February 15, 2017

This Issue:

— Why It’s Time to Return to These SF Restaurants: Whether around for a decade or a couple years, these three restaurants are exhibiting fresh life from new chefs and bar managers.
— Top 3 SF Openings of the Month: January’s three best newcomers serve Cajun/Creole, Italian and sushi plus two notable new bars.
— 24 Hours in Napa: Hitting Japanese and farm-to-table, cocktails and jazz, in downtown Napa. Read more →

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Why It’s Time to Return to Salt House, Dirty Habit & Alembic

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Just like the four “best kept secret” restaurants I recently told you about, these three San Francisco restaurants have garnered new chefs in recent months, and with them, fresh life. All three are worth a revisit as their chefs innovate and serve damn great dishes. Here’s what’s… Read more →

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Top 3 SF Openings – January 2017

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Starting 2017 off with a slew of newcomers, the most notable restaurant and bar openings of January were The Halal Guys (first SF location), Khai, Coin-Op Game Room, Almanac Beer Co., Contrada, The Gastropig in Oakland, Uma Casa, The Korean Kitchen (good for takeout — they do… Read more →

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February 1, 2017

This issue:

— Hottest 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at Liquor.com on 11 notable cocktails around the US.
— 24 Hours in St. Helena: In one of Napa Valley’s great towns, four notable (and out of the way) wineries, where to stay, get coffee and, of course, top places to dine.
— Washington D.C.: As D.C. is hotter than ever for dining, here are seven of the best restaurants now.
— Baltimore: The seven places to eat now, from modern Venezuelan to Maryland seafood. Read more →

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11 February Cocktails Around the US Now

Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at Liquor.com, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars: Tartine Manufactory, San Francisco Long Island Bar, Brooklyn Eat the Rich, Washington D.C. Catherine & Mary’s, Memphis Midnight Rambler, Dallas Oak at Fourteenth, Boulder ‘Aina, San Francisco 2 Birds 1 Stone, Washington D.C. The Front… Read more →

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24 Hours in St. Helena

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Those of us who live in the Bay Area are blessed — for thousands of reasons — but just one being the accessibility of Wine Country in all forms, from Napa to Mendocino, for a quick day or weekend “escape” to sunny vineyards and olive tree groves,… Read more →

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DC: Top 7 Places to Eat Now

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. As I recently dug into Baltimore‘s burgeoning food scene (more on the city’s top cocktail bars this spring), I now explore the exciting scene that is D.C. dining right now. With Michelin arriving for the first time to the nation’s capitol in 2016 (for perspective, the venerable… Read more →

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January 15, 2017

This issue:

— Top 3 Bay Area Openings, December 2016: From Healdsburg to SF, sushi to Mexican, here are the three top newcomers of the month.
— Bread With Dinner: Two SF bread temples that also serve excellent food.
— Two Cocktail Cities on the Rise: Watch out, Asia and Europe, for Taipei and Portugal’s growing cocktail scenes. Read more →

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