Tag Archive for Vegetarian

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Top 7 Dishes (+ Top 2 Openings) of January

New Chefs, New Menus My Zagat take on new menus from brand new chefs at Gather in Berkeley and Marla Bakery in SF. New Openings of the Month Starting the new year off with a bang, there is a lot of promise at Californios (initial Zagat First Look here), a creative, high end-but-reasonably-priced tasting menu with Mexican influences in an… Read more →

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The Year-in-Review, 5 New Openings, Healthy Eats, An Oakland Revamp, Napa Newcomer & More

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook. Special Features & Year-in-Review Interview with the owners of Kokkari, SF’s #1 Zagat-rated restaurant Bay Area Holiday Dining Survival Guide SF’s… Read more →

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Broccoli and cheese re-imagined at The Tradesman in the Mission

Top Tastes: Where to Eat Near BART Stations, Best Burgers, Los Gatos Eats, 4 New Bay Area Openings & More

From my many articles a week as Zagat Editor, I summarize and link to just some coverage highlights here – you can follow along on Twitter @ZagatSF, where I post daily, or on my own @ThePerfectSpot via Twitter or Facebook. Essay/Opinion Piece Changing Tastes: You Can Learn to Eat (Even Like) Everything with Commentary from Harold McGee New Bay Area… Read more →

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Verbena: A Showcase for Vegetables

VERBENA, Russian Hill (2323 Polk St. between Union & Green, 415-441-2323) Gather has been my favorite Berkeley restaurant (alongside, what else? Chez Panisse) since it opened in 2010. Though a staunch meat eater, their vegan “charcuterie” wowed me, like the affordable offspring of Scandinavia’s vegetable-heavy creativity or of SF chefs like Coi‘s Daniel Patterson, who have long been pushing the… Read more →

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Sea Change at Weird Fish & Georges

Two unrelated seafood restaurants have quietly undergone chef and menu changes in the last year. Less than impressed with both when they debuted, they’ve taken a turn for the better. There’s a low-key Mission seafood outpost with a vegan emphasis, Weird Fish, now Dante’s Weird Fish, and a Financial District restaurant catering to the FiDi set, Georges, with upscale-casual seafood.… Read more →

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Vegetarian Delights at Potrero Hill’s Source

SOURCE, Potrero Hill (11 Division Street near DeHaro, daily for lunch and dinner, weekend brunch, 415-864-9000) Yes, I’m a meat eater. I want animals treated humanely, with loving care and long lives. But I personally don’t feel I could possibly be a full-fledged food writer and not eat virtually everything. Food prejudices are not allowed. My motto is: if any… Read more →

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5 Books for Holiday Gift-Giving

For the foodie and drink hounds among you, here are a few recent book releases to delight and enlighten. FOR THE WINO Secrets of the Sommeliers by Rajat Parr and Jordan Mackay – Secrets of the Sommeliers, a new book from local SF treasures (sommelier extraordinaire Rajat Parr and drink writer Jordan Mackay) is the best wine book to come… Read more →

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60’s Retro Dining, Oysters & Southern Ham, Upscale Vegetarian, Mission Chinese & More Cheap Eats

Top Tastes, rather than a list of all-time favorites (another thing altogether), are among the best eats since my last newsletter, often from new openings. Many don’t make the cut, being a revisit previously written about or simply not as stand-out as dishes mentioned. EXPENSIVE RESTAURANTS THERMIDOR, SoMa – The Mad Men craze is a natural for me as that… Read more →

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