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 […]Read the full post →
I admit I’m not a big bubble tea drinker. I joke that people shouldn’t have to eat their tea (bubble tea gets its name from the boba pearls added to the sweet tea drink).
Apparently, I’m the only person that really thinks this because everyone is crazy for the Taiwanese-style bubble tea as demonstrated by […]Read the full post →
Cala is the San Francisco restaurant by noted Mexico City chef Gabriela Camara (Contramar), and it’s opening people’s eyes to what Mexican food can and should be.
It definitely opened mine.
My friends know my often-quoted complaint about Mexican food: To me, it always seems to be the same basic ingredients (meat, beans, rice, […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Dominique Crenn, who garnered a Michelin-star for her high-end tasting menu at Atelier Crenn, has opened a casual French restaurant in the former Bar Jules space in Hayes Valley. With executive sous chef Aaron Thayer, Crenn invites diners to imagine eating at her mother’s and grandmother’s kitchen, transporting them to the French […]Read the full post →
The story: Chef Corey Lee established himself in San Francisco’s fine-dining scene when he opened the exquisite Benu restaurant in SOMA. For his second restaurant, he takes a more casual route but still creates a sophisticated and modern French bistro spot called Monsieur Benjamin on the ground floor of a splashy new building in Hayes Valley.
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Walking into the tiny and narrow Gourmet and More, I felt like all my senses were in overcharge with the colorful displays and assortment of food products. I’d heard of this little gourmet grocery stores for francophiles but it’s so small you’d miss it on a quiet stretch of Gough if you weren’t looking.
Opened […]Read the full post →
It’s so new, there’s no signage outside or around the 20th Century Café in Hayes Valley. For awhile I kept referring to it as the 21st Century Café. So I was off by a century.
The little corner café – built in a renovated space that used to be a coin wash spot – is […]Read the full post →
A few years back I read about a store in Manhattan that sold only rice pudding and I wondered how anyone could just eat rice pudding day in and day out? Well, that’s the same feeling I got when I noticed the new Schulzies in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley, which sells only bread pudding.
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UPDATE: The chef/owner announced in early 2015 that she will be closing the restaurant to focus more on her family.
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 […]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 →
I bet even husband-and-wife chefs Evan and Sarah Rich couldn’t predict the immediate success their new restaurant, Rich Table, would achieve in just a mere six months.
The restaurant, in the former Paul K spot in Hayes Valley, showcases the couple’s culinary lineage (he from Quince and she from Michael Mina, to name a few) […]Read the full post →
The flavors of Louisiana are making their presence known in the city by the bay with restaurants like Brenda’s French Soul Food, 1300 On Fillmore, and the planned Presidio restaurant Dixie. And it’s no wonder, during this economy, that people would be looking for the comfort of southern home cooking.
The French-Creole styling […]Read the full post →
This tiny neighborhood in San Francisco always has something new happening, but it retains a calm that probably makes it so attractive to tea lovers.
How else can you explain that Hayes Valley was once the home of the experimental tea restaurant Modern Tea (now closed) and an outlet of Salmovar Tea? And now it’s […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: The restaurant was purchased by a Japanese conglomerate and will close in August 2015 and reopen in October under a new name.
There’s no doubt that the Japanese izakaya is the new pizzeria in San Francisco. A lot of new restaurants or plans for new restaurants play on the model of Japanese small bites […]Read the full post →
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