From the monthly archives: November 2016

A Review of Davenport in Portland

On November 30, 2016 By

PORTLAND, Ore.
The story: Opened three years ago, Davenport represents the trend of chefs focused on local, seasonal ingredients cooked in casual, homey settings. Chef/Co-owner Kevin Gibson, who once cooked at Castagna and then a pop-up at a sandwich counter, changes the menu to showcase the ingredients of the Pacific Northwest.

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PORTLAND, Ore.
During this Thanksgiving weekend, I flew up to Portland for a quick holiday weekend to visit my sisters. But even though we had a big Thanksgiving dinner (we celebrated on Friday since I flew in late Thursday), I convinced my sister we needed to try the new Afuri ramen restaurant in Portland’s […]

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The story: Ijji Sushi opened earlier this year on Divisadero near Haight as a nigiri-only sushi spot, helmed by chefs/co-owners Billy Kong (formerly Saru Sushi) and Kua Catuang (formerly Seiya). This month, the tiny San Francisco restaurant (17 seats) switched to an omakase-only menu, providing a prix fixe 19-course tasting (five starters and about 13 […]

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The story: The Morris is the highly anticipated new restaurant from Paul Einbund, a sommelier who has worked at some of San Francisco’s finer establishments, from Daniel Patterson’s Coi to Melissa Perello’s Frances. He’s now struck out on his own, opening the splashy new restaurant in the former home of longtime Slow Club on Mariposa.

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Wise Sons, the popular Mission deli, opened a bagel shop in the Fillmore earlier this year. But I waited till after my trip to New York this summer because I wanted a baseline since the people behind Wise Sons said they couldn’t find the perfect New York-style bagel in the Bay Area.

I visited with […]

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The story: Nojo opened a few years ago in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood, building on the izakaya craze for Japanese grilled eats. But the owners sold the restaurant last year to a Japanese conglomerate called AP Company, and it reopened earlier this year as a ramen restaurant with small bites.

Why I went: The […]

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Arsicault Bakery’s journey seems like the Cinderella story of bakeries.

The tiny bakery in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood opened earlier this year, serving up flakey croissants and tarts to neighborhood fans. Owner Armando Lacayo, a graduate of the San Francisco Baking Institute, wanted to make croissants like his grandparents did in their tiny bakery […]

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I will go far and wide to try new restaurants, but sometimes it’s nice when you can just walk down the street.

In the nearby Temescal neighborhood in Oakland, Blackwater Station has been serving up American bistro fare for the past year. But only recently did I make it in to check out the spot […]

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