From the monthly archives: October 2014

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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UPDATE: This restaurant announced it will close its doors at the end of July 2015.

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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PORTLAND, Ore.
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 […]

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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, […]

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