February brought more notable openings, including another two beer-centric restaurants — Fermentation Lab and Woods Outbound (Woods Beer’s outer Sunset location) — as well as two major cocktail bar openings, Rusted Mule and Over Proof inside ABV (my Liquor.com feature on Over Proof here). Standout restaurant openings of February were Glena’s, Bayou Creole Kitchen & Rotisserie and ROOH. I have… Read more →
— 11 Top Cocktails Nationally, March Edition: Linking to my Liquor.com feature on 11 drink standouts now from Vancouver to Napa, Oxford to Memphis, SF to Baltimore.
— 5 New Cheap Eats Standouts: Whether a kosher Israeli bakery, Mexican-Korean taqueria or Pakistani Silicon Valley gem, these five newcomers are affordable and delicious, too.
— Hidden Sushi Gem: Four reasons — including a saké sommelier and a steal of an omakase — to head to a San Bruno strip mall sushi restaurant. Read more →
Covering the 11 hottest cocktails of the month around the US at Liquor.com, you’ll find my bar and drink recommends this month at these bars (click on each for the featured cocktail): Salt House, San Francisco Bookmakers Cocktail Club, Baltimore Southern Efficiency, Washington D.C. Vij’s, Vancouver, B.C. Miminashi, Napa Hog & Hominy, Memphis Mary Eddy’s, Oklahoma City Forgery, San Francisco… Read more →
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 →
Open since December 2014, one of the many hardcore Edomae-style sushi restaurants to pour out across San Francisco and the Bay Area in the last couple years is quietly tucked away in a San Bruno strip mall, just a short, 15-ish minute drive south of the city. 1. A Steal for TSUKIJI FISH Unlike many of the hardcore sushi restaurants… Read more →
— Why It’s Time to Return to These SF Restaurants: Whether around for a decade or a couple years, these three restaurants are exhibiting fresh life from new chefs and bar managers.
— Top 3 SF Openings of the Month: January’s three best newcomers serve Cajun/Creole, Italian and sushi plus two notable new bars.
— 24 Hours in Napa: Hitting Japanese and farm-to-table, cocktails and jazz, in downtown Napa. Read more →
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 →
This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Starting 2017 off with a slew of newcomers, the most notable restaurant and bar openings of January were The Halal Guys (first SF location), Khai, Coin-Op Game Room, Almanac Beer Co., Contrada, The Gastropig in Oakland, Uma Casa, The Korean Kitchen (good for takeout — they do… Read more →
This article was first published here at Table8 where I am national editor. Those of us who live in the Bay Area are blessed — for thousands of reasons — but just one being the accessibility of Wine Country in all forms, from Napa to Mendocino, for a quick day or weekend “escape” to sunny vineyards and olive tree groves,… Read more →
— Hottest 11 Cocktails Around the Country Now: My latest at Liquor.com on 11 notable cocktails around the US.
— 24 Hours in St. Helena: In one of Napa Valley’s great towns, four notable (and out of the way) wineries, where to stay, get coffee and, of course, top places to dine.
— Washington D.C.: As D.C. is hotter than ever for dining, here are seven of the best restaurants now.
— Baltimore: The seven places to eat now, from modern Venezuelan to Maryland seafood. Read more →