Chef James Syhabout of Oakland’s Commis and Hawker Fare plans to open a new restaurant called Box and Bells this spring in the Rockridge neighborhood.
While I wait for his latest venture to open, I thought I’d make a long-overdue return to his first gem, the one-Michelin-star Commis on Piedmont Avenue. The last I [...]Read the full post →
My impression of izakaya – the Japanese casual drinking spots akin to a gastropub – is that of hearty dining with lots of drinking and laughing. The Bay Area has experienced an uptrend of izakaya showcasing grilled food (yakitori) and small bites, but Izakaya Yuzuki seems to break the mold.
Refined. Exquisite. Delicate. Transformational. These [...]Read the full post →
When I was talking about San Francisco classics making their way to this side of the bay, District wine bar was another clear example that came to mind.
A cozy, South of Market wine bar serving up wine flights and small bites near the AT&T ballpark in the city, District duplicated itself last year [...]Read the full post →
Longtime San Francisco dim sum tea house Yank Sing has a mixed reputation – some people love the delicate dim sum treats while others shy away because of the premium prices.
It’s been a long time since I visited this dim sum classic inside the Rincon Center near the Embarcadero, and when my niece was [...]Read the full post →
To me, Bar Jules epitomizes the neighborhood restaurant: cozy dining room, friendly service, casual menu, and simple dishes.
The 5-year-old restaurant on the edge of the popular Hayes Valley continues to draw a crowd, and its quaint and bright surrounding makes it a perfect setting for brunch. A sign of its popularity, when I visited [...]Read the full post →
One thing nice about living in Oakland these days is that it doesn’t take that long for San Francisco classics to find their way here.
Rosamunde Sausage Grill is the latest example of popular San Francisco eateries expanding into the East Bay, often in the lower-cost destination of Oakland. I often would see crowds flowing [...]Read the full post →
There’s always been a touch of Hawaii along Clement Street in San Francisco’s Richmond District, what with the Asian community’s fondness toward the 50th state. But with last year’s opening of Grindz, Hawaiian food has been polished and reinterpreted for Californians.
I stumbled upon Grindz a few weeks ago when I was looking for lunch [...]Read the full post →
You’d think that a restaurant that emphasizes local seafood would be along the Embarcadero or Fisherman’s Wharf, but Local’s Corner is found at Bryant and 23rd in San Francisco’s Mission District.
From the same people behind Local Mission Eatery – which focuses on sustainable seasonal ingredients from the area – Local’s Corner puts the spotlight [...]Read the full post →
Today, Christians start observing the 40 days of Lent. But last night Christians and non-Christians alike celebrated Fat Tuesday with parties, good food, and lots of drinking.
I got into the fun by checking out the Boxing Room’s mini Mardi Gras festivities, and joining me was my food blogging friend Sandy of Foodhoe’s Foraging. [...]Read the full post →
Oakland is in the middle of a restaurant boom, with several major openings in just the last few weeks. But none has been as anticipated as Duende, the restaurant and bar by former Oliveto chef Paul Canales.Read the full post →
Awhile back during the holidays, I had my hands on some wheels. And while I typically would go far searching for ramen, this time I was craving xiao lung bao, the delicious juicy Chinese soup dumplings.
And when searching for XLBs, it makes it easy when a restaurant has it right in its name. Someone [...]Read the full post →
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