The Castro has finally become a dining powerhouse in recent years, with restaurants like Frances and Starbelly moving in. And in the last year, new spots like Fable, Hi-Tops, Slider Bar, and Super Duper are bringing the variety.
The latest, Pesce, is a transplant from Polk Street and takes over the […]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 →
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 →
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 →
Once a popular Hawaiian restaurant (and reportedly a brothel and speakeasy way back when), the space at the corner of Masonic and Geary Boulevard is now home to the Corner Store.
Owners Miles Palliser and Ezra Berman envisioned the 7-month-old restaurant as a gathering place for the neighborhood. So it was an appropriate setting for […]Read the full post →
The Dogpatch – a neighborhood springing up amongst the warehouses in the Southeastern edge of San Francisco – has seen a lot of newcomers in recent months, including a chocolate cafe, new cheese shop and wine bar.
One of the constants for the area has been Piccino, a café that opened more than six […]Read the full post →
But putting up his stake over in the Inner Sunset near the popular 9th and Irving neighborhood is Chef-Owner Jose Calvo-Perez and his 2-year-old Pasión restaurant. Calvo-Perez […]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 →
One of the first T.V. cooking shows I watched as a little kid was “Yan Can Cook” featuring the gregarious Chef Martin Yan. Maybe because he reminded me of an uncle, I watched as he diced and chopped his way around the kitchen to make hearty Chinese dishes that were both familiar and exotic.
Through […]Read the full post →
Brenda’s restaurant seems to be a popular spot to gather, as demonstrated by the countless groups of people who come for its popular brunch.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 →
When you name a place Toast, you can bet you’ll get some breakfast food all day long.
I’ve heard about Toast Eatery for a bit, but I have to say I’m confused about how the various restaurants around the Bay Area are related. There are the Toast restaurants in the North Bay (in Mill Valley […]Read the full post →
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