Jan
15
2015

Top Tastes

Branzino at Bobo's Lounge

Branzino at Bobo’s Lounge

My Top Food Articles: January 1-15, 2015

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

New SF Openings

Californios & Chef Val Cantu’s Creative, Mexican-Influenced Tasting Menus

Hot Dish: Chris Cosentino’s “Ham” Burger at the new Cockscomb

3 New Ramen Shops to Try

2015’s Most Anticipated New Openings

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Californios' vegetable course

Californios’ vegetable course

Underrated & Established Spots

Italian by way of Asia at Bobo’s Lounge

7 Top Spots for Healthy Eating Now

Hot Dish: Lamb Belly at Scandinavian Destination, Plaj

Unsung Heroes: Flying Fish Bar & Grill in Half Moon Bay for fish tacos & garlic cheesy bread

Wine Country

Weekending in Yountville: Where to eat, drink, massage, go ballooning or bike riding

3 Dishes to try at St. Helena’s Brand New Cook Tavern

A notable new bakery and lunch take-out spot in St. Helena

East Bay

Exploring Desco’s House Pasta Menu – 3 Standouts

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Jan
01
2015

Top Tastes

Starting with exquisite bites (oh, that sausage!) at The Progress, from State Bird Provisions' owners, just open mid-December

Starting with exquisite bites (oh, that sausage!) at The Progress, from State Bird Provisions’ owners, just open mid-December

My Top Food Articles: December 16-31

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

Special Features: Year-in-Review

My Year in Dining & Drink article

My NYE (and New Year’s Day brunch) Bay Area Guide

New SF Openings

What to Eat & Drink at Chris Cosentino’s new Cockscomb

State Bird sister restaurant The Progress opens next door

What to eat & drink at Union Square’s new 398

3 things to know about STEM, the new Mission Bay restaurant with edible gardens, bocce ball and Bay views

What to order at downtown’s new SOMA Eats & Bottle Shop

SoMa’s new Crepe Madame, Brittany-style crepes in a charming, tiny cafe

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

The brilliant "ham" burger at Chris Cosentino's new Cockscomb

The brilliant “ham” burger at Chris Cosentino’s new Cockscomb

Underrated & Established Spots

Unsung Heroes: Matterhorn, an authentic fondue escape to Switzerland on Van Ness

3 Italian dishes with Japanese flair at Plin in the Mission

Hot Dish: octopus uni risotto at RN74

Hot Dish & Drink: barrel aged cocktail and sweet potato dish at Per Diem

$10 Lunch: Puerto Rican food in the Upper Haight at Parada 22

Wine Country

Weekending at Auberge du Soleil in Rutherford

Trendspotting: Brittany-style crepes

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Dec
15
2014

Top Tastes

Game Restaurant, new on Nob Hill in the legendary Masa's space

Game Restaurant, new on Nob Hill in the legendary Masa’s space

My Top Food Articles: December 1-15

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

Special Features & Year-in-Review

Interview with the owners of Kokkari, SF’s #1 Zagat-rated restaurant

Bay Area Holiday Dining Survival Guide

SF’s 5 Hottest Dining Neighborhoods of 2014

2014 Bay Area Food & Drink Trends

New SF Openings

$10 Lunch: healthy and packed with flavor – lunch at the new Picnic on Third in SoMa

5 things to try at the Marina’s new Seed + Salt – all of it vegan and gluten free

3 things to eat at the new Game (in the historic Masa’s space) on Nob Hill

Ideal neighborhood market Bom Dia opens in Noe Valley

Hottest new pizza openings of the year

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Picnic on Third - new, healthy, gratifying in SoMa

Picnic on Third – new, healthy, gratifying in SoMa

Underrated & Established Spots

4 things to know about the new chef and menu at Gitane

RN74 from a vegetarian perspective – an array of creative new vegetarian dishes

Oliveto’s innovative new sound system addresses noisy dining

Wine Country

Napa Valley newcomer: what to love at Archetype in St. Helena

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Dec
01
2014

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Peking duck at Crystal Jade

Peking duck at Crystal Jade

My Top Food Articles: November 16-30

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

New SF Openings

Hapa Ramen opens its first brick-and-mortar – with cocktails – in the Mission

Crystal Jade opens its first location outside Asia along the Embarcadero

Project Juice’s new Mission shop and first raw food menu, soon to roll out at all locations

The hottest new bakeries in SF

Pies at Ice Cream Bar & the new A Dora Pie in Berkeley

House truffles and gelato pops at Sixth Course in the Mission

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Squab tikka masala at Farmer & The Fox, St. Helena

Squab tikka masala at Farmer & The Fox, St. Helena

Underrated & Established Spots

9 cheesiest dishes (best dishes featuring cheese) now

East Bay

Upscale British food at The Growlers’ Arms in Oakland

The US’ first cat cafe opens in Oakland

Wine Country

Just what Napa needed: La Taberna, an all day destination for Spanish food and sherry, wine, Madeira

The Farmer & the Fox in St. Helena – one of the great new Napa Valley restaurants

Brenda's Meat & Three's fried bologna pimento cheese sandwich

Brenda’s Meat & Three’s fried bologna pimento cheese sandwich

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Nov
15
2014

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In the Napa town of St. Helena: The Restaurant at Meadowood bar bites (see eat at

In the Napa town of St. Helena: The Restaurant at Meadowood bar bites (see How to Eat for $30 at Top-Rated Restaurants)

My Top Food Articles: November 1-15

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

New SF Openings

First Look: ALEMBIC’s new kitchen opens – what to eat on the new menu

7 things to order at Traci Des Jardins’ new Arguello in the Presidio

3 things to order at the new Klyde Cafe near Union Square (including one of the best new burgers in town)

What to order all day long at the new Brenda’s Meat & Three (yes, a sister restaurant to the long-wonderful Brenda’s French Soul Food)

Sweet Tooth: Lush Gelato opens on Polk Street

The Whole Beast Menu at The Hall: beef spider cuts & duck hearts

Tikka Masala reopens as Tikka Masala & Pizza in the Upper Haight

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Cedar-smoked trout - on  Alembic's excellent new menu post-new kitchen buildout

Cedar-smoked trout – on Alembic’s excellent new menu post-new kitchen buildout

Underrated & Established Spots

3 things to know about Yuzuki Japanese Eatery & its new chef (hint: it transports me back to Japan)

How to eat for $30 or less at 8 top-rated Bay Area restaurants

10 coziest Bay Area restaurants

East Bay

3 new East Bay brunches

10 coziest Bay Area restaurants

Wine Country

12 Essential Sonoma Restaurants

How to eat for $30 or less at 8 top-rated Bay Area restaurants

10 coziest Bay Area restaurants

Authentic, lush Japanese desserts at Yuzuki in the Mission

Authentic, lush Japanese desserts at Yuzuki in the Mission

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Nov
01
2014

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Artful food at under-the-radar Napa gem, 1313 Main

Artful food at under-the-radar Napa gem, 1313 Main

My Top Food Articles: October 16-31

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

New Bay Area Openings

BURMESE fare & BRITTANY-style CREPES arrive at Upper Haight’s SECOND ACT MARKETPLACE

First Look at HUXLEY in the TENDERLOIN

2 NEW OAKLAND BURGER OUTPOSTS (also with Asian-influenced tacos and craft beer)

TWISTED DONUT & SWICH: Outer Sunset’s sweet new duo

TINY WARRIOR: A new Mission coffee outpost with creative iced coffees & a pour over coffee menu from various producers

PAPABUBBLE: Barcelona import with housemade hard candies

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Squid at brand new Huxley

Squid at brand new Huxley

Underrated & Established Spots

8 Under-the-Radar LUNCHES in San Francisco (including new lunches, off-the-beaten path spots and upscale places with discounted lunches)

SECRETLY AWESOME: 10 Under-the-Radar Bay Area Gems

10 SF COMFORT FOOD CLASSIC DISHES

CAFE JACQUELINE, an Unsung Hero – the “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” of souffles

$10 Lunch: JANNAH, SF’s best Iraqi cuisine?

$10 Lunch: sandwiches at MORTY’S DELICATESSEN near Civic Center

Secretly Awesome: GUSTO in SAN CARLOS

Wine Country

10 TOP EDIBLE STOPS in SANTA ROSA (Sonoma County)

6 things to know about 1313 MAIN in DOWNTOWN NAPA

NOBLE FOLK PIE & ICE CREAM in Healdsburg (Sonoma County)

FLAVOR! NAPA VALLEY readies for its 4th year mid-November

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Oct
15
2014

Top Tastes

Tunisian pastries at Bistro L'Aviateur

Tunisian pastries at Bistro L’Aviateur

My Top Food Articles: October 1-15

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

New Bay Area Openings

First Look: THE HALL with 6 food and drink vendors in one food hall Mid-Market

All-day dream cafe, LES CLOS, opens from Saison sommelier Mark Bright, serving impeccable French food & wines

MARLOWE reopens in the former Coco500 space, now with cocktails

BISTRO L’AVIATEUR opens in the Mission with French-Tunsion charm

MONK’s KETTLE REOPENS with sidewalk seating and new draft system

MINI-CREAM PUFFS at new CHOUX BAKERY in Lower Haight

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Divine garlic Parmesan knots with fermented tomato butter at new BR+Table cocktail paired chef's table at Burritt Room + Tavern

Divine garlic Parmesan knots with fermented tomato butter at new BR+Table cocktail paired chef’s table at Burritt Room + Tavern

Underrated & Established Spots

CHARLIE PALMER’s BURRITT ROOM + TAVERN: New Chef’s Table with cocktail pairings

OAKLAND’s HOMESTEAD, one year in

10 Great DISHES NOW at Top-Rated ZAGAT Restaurants

BOXING ROOM’s new Sunday jazz brunch

SECRETLY AWESOME: Dive bar lunch at BOX KITCHEN in a SoMa alley

PATHOS, Berkeley’s Greek dining, wine and cocktail destination

Best Thing We Ate: Avocado dish at AVELINE

10 HOTTEST NEW SF Restaurants Now

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Oct
01
2014

Top Tastes

Lazy Bear: the view from the upstairs lounge overlooking the main dining room

Lazy Bear: the view from the upstairs lounge overlooking the main dining room

My Top Food Articles: September 16-30

Photos and articles by Virginia Miller

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook.

New Bay Area Openings

First Look at sold out, ticketing-only LAZY BEAR, a cult pop-up turned restaurant

First Look inside the newly-renovated QUINCE

HECHO opens in the Castro with Mexican-American food (with a Tex Mex slant) & tequila/mezcal cocktails

Every Friday: 25 NEW RESTAURANTS TO TRY IN THE BAY AREA

Underrated & Established Spots

10 Hottest SF & Oakland BRUNCH SPOTS now

Authentic Oaxacan dishes at AGAVE MEXICAN in HEALDSBURG

7 Hottest SUSHI RESTAURANTS now in the Bay Area

Top dishes on HAKKASAN’s new fall menu

Best Thing We Ate: RICH TABLE’s raw halibut with bone marrow “puree”

Events

MICHAEL MINA’s Tailgate Parties and new Bourbon Steak & Pub at the 49er’s LEVI STADIUM

What’s new at OFF THE GRID’s TWILIGHT at the PRESIDIO – sunset by Golden Gate Bridge with cabana rentals and fire pits

SOBA NOODLE & PASTA Workshops in SF and Healdsburg (Sonoma County)

SCHROEDER’S OKTOBERFEST Events

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