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, […]Read the full post →
I like the concept of beer gardens because there’s nothing better on a sunny day than to sit outside with a cold brew.
But sometimes you want to eat something to soak up the suds. And that’s what I’ve noticed about some beer gardens where the menu is nothing more than a few snacks (many deep fried, ugh).
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The story: Belga, which took over the corner space of Cafe Des Amis on Union Street, opened in early summer and is the latest splashy spot in the growing restaurant empire of Adriano Paganini, who gave birth to hot spots such as Beretta, Lolinda, Delarosa (not too far on Chestnut Street), and Starbelly. The kitchen for this […]Read the full post →
I typically spend my weekends checking out food events or new eating spots, but this past weekend was an especially busy one, sending me down to San Jose on Saturday for some bacon and beer and then to San Francisco’s Fort Mason the next day for yet another chocolate salon.
Here’s a look at some […]Read the full post →
The story: The team behind the SOMA wine bar 25 Lusk decided to focus on beer and decided to create a modern beer garden — inside a mall! General Manager Chad Bourdon and Chef Matthew Dolan last year opened Tap 415, a gastropub on the fourth floor of the Westfield San Francisco Centre.
Why I […]Read the full post →
I’m more a wine than beer drinker, but there’s something about a warm, sunny day that makes me want to just chug down a cold, refreshing mug of beer. That’s exactly what I was doing yesterday when I visited the Westbrae Biergarten in the northwest area of Berkeley.
Westbrae is a popular new beer garden […]Read the full post →
The story: Old Major is Chef/Owner Justin Brunson’s shrine to the swine, with a kitchen that produces its own charcuterie and butchers all its animals for the menu. But it’s not just meat, there’s seafood that’s locally sourced, just like the meats, to ensure a true farm-to-table approach to dining in Denver’s LoHi […]
SAN JOSE, Calif.
If there are two things that go together, it’s got to be bacon and beer. Put that in a ballpark setting, and what could go wrong?
Absolutely nothing, if this past weekend was any indication when the Bacon and Beer Classic arrived at the San Jose Municipal Stadium. I was lucky […]Read the full post →
The story: The Tipsy Pip has been drawing the crowds to this Marina tavern/pub since it opened in 2009. Chef/Owner Sam Josi offers hearty pig-centric dishes, including a popular macaroni and cheese.
Why I went: I’ve been wanting to try the place since it opened. Initially, they didn’t take reservations, which meant long waits. Recently […]Read the full post →
The story: Seattle-born Paul Krug moved to New York a few years ago and began craving the food of his hometown, specifically the teriyaki sauce prevalent in Seattle’s Japanese (and later) Korean cuisine. He opened up Glaze in Manhattan offering up a casual spot to find so-called Seattle-style teriyaki using fresh and healthy ingredients. It’s now grown to three […]Read the full post →
You can’t go wrong with burgers and beer in a college town, even a sophisticated foodie one like Berkeley.
So it makes sense that the chain Eureka opened up its first Northern California location in downtown just a few blocks from the University of California at Berkeley. (BTW, they put an exclamation point at the […]Read the full post →
The Mission Bowling Club is probably one of the most unusual places to grab some food in the Bay Area.
Building on the retro trend of upscale bowling alleys, Mission Bowling in the city’s Mission District is an intimate spot with six bowling lanes and a food program headed by Chef Chris Kiyuna. (When the […]Read the full post →
Beer halls seem to be bubbling up in Oakland like the runaway foam that spills over your glass when you get beer on tap.
But of all the versions of beer halls, I love the idea of the beer garden, or biergarten – pubs with large outdoor seating, serving up food perfect for beer.
One […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed its doors in early 2015.
There are some beautiful restaurants making a splash in the San Francisco dining scene lately, and one that hasn’t really gotten much press is Abbot’s Cellar.
The restaurant – in the white-hot 700 block of Valencia Street in the Mission district – is by the same […]Read the full post →
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