An Extraordinary, Ultra-seasonal, Japanese-inspired Tasting Menu in Wine Country

What: Single Thread @ST_Farms Newly opened and it’s already been awarded the San Francisco Chronicle’s highest honor — four out of four stars by critic Michael Bauer. I don’t always share my food opinions with Bauer, but when it comes to the level of brilliance and care coming out of Single Thread, it’s hard to […]

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Cooking with Smoke and Direct Fire at Primitivo in the Garden District

What: Primitivo @EatPrimitivo At this NOLA newcomer, our waitress explained that there isn’t really a theme or nationality that guides the menu Primitivo, just a philosophy. That philosophy is to use local, seasonal ingredients and prepare them in some manner that involves their gigantic open-flame hearth. Smoke is the key to nearly every dish they […]

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There’s a Michelin Starred Chef’s Counter Hidden Inside of This Hot Dog Shop

What: Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs @BubbledogsKT A speakeasy-style high-end chef’s tasting menu hides behind a curtain in the back of a hot dog shop. Where: SoHo near the Theatre District 70 Charlotte St. Fitzrovia, London W1T 4QG, UK When: Based on the price point and difficulty of snagging a reservation alone, this definitely falls into […]

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I Will Never Not Be in the Mood for a Loaf of Mazzola’s Lard Bread

What: Mazzola Bakery @MazzolaBakery A few blocks of the main Court Street drag of Cobble Hill is a tiny, jam-packed, take-out only, old-school sweet and savory baked goods shop called Mazzola Bakery. There’s a huge variety of baked treats available, but I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever had a single item from Mazzola, but it’s […]

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Is It Sushi? Is It A Burrito? Or Is It Something Else Entirely?

It’s a strange concept. Take a dish that is naturally light, fresh, delicate, and dainty — supersize it — and throw as many crunchy, creamy, fusiony ingredients as you can into it. What do you get? A sushirrito. Even before I had moved to San Francisco, Sushirrito was already near the top of my SF […]

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Pristine, but Pricey Sushi Tasting Menu on Divisadero

What: Ijji @IjjiSF A microscopic, unmarked, serene sushi den specializing in high-quality nigiri most of which is imported from Tokyo’s famous Tsukiji market Where: Lower Haight / Divisadero Corridor 252 Divisadero St. San Francisco, CA 94117 When: Definitely splurgy in terms of pricing, so save this one for a special, intimate date night. […]

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Feed a Family of Four with a Single Pastrami Sandwich at Harold’s

What: Harold’s NY Deli An old-school NY-style sit-down delicatessen serving monstrous portions of all of the Jewish classics. I’m by no means the first to speak the praised of the place – it’s been written about all over the place including in Saveur, the New York Times, as well as a feature on Man vs. […]

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Unusual Yucatan Specialties from a North Beach Hole-In-The-Wall

What: Panuchos Let’s name all the Mexican dishes you’re used to finding in restaurants. Tacos, burritos, nachos, tortas, quesadillas, flautas, tostadas, etc, etc, etc. I bet we could go on and on and on. But, how about a “panucho”? Ever heard of that? I certainly hadn’t before this meal, but I’ll get more into that […]

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This Cozy, Neighborhood Cocktail Bar is Perfect at Any Time of Day

What: Two Sister’s Bar and Books @2sistersbar The best cocktail spot in Hayes Valley also just so happens to serve up incredibly delicious bar bites. Where: Hayes Valley 579 Hayes St. San Francisco, CA 94102 When: Perfect for whenever you need a quiet bar and a great cocktail. It’s an ideal date night spot, works […]

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