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 →
My review of La Bande at the SF Proper Hotel from chef Jason Fox and team — think “real deal” Spanish tapas, pinxtos and more but with sleek Art Deco vibes.
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 →
The first of my weekly Time Out column digs into four top Bay Area Spanish restaurants, from a vibrant newcomer (Barcino), to two longtime greats (Contigo, Canela), to one downtown Napa treasure (La Taberna)… No over medication – no erection problem at all Brush Your Teeth Most of us are not aware of that there is no need of taking… Read more →