Category: Top Tastes

Comstock Saloon's day boat scallops ($22) and shredded cauliflower in lemon relish and galangal ginger sauce

6 New Chefs Reinvigorating Bay Area Restaurants

This is 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 national editor over all cities/writers.  With the constant flush of new openings in this queen of dining cities — and so many stellar newcomers — it becomes quite… Read more →

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Mister Jiu's silken tofu

APRIL OPENINGS: Which Are Worth Visiting… and Why

My article was first published here on our national Table8 blog where I am national editor. The key openings of April are: Mister Jiu’s, ‘aina, Wes Burger, Wildhawk, Horsefeather, The Lodge on Haight, Bar San Pancho, Barbary Coast Gastropub. The Lodge is great for affordable, order-at-the-counter eats in the Lower Haight and I’ll save ‘aina for May since it just… Read more →

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Juicy, baby firefly squid (hotaru ika) in green onion and mustard miso

MARCH OPENINGS: Which Are Worth Visiting… and Why

My article was first published here on our national Table8 blog where I am national editor. The top openings of March are: Joe’s of Westlake (soft opened at the end of February — I will visit soon), Indian Paradox, Pagan Idol (more on one of the most fun new bars in SF here), Waxman’s. Here are my top pick and why… Read more →

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'Aina's spam musubi

Top 5 Bay Area Dishes: March 2016

Per usual, I’ve been dining up a storm at many a newcomer, covered in my top openings and standout dishes of March. In addition, here are my five top tastes from three of SF’s best restaurants, one new bar menu and one pop-up dinner preview of an upcoming restaurant. 1. RICH TABLE’S FRIED CHICKEN MADELEINES Since opening in 2012, Evan… Read more →

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The Treasury shrimp cocktail

10 February Openings: What’s Worth Visiting… and Why

This is 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 national editor over all cities/writers.  The 10 top openings of February are: Starboard, Ijji, Mensho Tokyo, The Treasury, Antoinette in Berkeley, High Treason (more to come when… Read more →

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Dragon Beaux xiao long bao

Top 5 Bay Area Dishes: February 2016

Per usual, I’ve been dining up a storm at newcomers like Matador (tacos and tequila near Union Square), Cuban food in Oakland at Casa Cubana, French-inspired cuisine at Antoinette in the Claremont Hotel in Berkeley (from Dominique Crenn) or bagels at the new Wise Sons Bagel & Bakery. I’ve returned to established favorites, like vegan goodness at Nourish Cafe or… Read more →

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RN74's lobster thermidor

RN74 Revived With A New Chef & Menus

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Hidden Gems: Here we highlight some of the best under-the-radar restaurants we find often get missed by the press or restaurants with notable changes (like new chef, menu or concept) that warrant a revisit. Since opening in 2009, RN74 has been a stellar wine destination with a… Read more →

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Leo's Oyster Bar beet blini with caviar

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

This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. The year has been off to an intense start in the ever-dynamic Bay Area. There have been no less than a few openings a week, many of note, some downright exciting. The 10 most notable openings of January are: Volta, Nojo Ramen Tavern, Teleferic Barcelona in Walnut… 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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