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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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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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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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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This is Undoubtedly the Best Po’ Boy Shop in all the Land

What: Parkway Bakery and Tavern @ParkwayPoorboys This bar and restaurant is quite old, very famous, and generally regarded as the ultimate place to go for the very best poboys in NOLA. Where: Midcity 538 Hagan Ave. New Orleans, LA 70119 When: This is the kind of place that’s perfect for any time you need a […]

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Lord Stanley Brings Super-Restrained Scandinavian Style to Russian Hill

What: Lord Stanley @Lordstanley_SF You can file this one under ‘I just don’t get it.’ Despite the fact that Bauer and most SF reviewers absolutely adore this trendy Nordic date spot, I just can’t seem to understand the effusive outpouring of positivity. Where: Russian Hill / Polk Gulch 2065 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 […]

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Emeril Lagasse Still Has A Few New Exciting Tricks Up His Sleeve

What: NOLA @NOLARestaurant One of three Emeril-owned restaurants in his hometown of New Orleans. The menu is full of Cajun classics, with plenty of unique twists to keep things interesting. Who: A first name is all he needs: Emeril. The dude is a legend and one of the major pioneers in food television. He has […]

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SF’s Perpetual Hot Spot Has Turned Dim Sum on Its Head

What: State Bird Provisions @StateBirdSF This restaurant hardly needs an introduction. One of SF’s hardest tables to land. Theyare famed for the way they embrace the dim sum system to serve creative New-Californian cuisine. Who: The married chef-oweners, Nicole Krasinski and Stuart Brioza, have both earned themselves a James Beard award as Best Chefs: West […]

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