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Soon after the restaurant Finn Town opened in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, I visited with my friend Craig to check out its brunch. I fell in love with the restaurant’s handsome decor and the refined comfort food coming out of the kitchen.

Much as changed since then, with the major change being […]

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There’s no dearth of sushi restaurants in San Francisco, and lately there’s been a number of high-end spots focused on offering omakase, or a chef’s choice on the menu.

One of those places is Ju-Ni, a tiny neighborhood restaurant in the Divisadero corridor that only seats 12. When it first opened a year ago, it […]

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I live in Oakland but I admit I haven’t spent much time in the Fruitvale neighborhood, a vibrant and historical area in central Oakland that’s known for its Mexican food trucks and Latin American restaurants.

In recent years, the neighborhood has been marred by a reputation for crime and police brutality. But like many places […]

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The story: The one-month-old Shinmai brings another ramen shop to Oakland, and surrounds its noodle offerings with high-end izakaya small bites in a hip, splashy big space on the outer edge of the Uptown neighborhood. It’s the brainchild of Yingji Huang, who also owns Montclair’s Kakui sushi restaurant.

Why I went: Always on the hunt […]

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The story: Opened late last year, Daughter Thai Kitchen has brought upscale Southern Thai cuisine to the Montclair neighborhood in the Oakland hills. From the same people behind Farmhouse Kitchen and Lanna Thai in San Francisco, the focus here is Southern and spicy.

Why I went: Recently we planned a foodie dinner on a Saturday […]

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The story: Saucy Asian is a corner fast-casual eatery in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood, opened by first-time restaurateur Andrew Shinn. The tiny shop features a Korean fusion menu that blends Korean flavors in popular formats like burritos, tacos, and poke bowls.

Why I went: I bumped into the new space when I was visiting my […]

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During baseball season, I like to take a day off in the middle of the week on occasion to catch some Giants baseball. Not only does it give me a chance to get game tickets at a slightly lower rate, but it lets me explore SOMA after the game.

Walking from AT&T Park to the […]

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HEALDSBURG, Calif.
The story: Sonoma Cider is just a 4-year-old company established to create craft cider in the middle of Sonoma County where wine reigns supreme even though heirloom apples orchards can also be found here. The young cider company opened a taproom last October to showcase its variety of craft cider as well […]

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The restaurant business is booming in Oakland, which makes sense given the relatively cheaper rents than San Francisco and how many chefs in the business often can only find affordable living accommodations on this side of the bay.

But much of the activity seems to be concentrated in the city’s Uptown neighborhood, and few going west […]

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The San Francisco Bay Area is in the midst of a sushi boom with Japanese restaurants opening up and serving the chef’s choice tasting menu known as omakase.

The latest, highly anticipated opening is the two-week-old Robin, which opened under the hype of offering contemporary, seasonal California-focused omakase in one of those new slick buildings popping up […]

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It actually feels like summer here in the San Francisco Bay Area, which is unusual given we often have to fight the fog for some hot days. But I’m not complaining because I live in Oakland where we get a nice middle-ground of weather — not too hot and not too cold.

When the weather is nice, […]

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Much is happening in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, and these days you have to be bigger and better.

That’s the route Farley’s East is going as it prepares to unveil its new expanded space at its Grand Avenue location, where it took over the space next door and doubled the size of its cafe. I was […]

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The story: Hanh Nguyen enjoyed the fresh street food growing up in Vietnam, and when her family moved to the United States after the fall of Saigon, they were disappointed that they couldn’t find their favorite dishes here. Her mother opened one of the early Vietnamese restaurants, and Nguyen continues the family tradition with her […]

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HONOLULU
When talking about food in Honolulu, you can’t get away from references to The Pig and The Lady, a popular pop-up that started five years ago. People mention its farmers market stand, or the new casual spot that opened in Ward Village. Either way, you have to somehow try a piggy dish when […]

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