Category: Top Tastes

Three Restaurants With New Chefs, New Menus, New Focus

In my latest Time Out column, I cover these 3 new restaurants reinventing themselves with menus from new chefs — article here: At The Alembic, chef Rachel Aronow is behind one of my new favorite menus in town, crafting well-beyond-the-average house charcuterie and gutsy vegetarian dishes, like her memorable fennel dish, s poached in dry vermouth, partnered with caraway confit, citrus,… Read more →

Top SF Openings — August 2017

The notable restaurant openings of August were Roma Antica (friendly with almost all staff from Italy), Madcap in Marin, Ardiana in Noe Valley (love their brown butter heirloom tomato salad), Khamsa (below), Kitchen 335 in Healdsburg, Mamanoko (formerly Mamacita), Kuma Sushi & Sake (sunny, straightforward sushi spot), Perle Wine Bar in Oakland, another Proposition Chicken in Oakland, Top Round Roast Beef… Read more →

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 →

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 →