Rainbows every day, here on my first day at Sheraton Maui

October 15, 2016

This issue:

— September’s Top 3 Openings: In SF, the three standout newcomers of the month, from an inventive, modern Japanese restaurant that could be one of the best openings of the year to a po boy neighborhood hangout with mint juleps on draft.
— New Orleans: My latest top 8 spots for dining and drink (plus a great food hall, dessert cafe and jazz brunch spot) in my beloved Nola.
— 10 Top Boston Bars: Plus my Boston area interviews with Bob Ryan of Ryan & Wood Distilleries & Yvonne’s bar manager, Nicole Lebedevitch. Read more →

Nomica's laminated brioche with

SF: Top 3 New Openings of September

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The most notable restaurant and bar openings of September were Old Devil Moon, Nomica, Maybeck’s (essentially a renamed Spaghetti Bros.), Mezcalito, Eva’s Waterfront in Oakland and the delightful joys of Taiwanese snow at Powder. Here are my top three newcomers of the month… and why they stand… Read more →

Sons & Daughters' habachi-grilled duck (see Top Tastes)

October 1, 2016

This issue:

— 4 “Best Kept Secret” SF Restaurants: Innovative, 2 Michelin-starred Cal-Indian cuisine that recalls London? Scandinavian crayfish glories in a cozy, revamped space? Here are four standout San Francisco restaurants that somehow stay blessedly under-the-radar.
— Top 11 National October Cocktails & 7 Notable New Bars
— Top 5 Whiskies at Whiskyfest 2016: My five top picks for new whisk(e)y releases — from Scotland to India, Washington to Kentucky — tasted at this year’s Whiskyfest. Read more →

Campton Place lobster in coastal curry

4 “Best Kept Secret” SF Restaurants

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. These four San Francisco restaurants, widely varying in style and price range, have been open for awhile — and are worth a fresh look (or revisit) as their chefs continue to innovate and serve damn great dishes. Innovative, Modern Indian Cuisine: TAJ CAMPTON PLACE, Union Square Moving… Read more →

Yuzuki seasonal vegetable course on the tasting menu

September 15, 2016

This issue:

— The Top New SF Opening of August: Japanese curry shortrib shepherd’s pie? 30 rotating, often rare, draft beers? You’ll want to check out this Russian Hill newcomer.
— Two Japanese Neighborhood Gems That Transport to Japan: These two SF restaurants are out of the way, intimate Japanese restaurants all about “real deal” Japanese food (and, no, they aren’t sushi spots).
— Top 10 Dallas Bars: My latest feature in print at Distiller Magazine, including an interview with Michael Martensen of Dallas’ Proof + Pantry and Madrina. Read more →


The Top New SF Opening of August

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The key restaurant and bar openings of August are Buffalo Theory, Barzotto, Bon, Nene, Nightbird, Tartine Manufactory, Limewood Bar & Restaurant in Berkeley. I’ll be visiting Nightbird soon and Tartine, being the bakery that changed the US baking game, is certainly a special opening with their new… Read more →