High-end omakase menus continue to trend in the San Francisco Bay Area, and this past weekend I checked out the latest entry from noted Chef Masa Sasaki (Maruya) and his self-named Sasaki on the edge of the city’s Mission neighborhood.
The unassuming corner spot (across the street of the popular Flour + Water) telegraphs the […]Read the full post →
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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The story: It’s no coincidence that the rise of Outerlands occurred when its kitchen was under the helm of Brett Cooper. Now the chef is back in a more elegant-but-still-casual dining room in the Mission with Aster, in cooperation with the Daniel Patterson Group.
Why I went: The Mission is a lot easier for me […]Read the full post →
The story: AL’s Place on the edge of San Francisco’s Mission District is named after Chef/Owner Aaron London, who previously helmed the kitchen of the now-defunct, vegetable-focused Ubuntu restaurant in Napa. At his own place, London continues to celebrate the greens, and all the good things that go with them.
Why I went: I made an […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant announced it will close its doors at the end of July 2015.
The story: Husband-and-wife duo chefs Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani made a name for themselves with their popular Terra restaurant in St. Helena and the elegant Ame in the St. Regis Hotel in San Francisco. Now they’ve opened a casual French bistro […]Read the full post →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in early November 2015.
The story: The people who made tacos hip with their Tacolicious restaurants now want to do the same with Chinese food, specifically Taiwanese-style street food through the restaurant Chino. (Note: The name officially has the Spanish-style punctuation where an exclamation point is seen first and last, […]Read the full post →
I’m continuing my coffee education by visiting some of the city’s most popular coffee houses. And entering the jam-packed Four Barrel coffee house on Valencia Street in the Mission, I knew a lot of coffee gets poured day in and day out.
Even on a weekday afternoon, there was a line of coffee drinkers waiting. […]Read the full post →
A San Francisco classic, families come to Mitchell’s on the southern edge of the city’s Mission and Bernal Heights neighborhoods, crowding the front benches and licking up flavors […]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 →
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 →
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 →
UPDATE: This restaurant closed in late 2014.
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 […]Read the full post →
Mission Chinese Food is indescribably. Is it a pop-up? Is it a shared restaurant? Is it really Chinese food?
Nothing really applies to this uniquely San Francisco restaurant, which originally began as a weekly pop-up with visiting guest chefs in a longtime divey Chinese restaurant and then turned into a modern Chinese-American spot attracting foodies […]Read the full post →
Earlier this summer I saw the documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” and if you’ve seen it too and you’re like me, you’re probably wondering if you’ll ever taste such exquisite sushi as one imagines is being served by sushi master Jiro Ono.
Of course, since then I’ve been craving sushi. But knowing I could […]Read the full post →
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