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 →
The story: Okane is the new izakaya by restaurateur Kash Feng, who opened the popular Omakase sushi restaurant in SOMA. Omakase was opened as a tasting menu-only dinner spot offering up chef’s choices (the English translation of omakase) while Okane, which is right next door, is a little larger but offers a more casual […]Read the full post →
The story: SOMA restaurant Radius emphasized the local sustainable dining movement, saying it got ingredients within a certain radius of the restaurant. But after five years, owner Jon Whitehead closed Radius and revamped the space into a Latin-Caribbean inspired small plates spot, which opened in March. He brought in Chef Mark Furr (most recently of […]Read the full post →
The story: Marlowe was an established fixture in a cozy SOMA spot, but now it’s front and center in a corner spot a few blocks away on Fourth and Brannan Streets. Under the supervision of Executive Chef Jennifer Puccio, Marlowe recently branched out into the intense San Francisco brunch scene.
Why I went: I was […]Read the full post →
The emergence of Chantal Guillon is an interesting story. A few years back she made a splash into the local macaron scene by opening Paulette’s in a tiny shop in Hayes Valley, shipping in macarons made by the popular Beverly Hills bakery.
But then Guillon wanted to branch out on her own, so she cut […]Read the full post →
The story: Bar Agricole in San Francisco’s SOMA district made a splash when it first opened, winning rave reviews for its interior design but also for the food of then Chef Brandon Jew. The chef has since left, and now diners are rediscovering Bar Agricole with the food stylings of Chef Melissa Reitz (formerly of Camino and […]Read the full post →
The original food trucks were sometimes nicknamed “roach coaches” because they would often scatter from one spot to another, probably because they were evading parking restrictions or traffic enforcers.
But as food trucks have gained in popularity and legitimacy, they’re beginning to stake their claim on territory. In San Francisco, you don’t have to follow […]Read the full post →
Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is one of those San Francisco institution notorious for its long lines, for years forming from its tiny diner in the gritty Tenderloin area. Earlier this year, it moved to a larger space, yet still retained the line and gritty personality on Sixth Street just south of Market.
I’d never been […]Read the full post →
Spring is my favorite season, with its bright colors and sense of renewal (Happy Easter BTW). And that’s why I waited until now to check out the new AQ.
AQ is the concept restaurant by Chef/Owner Mark Liberman, who changes the menu and the restaurant esthetics every quarter with the season. The styling of the […]Read the full post →
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