The story: Finn Town Tavern in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood is the latest venture of local celebrity chef Ryan Scott (“Top Chef” and frequent “Today Show” guest), and in many ways it’s his most established spot to date after dabbling with a food truck and then a casual eatery (Market & […]Read the full post →
It’s that time of year when it’s traditionally slow at restaurants, coming off the holidays when people are recovering from bills. In recent years I’d say that didn’t seem to be a problem in the San Francisco Bay Area, where people seem to love going out to eat.
But we’re coming off several days of […]Read the full post →
Japanese food in America typically takes two extreme routes, either the traditional authentic approach or the crazy fun concepts that serve up things like dragon rolls.
But at the new Nomica by Yoshi Tome, owner of the popular Sushi Ran in Sausalito, Tome presents a middle road that draws on traditional flavors but presents dishes […]Read the full post →
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: After establishing himself with Aziza out in the neighborhoods, Michelin-star Chef Mourad Lahlou opened his bold and brassy self-named Mourad restaurant in SOMA just south of San Francisco’s Financial District earlier this year. The large restaurant is housed in the historic Pacific Telephone building on New Montgomery.
Why I went: When my brother […]Read the full post →
It’s been more than a year since Bon Appetit named Izakaya Rintaro one of the top 10 Best New Restaurants in America. But after a recent visit for dinner with my brother who was visiting, this San Francisco hot spot is still one of the best restaurants in the country, albeit not so new any […]Read the full post →
For the last five years, Chambers Eat + Drink has been anchoring the restaurant space at the hip Joie de Vivre’s Phoenix Hotel in San Francisco, following in the footsteps of Backflip, Bambuddha Lounge and briefly, Miss Pearl’s Jam House.
The space always had a bit of the rock scene, accentuated by the poolside dining and […]Read the full post →
The story: Ijji Sushi opened earlier this year on Divisadero near Haight as a nigiri-only sushi spot, helmed by chefs/co-owners Billy Kong (formerly Saru Sushi) and Kua Catuang (formerly Seiya). This month, the tiny San Francisco restaurant (17 seats) switched to an omakase-only menu, providing a prix fixe 19-course tasting (five starters and about 13 […]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: 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 →
One of the most talked about restaurants in San Francisco these days features dishes not from one chef but as many as 30.
I’m talking about In Situ, the new restaurant on the ground floor of the recently expanded SFMOMA. The modern and contemporary restaurant is the creation of Chef Corey Lee, who owns the […]Read the full post →
Tasting menus seem to be trending in San Francisco right now. And I’m not talking about the astronomically priced ones served up at places like Saison or French Laundry, but what I’ve noticed are the refined plates and casual settings for tasting menus at restaurants like Lord Stanley in Russian Hill.
More than a year old, Lord […]Read the full post →
The story: Salisa Skinner grew up in a traditional Bangkok home where the women filled the kitchen with delicious food and where Asian children were encouraged to pursue professional careers. So Skinner graduated with a law degree and clerked at a Silicon Valley law firm until her passion for cooking drew her to make a career shift and […]Read the full post →
The San Francisco Bay Area has always had an affinity for Hawaii, and there’s a sizable Hawaiian contingent on the Mainland, as evident by the annual Aloha Festival. But replicating popular Hawaiian food (or “grindz” as the locals call it) has mostly been relegated to BBQ teriyaki plates or some kind of pineapple […]Read the full post →
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