Top SF Openings — July 2017

The notable restaurant openings of July were Shinmai (Oak – 7/14-ish), Mac’D, Robin, Barcino, Namu Stonepot and Ippudo in Berkeley. I am about to visit Shinmai and Namu Stonepot but among the rest, here are my top two newcomers of the month… and why they stand out. Nigiri Cool — Robin, Hayes Valley I’ve written a lot on the hardcore… Read more →

August 15, 2017

This Issue:

— Top 7 Dishes of the Month: Whether Albuquerque or SF, tikka masala mac n’cheese or proper BBQ ribs, here are the dishes that wowed most in July.
— Culinary Chicago: My first Alaska Airlines’ article is on the great city of Chicago, its current standouts in food, hotels and the arts (theater to music).
— Time Out Magazine: The the first SF print issue of Time Out Magazine — and yours truly is writing the food & drink sections. Check out 6 articles, including features on high-end soft serve at SF restaurants, an urban wine crawl in Oakland’s Jack London Square, interviews with chef Preeti Mistry and the owners of sour beer haven the Rare Barrel — plus my TO reviews on the new restaurant and bar openings worth visiting.
— Where to Eat & Drink in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: Top 12 bites, restaurants, stands and drinks.
— A Unique Resort Experience in Mexico: In Puerto Vallarta, a major resort innovates with a house tequila program. Read more →

Time Out Magazine: July 2017

The first print edition of Time Out Magazine San Francisco is here. Time Out has long been my #1 go-to for what’s happening in NYC and one of a few key sources I reference when narrowing down my eat and drink “hit lists” around the globe. In SF’s print edition, the Eating and Drinking sections are written by yours truly.… Read more →

August 1, 2017

This Issue:
— Top 3 Openings of the Month: Modern Eastern European, pre-concert rotisserie and an all-day, New American restaurant even better than its original location.
— Top 7 Dishes of the Month: Whether Russian food in Portland or Taiwanese food in Louisville, Indian to Low Country-influenced cuisine in SF, here are the dishes that wowed.
— 11 Top National Cocktails of the Month: Creative cocktail standouts at top bars/restaurants from SF to Tulsa, Vancouver to Baltimore.
— Where to Eat & Drink on Magical Prince Edward Island, Canada Read more →

Top SF Openings — June 2017

June’s notable restaurant openings were RT Rotisserie, Duna, Alta from Daniel Patterson Group in late May, seafood gem Hook Fish, poké and Asian fusion (Korean-influenced burritos, tacos, bowls, etc.) Saucy Asian, another locale from the Big Night Restaurant Group, Petit Marlowe and Mockingbird in Oakland. It’s been a short but mighty list of openings this month, whether opened by a restaurant… Read more →

11 Top Cocktails Around the US Now — August Edition

Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars/restaurants (click on each for the featured cocktail): Coin-Op Game Room, San Francisco Hodges Bend, Tulsa Fox Bar, Chicago The Roosevelt Room, Austin Foreign Cinema, San Francisco Kissa Tanto, Vancouver, B.C. Aviary, Portland, OR Rich Table,… Read more →