Category: Top Tastes

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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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 12 New Bay Area Restaurants of 2016

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. 2016 held steady with many notable new Bay Area restaurants. We lost some greats and said hello to many newcomers, with the heaviest category dose being hardcore Japanese restaurants, whether Tokyo-style edomae sushi temples or pristine kaiseki, fine dining restaurants. A number of the top new openings… Read more →

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SF: Top 3 October Openings

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The key restaurant and bar openings of October are The Morris, Rambler, Elite Cafe, Lao Table, fast-casual The Bird, Motze and Protrea in Yountville (Napa County) — more on a couple of these restaurants next issue. Here are my top three newcomers… and why they stand out.… Read more →

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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 →

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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 Indian Cuisine: TAJ CAMPTON PLACE, Union Square Moving up… Read more →

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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 →

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