From the monthly archives: January 2015

UPDATE: Nakano and his investors had a falling out and Hapa was abruptly closed in March 2015.

The story: Chef Richie Nakano is one of the early chef pioneers on social media, known mostly as “linecook” through his blog about his early days working the line at San Francisco’s Nopa restaurant and then his Ferry […]

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A lot is happening in the mid-Market area of San Francisco, long lost to the homeless and drug use from the encroaching Tenderloin. But when Twitter moved into a shiny new building known as Market Square, splashy luxury condos followed and now the first of many retail developments has arrived.

I’m talking specifically of The Market, a […]

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The story: Sacred Wheel Cheese Shop is a longtime cheese store across the street from a corner strip mall in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, but along with the cheese and specialty food items people come for Chef-Owner Jena Davidson’s creatively-named sandwiches and world-famous mac n’ cheese.

Why I went: I didn’t know about this place until […]

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MILLBRAE, Calif.
The story: Shanghai Dumpling Shop is a no-nonsense Chinese restaurant in the heart of the little downtown of Millbrae, serving up Shanghainese food, including the popular soup dumplings known as xiao long bao.

Why I went: I love Shanghai soup dumplings and when I noticed fellow foodie Foodnut Instagrammed a photo […]

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The story: Boulettes Larder opened in 2004 as a tiny specialty shop and restaurant in San Francisco’s Ferry Building, and grew a cult following for its breakfast dishes. Chef Amaryll Schwertner and her business partner, Lori Regis, expanded to an adjacent space two years ago to create the Bouli Bar (where I’ve already dined) […]

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The story: The Broadway corridor between Rockridge and Temescal in Oakland is undergoing a food transformation, with the arrival of a Blue Bottle Cafe, freshly opened Trueburger and adjacent Cafe Underwood. But one of the more prominent arrivals is Clove and Hoof, a butchery and casual restaurant at the corner of Broadway and 40th […]

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The story: Located in the far reaches of San Francisco’s Sunset District, Outerlands has been drawing crowds since it was a little cafe near Ocean Beach. It’s especially popular for weekend brunch, with long waits. Owners Dave Muller and Lana Porcello expanded next door, giving the interiors a fresh, reclaimed wood rustic decor. Last year, […]

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