Tag: Spanish

12 years in, familial Spanish restaurant, Canela Bistro & Wine Bar, has become a Castro institution

Chef Mat Schuster opened Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in 2011 on ever-bustling Market Street in the heart of the Castro. I remember those early days when Canela was immediately a cozy, inviting neighborhood Spanish restaurant. This was before still-excellent Spanish spots like Bellota opened in 2016. And since, we’ve lost some of our best Spanish go-tos like Contigo and Barcino. Read more →

Why this tapas restaurant has become a Castro institution

Chef Mat Schuster opened Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in 2011 on ever-bustling Market Street in the heart of the Castro. I remember those early days when Canela was immediately a cozy, inviting neighborhood Spanish restaurant. This was before still-excellent Spanish spots like Bellota opened in 2016. And since, we’ve lost some of our best Spanish go-tos like Contigo and Barcino. Read more →

Inside The Pawn Shop: SoMa’s New Restaurant/Wine Bar is Already Drawing Crowds (and a little controversy)

My latest at Time Out covers the playful new Pawn Shop, feeling plucked from Miami, Latin America or Europe — and drawing a bit of early controversy for its “tone deaf” themed storefront. But once inside, it’s a party of a tapas wine bar and restaurant that fills a unique niche. My article here. Enter a faux pawn shop storefront on dodgy 6th… Read more →

SF: Top 3 May Openings

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The 10 key openings of May are Itani Ramen in Oakland, Mac Daddy, Fenix, Homage, Sushi Hashiri, Popsons, Orson’s Belly, Bellota, Sababa and Laszlo’s reopening. While there are strengths at each — all but one of which I’ve visited — here are my top three newcomers… and… Read more →