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Michael Bauer says goodbye after 32 years of service
Sep 21 • 6 min
Michael Mina is an appropriate review to cap my 32-year career writing about food at The Chronicle. One of my early major restaurant reviews was the opening of Aqua in 1991, when George Morrone was chef and Michael Mina was chef de cuisine. The restaurant…
San Francisco chef Nick Balla plans food-waste-focused restaurant
Sep 18 • 6 min
The San Francisco online grocer Good Eggs wanted to give chef Nick Balla 550 pounds of extra dandelion greens, and he couldn’t say no. “It was a Prius worth of dandelion,” says the chef, who turned the giant shipment of peppery greens into a version of…
New 500 Club owner doesn’t plan to change much about beloved Mission bar
Sep 17 • 3 min
Ali Razavi, the new owner of the Mission District’s 500 Club, didn’t pay $5 million for the business. He never told anyone that he “always wanted to own a dive bar.” And he isn’t a “tech guy” from Los Angeles with plans of erasing the history at 500…
After weathering quake, landslide and fire, Hess Collection reopens historic wine cellar
Sep 14 • 7 min
Wineries are accustomed to being at the mercy of Mother Nature. But in recent years the Hess Collection, on Napa Valley’s Mount Veeder, has gotten a lot more of her than it ever bargained for. Last year’s wildfires effectively ruined all of Hess’ wine…
Mayor London Breed loves Eddie’s Cafe and believes a burrito is the perfect San Francisco lunch
Sep 13 • 3 min
When it comes to San Francisco restaurants, San Francisco Mayor London Breeds prefers the city’s no-frills local spots. Similar to her predecessor Ed Lee, who was remembered for having a blue-collar San Francisco dining habits, Breed’s go-to meals can be…
San Francisco’s Cafe Envy brings new life to Bayview
Sep 12 • 4 min
April Spears didn’t have a speech prepared Monday morning. Standing next to a podium outside of her new Bayview restaurant Cafe Envy, listening as Mayor London Breed spoke to a crowd about the importance of black-owned businesses opening in the…
A Brown Kitchen: Finding comfort in kheema
Sep 11 • 3 min
Almost every region in the world has found some way to transform ground meat into something spectacular in its own unique way. We’ve got our meatloaves and burgers in America. The Middle East is known for its flavorful kebabs. Italy has rich lasagna…
S.F.’s knockout garden takes root atop Transbay Transit Center
Sep 10 • 5 min
Some palms are nearly silent in wind, but the Clara palm (Brahea clara), here in Flora Grubb’s Berkeley garden, produces a soothing rustle as the wind blows through. From the book “Designing With Palms” by Jason Dewees (Timber Press), with photography by…
Moonlight, the craft brewery that’s stayed true to its roots for 26 years
Sep 7 • 9 min
The Sauna and Cold Plunge sign at Moonlight Brewing Co. actually refers to the area where brewmaster Brian Hunt boils the grain and the refrigerated room, where the beer sits in tanks to settle the yeast. If you want to understand the kinds of beers that…
Candytopia opens in San Francisco; see inside the sweets-filled exhibit
Sep 6 • 6 min
An image of artist Frida Kahlo made of candy sits in the window of Candytopia in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. An image of artist Frida Kahlo made of candy sits in the window of Candytopia in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018.…
Doppio Zero’s first San Francisco pizzeria is open in Hayes Valley
Sep 5 • 3 min
Doppio Zero’s first San Francisco pizzeria opened this week in Hayes Valley, marking the third Bay Area outpost for the burgeoning mini-chain. The pizzeria has taken over the former home of Caffe Delle Stelle (395 Hayes St.) at the corner of Gough and…
Tips for cooking for a crowd — and bringing people together through food
Sep 4 • 3 min
When making gnocchi, roll the dough into a rope and slice it on the diagonal, Angelo Garro advises. “Feed Your People: Big-Batch, Big-Hearted Cooking and Recipes to Gather Around” by Leslie Jonath with 18 Reasons (Powerhouse Books; $39.95). Summer is…
S.F.’s most expensive Airbnb listing is becoming a hotel and French restaurant
Aug 31 • 2 min
San Francisco’s historic Payne Mansion, a $10,000 per night Airbnb booking in San Francisco’s Western Addition last year, is becoming a hotel called the Mansion on Sutter Hotel, and within it will be a new restaurant called 1881, all set to debut this…
Berkeley’s Bear’s Lair to be reborn with well-known chefs and beer garden
Aug 30 • 3 min
Bear’s Lair in Berkeley, a campus hangout for UC Berkeley students from 1962 to 2012, is reopening as Bear’s Lair Tavern, a new bar and grill under the guidance of Oakland chef Reign Free and pioneering San Francisco chef David Lawrence. The 2012 closure…
Alexander’s Steakhouse opens spinoff ALX Gastropub in SoMa
Aug 29 • 2 min
There’s a new, yet slightly familiar restaurant opening today in SoMa. Called ALX Gastropub, it’s a spinoff of Alexander’s Steakhouse and located right off the corner of Third and Folsom, only a stone’s throw from SFMOMA, the Museum of the African…
Barneys to open upscale restaurant at its San Francisco store
Aug 28 • 2 min
The $29 Madison Avenue Salad at Freds at Barneys in New York. Freds is an upscale eatery with locations in New York, Chicago, and Beverly Hills — and it’s now expanding to San Francisco. The $30 chopped chicken salad at the New York Freds at Barneys. A…
Flowering vine mandevilla brings a new hue to the garden
Aug 27 • 2 min
The Sun Parasol line of mandevillas has proven to be a popular way to add extravagant pink and red flowers to a sunny spot in one’s garden. Now there’s an exceptionally lovely apricot entry to this line. Like the other varieties, this vine sports a…
Alameda County cracks down on pop-up restaurants; San Francisco says they’re legal
Aug 24 • 6 min
Owner Allison Hopelain greets diners at the Kebabery in Oakland. The restaurant has been hosting pop-ups at times when the Kebabery itself is closed. The Kebabery in Oakland was the site of a pop-up, a temporary restaurant-within-a-restaurant. Inspectors…
A plant-based burger chain is opening in Whole Foods San Francisco
Aug 23 • 1 min
The plant-based revolution continues. Next Level Burger, a 4-year-old organic vegan burger chain based in Oregon, is opening its first San Francisco location this week at the Potrero Hill Whole Foods. The opening comes three years after another…
Four Barrel has not yet shifted ownership to employees as promised
Aug 22 • 6 min
The line at San Francisco’s Four Barrel Coffee threatens to spill onto Valencia Street on most mornings. The same goes for its sister cafe, the Mill on Divisadero, which is equally bustling as people flock to buy the cafe’s espresso and $8 avocado toast.
San Francisco’s black-owned $8 lemonade stand embraces the spotlight
Aug 21 • 5 min
Vicktor Stevenson can usually be found standing outside his high-end lemonade stand in the Mission District, working crowds like the mayor of Valencia Street — megawatt smile flashing with ease, answering questions with aplomb, posing for social media…
Berkeley standby Brennan’s to close after 60 years of business
Aug 20 • 3 min
Brennan’s, the decades-old family-owned Berkeley hangout, will close on Sept. 15. Brennan’s is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. The hofbrau-style joint joins a growing list of East Bay landmarks that have shuttered over the last few months — Hs…
Berkeley’s Cupcakin’ Bake Shop is in expansion mode
Aug 17 • 2 min
Phil’s Sliders: Awesome little spot near downtown BART station. Little burgers are made from Marin Sun Farms beef, plus vegetarian slider options and homemade tater tots! -Ethan Fletcher Koja Kitchen: First brick and mortar location of popular…
A Brown Kitchen: Fried oyster sandwiches for the modern era
Aug 16 • 3 min
We’re in that period of summer where I know I shouldn’t encourage oven use or especially frying. But the crunchiness of fried oysters encased in a loaf of bread accompanied by a glass of cold white wine or iced lemonade is, for me, an exciting thought.…
Yuanbao Jiaozi: For the best dumplings, avoid the freezer
Aug 15 • 2 min
The freezer is both the savior and the enemy of the dumpling. Frozen dumplings keep San Francisco businesses like Kingdom of Dumpling and Yummy Dumpling afloat, and keep millions of us fed on busy weeknights. The freezer allows dumpling restaurants —…
Ballast Point Brewing to open San Francisco outpost in Mission Bay
Aug 14 • 2 min
Bartender Justin Wilkinson pours a beer Tuesday, May 15, 2018 on the first day of operations at Ballast Point tap room in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS) Bottles of Ballast Point beer sit on a shelf at Ales Unlimited on November 17, 2015 in…
Orinda ranch house gets a ‘Mad Men’ update, with a room for perfume
Aug 13 • 6 min
Dan Rolleri in his perfume room, which contains more than 400 bottles. Another view of the living room of Dan Rolleri’s Orinda home reveals a blue couch that complements a pair of swivel chairs in ruched gray wool and the graphic Stark rug. “The smell of…
Gozu to bring a Wagyu beef restaurant to San Francisco
Aug 10 • 2 min
Former Alexander’s Steakhouse chef Marc Zimmerman is opening Gozu, a new restaurant focused on Wagyu beef. It will be located at 201 Spear St., a stone’s throw from the Embarcadero and just a few blocks from the multibillion dollar Transbay Terminal. The…
A Brown Kitchen: To make a better society, look to the tomato
Aug 9 • 3 min
On an unassuming slice of plain white bread, lathered with creamy mayonnaise, sits a rather generously cut slice of tomato. It doesn’t beg for much: a sprinkling of salt and a light dose of freshly ground black pepper. Another slice of bread might go on…
Mission accomplished? Once scarce, the Impossible Burger has hit the mainstream
Aug 8 • 7 min
Eighteen months ago, customers lined up outside Cockscomb, the popular San Francisco restaurant run by celebrity chef Chris Cosentino, on a mission to try a veggie burger they had only read about. Cockscomb still serves the fabled Impossible Burger — you…