second floor of a longtime Japantown building that is now home for mostly karaoke clubs. (The building used to […]

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I had the pleasure recently of interviewing Russell Moore, noted chef/owner of Camino restaurant in Oakland’s Grand Lake neighborhood.

The interview was for the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival blog. Chef Moore will be one of the featured chefs invited to cook in the islands in the annual September event. Lucky man!

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