Few U.S. cities have a fraction of the world class bakeries that line San Francisco, a city that has led the baking renaissance of the past 20 plus years — again in the 1970s-80 and was a baking leader since the 1800s when famed Boudin Bakery established the city as the world’s sourdough capital.
These two new bakeries — Juniper and Starter Bakery — feel already poised to join our long list of bakery greats, of which any single one would top the “bests” in any city. Read more →
These newcomers or new menus cover the gamut, from elevated German beer hall fare to Sichuan Chinese. Alongside this month’s full restaurant reviews, these six are also worth visiting, with last month’s standouts here (as always, I’ve personally vetted, visited or ordered from each place reviewed): Read more →
We already know what happens when chef David Barzelay and the team of two Michelin-starred Lazy Bear open a more casual spot. Bar-centric with stellar bar food True Laurel is one of the best bars in the nation, thanks to the inspired, one-of-a-kind cocktails of owner Nicolas (Nic) Torres (also behind the new Buddy bar). As of December 8, 2021, Barzelay and partner Matthew Kirk (former sous chef of Lazy Bear) opened Automat, just north of the Panhandle in the former Green Chile Kitchen space. Read more →
My latest article for The Bold Italic, published June 25, 2021 (my regular Bold Italic articles here), covers 5 of the Bay Area’s best queer-run restaurants and cafes:
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My dining column in Bob Cut magazine covers standout newcomers and longtimers worth supporting.
I’m covering outdoor and indoor dining, takeout and delivery restaurants, all of which I’ve vetted, visited or ordered from. Here are this month’s 10 standouts: Read more →
My dining column at print and online magazine, Bob Cut — column details and my philosophy here — covers standout newcomers and longtimers we want to keep supporting. During shelter-in-place pandemic times, I cover outdoor dining, takeout and delivery restaurants:
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My dining column at print and online magazine, Bob Cut — column details and my philosophy here — covers standout newcomers and longtimers we want to keep supporting. During shelter-in-place pandemic times, the column is in takeout/delivery mode:
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As with the past decade plus, here are my top 14 new Bay Area restaurant openings of 2019: Read more →
Karaweik Burmese Cuisine Published by Where Traveler (my other Where articles here) in August 2019, my article on 10 standout San Francisco newcomers, from Nigerian food to a Marin seafood haven: — Mago, Oakland — William Tell House, Tomales (Marin) — Eko Kitchen — Palette — Flour+Water Pizzeria — Fiorella Polk Street — Sushi Nagai — Noe’s Cantina — Tartine Inner Sunset — Karaweik Burmese… Read more →
In my latest Time Out column, my top openings of the month join other standout newcomers for a top 15 on where to eat now (article here). Merchant Roots’ Fire course in the Elements dinner: a delicious dry-aged ribeye, sunchoke coals, red wine reduction, horseradish cream and leek ash And in recent years, more and more people are having these days.… Read more →