From the monthly archives: May 2015

The story: Chef Ryan Farr walked away from the daily grind of the restaurant world a few years ago to spend time with his family, and since then has built a meat empire called 4505 Meats that spawned a butchery, farmers market stands, and cult following for chicharrones. Last year he opened a casual […]

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The story: Seems like most of the new ramen shops opening up in San Francisco lately have been second locations of established winners instead of newcomers. And the latest example is Orenchi Beyond, the cleverly named, sophisticated city version of the extremely popular Santa Clara Orenchi. The original Santa Clara location has notorious lines (sometimes […]

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I call this my pimped out potato salad. You might think it’s weird to use seafood in a potato salad, but growing up in Hawaii it was pretty common to include crab when making potato salad. Sure, it was imitation crab but it added that unique umami flavor to what could be a bland, starchy salad.

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The story: Aatxe is the latest restaurant from the Ne Timeas Restaurant Group, which brought to San Francisco such popular restaurants as Flour + Water and Central Kitchen. But this latest venture, which opened last month in the Swedish American Hall building on Market Street on the way to the Castro neighborhood, has a Spanish twist […]

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The story: Former Bar Tartine chef, Chris Kronner, devoted his last years to perfecting the burger through a year-long late night pop-up inside Bruno’s in San Francisco’s Mission District. For his permanent spot, he went across the bay (like many restauranteurs) to Oakland, moving into an old diner space in the Piedmont Avenue neighborhood. After months […]

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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.

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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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