Top SF Openings — February 2017

February brought more notable openings, including another two beer-centric restaurants — Fermentation Lab and Woods Outbound (Woods Beer’s outer Sunset location) — as well as two major cocktail bar openings, Rusted Mule and Over Proof inside ABV (my Liquor.com feature on Over Proof here). Standout restaurant openings of February were Glena’s, Bayou Creole Kitchen & Rotisserie and ROOH. I have… Read more →

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March 1, 2017

This issue:

— 11 Top Cocktails Nationally, March Edition: Linking to my Liquor.com feature on 11 drink standouts now from Vancouver to Napa, Oxford to Memphis, SF to Baltimore.
— 5 New Cheap Eats Standouts: Whether a kosher Israeli bakery, Mexican-Korean taqueria or Pakistani Silicon Valley gem, these five newcomers are affordable and delicious, too.
— Hidden Sushi Gem: Four reasons — including a saké sommelier and a steal of an omakase — to head to a San Bruno strip mall sushi restaurant. Read more →

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11 March 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 (click on each for the featured cocktail): Salt House, San Francisco Bookmakers Cocktail Club, Baltimore Southern Efficiency, Washington D.C. Vij’s, Vancouver, B.C. Miminashi, Napa Hog & Hominy, Memphis Mary Eddy’s, Oklahoma City Forgery, San Francisco… Read more →

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5 Affordable Bay Area Newcomers

Every month I cover the top new openings out of all restaurants and bars that have opened that month in the Bay Area (as I visit almost all of them — recent months here). Often these are mid-range or affordable, but sometimes a new opening is a “cheap eats” kind of gem but not necessarily one of the top 2-5… Read more →

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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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