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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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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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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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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Nina Compton is Bringing the Caribbean Heat to Creole Country

I absolutely love how full of super old school places the New Orleans high-end dining scene is. There are tons of these places that remain as popular, famous, and incredible as they were when they opened well over 100 years ago. But, of course, that’s not all that New Orleans has to offer. There are […]

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Impressive Cocktails and Fine Dining Small Plates with Filipino Flair

What: 1760 @1760SF A well-regarded, two-year-old, high-end restaurant that focuses on globally inspired tapas style small plates. Who: New Chef, Carl Foronda, has overhauled the restaurant’s entire menu with dishes that include influences from his Filipino heritage. Where: Lower Nob Hill On Polk Street 1760 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94109 When: Perfect for a […]

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Mike Winston’s Best Meals of 2015

Yes, I know this year-end list is beyond belated. Actually, I’m probably over a month late. Normally, I’m not one to make these kinds of excuses, but my life has been pretty hectic lately. As you may or may not know, I’m getting married in a couple of months, so my time has recently come […]

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