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The Square Strawberries-Virginia Miller

Meet You at The Square

THE SQUARE, North Beach (1707 Powell St., 415-525-3579) [Note: Unfortunately, not too long after this review, Claire Sprouse was no longer at The Square and the menu format changed, too, so I can no longer vouch for its quality.] The Square surprised me. As the second incarnation in a historic North Beach space since the legendary Washbag (Washington Square Bar… Read more →

Veggie spread at the Coachman kitchen bar

The Latest: British-Influenced Phan

BRITSH-Influenced PHAN Photos and article by Virginia Miller THE COACHMAN, SoMa (1148 Mission St. between 7th & 8th, 415-831-1701) British-influenced food from Chef-de-Cuisine Ross Wunderlich (formerly at Bar Tartine, SPQR, A16)? Cocktails from one of the country’s great bar directors, Erik Adkins, and Bar Manager John Codd? Cocktail destination Heaven’s Dog closed and converted into a new restaurant and bar… Read more →

Femme Fatale ($13): an Avua Cachaca, Ancho Reyes chile liqueur, coconut, lime cocktail - with boba, soda water, and sprinkling of espelette pepper on top

Sneak Peek: Fifth Floor Becomes DIRTY HABIT – Opening 5/1

DIRTY HABIT, Union Square (12 Fourth St. between Market and Mission in Hotel Palomar, 415-348-1555) Though I will miss the upscale inventiveness of the menu at Fifth Floor, thankfully, the same team is in effect at its new, more casual incarnation, Dirty Habit, opening Thursday, 5/1. Chef David Bazirgan, Pastry Chef Francis Ang, Master Sommelier Emily Wines and Lead Bartender Brian… Read more →

Guam cuisine at Prubechu

Guam Island Breezes in the Mission at Prubechu

PRUBECHU, 2487 Mission St. between 24th & 25th, 415-952-3654 Merely open two and a half months, Prubechu – meaning “you’re welcome” – is easily the tasting menu steal in the city. For merely $40, it’s an imaginative five courses touched with fine dining flair in an uber-casual setting. As the city’s only Chamorro (Guamanian) restaurant, the island breezes of Guam… Read more →

Lolo 2-Virginia Miller

3 Reasons To Check Out the New Loló

LOLO, Mission (974 Valencia Street, between 20th & 21st, 415-643-5656) Loló, with its whimsical, colorful decor and unusual interpretations of Mexican food, has been one of my underrated dining favorites since it opened six years ago. In all honesty, I miss the two-roomed intimacy of its original 22nd Street location. But since they moved just a couple blocks to their… Read more →

Brassicas - a fascinating entree

Verbena: A Showcase for Vegetables

VERBENA, Russian Hill (2323 Polk St. between Union & Green, 415-441-2323) Gather has been my favorite Berkeley restaurant (alongside, what else? Chez Panisse) since it opened in 2010. Though a staunch meat eater, their vegan “charcuterie” wowed me, like the affordable offspring of Scandinavia’s vegetable-heavy creativity or of SF chefs like Coi‘s Daniel Patterson, who have long been pushing the… Read more →