Category: Top Tastes

Leo's Oyster Bar beet blini with caviar

10 NEW JANUARY OPENINGS: Which Ones To Visit… and Why

A preview of a regular column that will be part of the national Table8 blog we are about to launch this Spring — I will cover the Bay Area and am the editor over all writers in other cities. The year has been off to an intense start in the ever-dynamic Bay Area. There have been no less than a… Read more →

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Mina Test Kitchen Little Italy 100-layer lasagna

Top 10 Dishes & New Openings: January 2016

Though SF has been a pioneering dining city for decades longer than the 15 years I’ve lived here — and I’ve been schooled on what food can be since the moment I moved here — 2016 started off with an almost ridiculously excellent eating month. More than half of these restaurants either opened January or in recent months, while a… Read more →

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Fried oysters topped with beef carpaccio at Liholiho Yacht Club

10 Most Important Bay Area Restaurant Openings of 2015

This article was first published at Zagat on December 17, 2015. All photos and the article by Virginia Miller.  2015 has been another banner year in Bay Area restaurants. New openings remain quick and steady and often of such high quality, it’s tough to call out the most notable. While the East Bay brought us a range of openings from… Read more →

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The Keystone's soy calamansi ribs (see Top Tastes)

Top 10 Dishes & New Openings: December 2015

It’s been another month of excellent food from the 10 plus meals I eat out a week, ever hunting for the best. I’ve been enjoying bahn mi sandwiches and Vietnamese coffee in the sunny, new-ish Soapox Cafe on Russian Hill, while I have mixed feelings about VeganBurg, a Singapore vegan burger spot that just opened its first US location in… Read more →

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La Marcha's Paella

Top 3 Dishes & New Openings: November 2015

It’s been a month of intense travel — Paris to Cognac, then on to Charleston (more on all those trips in coming months). And with the holidays, it’s been about returns to old favorites and comforting meals with family at places like Boxing Room, B Star and Belga. Here are my top 3 November dishes and new openings, some from… Read more →

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Nostra Spaghetteria's raviolo burger

Top 10 Dishes & New Openings: September

As I await the opening of the likes of NINEBARK in Napa (a preview that yielded stellar tastes from chef Matthew Lightner formerly of 2 Michelin-starred Atera in NYC, Mugaritz in Spain and Noma in Copenhagen), I’ve also enjoyed healthy, high tech, cheap eats at the new eatsa. Here are my top 10 September dishes and new openings, some from… Read more →

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Salsipuedes' roasted corn

August’s Top 10 Dishes & New Openings

August was quite a month for notable new openings from Oakland to SF, including restaurants like The Keystone in the Mosser Hotel (my Zagat feature on the opening here). I also visited months-old spots, like the solid-though-not-overwhelming Buttermilk Southern Kitchen, or savored old school torta comfort (a steal with massive tortas) at Tortas Boos Voni. On the cheap eats front,… Read more →

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Hokkaido uni at the new Omakase

Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of July

In addition to plates from the Mugaritz chef from Spain cooking at Coi for one night only, here are my top 10 July dishes and new openings, some newcomers, some established spots. 1. Omakase’s Omakase Just open in June, Omakase is another in that blessedly growing category of Japan-esque sushi experiences in SF: tasting menus prepared with reverent precision, heavy… Read more →

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Saison 8-Virginia Miller

Top 10 Dishes & New Openings of June

Here are my top 10 June dishes and new openings, some newcomers, some established spots. 1. Saison’s Special Nigiri Menu Joshua Skenes’ Saison is known the world over for endless accolades and some of the priciest meals in the nation. Now, there is a restaurant-within-a-restaurant, a hidden dining room that is a collaboration between Skenes and Chef Jiro Lin. Lin… Read more →

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