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Bauer on Eight Tables: Lavish decor, but at $225 food needs to dazzle, too
Jan 23 • 10 min
Bauer on Eight Tables: Sublime setting, but at $225 food needs to dazzle, too If I rated Eight Tables on the flash factor alone it would clearly garner four stars. A staff member greets diners outside a metal gate on Vallejo Street and leads them through…
How adversity helped launch Native Sons BBQ in San Francisco
Jan 22 • 5 min
What would you do if all of a sudden one day you were diagnosed with a life-changing disease that put your future into question?For one man, the answer was simply one word: barbecue.Back in 2010, San Francisco-born-and-raised Marvin Lau was diagnosed with…
Brasserie St. James goes dark on Valencia
Jan 19 • 2 min
Taster glasses of the Third Man Belgian trifel, Red Headed Stranger ale and Jamison’s Station porter at Brasserie Saint James in Reno. Taster glasses of the Third Man Belgian trifel, Red Headed Stranger ale and Jamison’s Station porter at Brasserie Saint…
Shake Shack is coming to the Bay Area — first Palo Alto, then Marin and SF
Jan 18 • 3 min
Shake Shack is coming to the Bay Area — first Palo Alto, then Marin and SF Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange adjacent to the post that handles Shake Shack. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange adjacent to the…
Locol opens in San Jose, thanks to new Whole Foods venture
Jan 17 • 2 min
Locol opens in San Jose, thanks to new Whole Foods venture The interior of Locol in Oakland, Calif. is seen on August 31st, 2016. The interior of Locol in Oakland, Calif. is seen on August 31st, 2016. The interior of Locol in Oakland, Calif. is seen on…
Life’s a treasure hunt for artist as she furnishes her San Francisco home
Jan 16 • 4 min
Art and memorabilia on a bookshelf made by artist and designer Carrie Leeb in her S.F. living room. Art and memorabilia on a bookshelf made by artist and designer Carrie Leeb in her S.F. living room. Ozzie sits on the couch in the living room under an…
Boozy wish list for 2018: More screw caps, less wax
Jan 15 • 5 min
Dear 2018,So glad you’re here! 2017 had some dark moments in the world of alcoholic beverages, but I’ve already put them behind me. Faux speakeasies? Fraudulent wine gadgets? Sexist Lime-a-Rita commercials? I can barely remember them.I’m confident that…
Frjtz to close on Valencia, move to smaller Mission space
Jan 12 • 2 min
Employees are seen working through the front window during a night shift at Frjtz. Employees are seen working through the front window during a night shift at Frjtz. Anthony Wright prepares orders that came in over the internet at Frjtz. Anthony Wright…
Ducks & Dragons builds a business on gluten-free baked goods
Jan 11 • 4 min
It’s that time of year again. You know what I mean — as another new year arrives, it means that once more it’s time for the annual tradition of trying to curb carbs, sweets or any other indulgences in an effort to help combat any waistline expansion that…
Coffee bars drop Four Barrel products after sexual misconduct allegations
Jan 10 • 5 min
The Four Barrel espresso beans ready for grinding at Canyon Market in San Francisco, on Monday. Co-owner Janet Tarlov said the news about Four Barrel is “really upsetting,” and she’s still trying to … more The Four Barrel espresso beans ready for grinding…
The French Laundry has successfully reinvented itself
Jan 9 • 7 min
Servers prepare picks up their tray of desserts during lunch service at The French Laundry in Yountville. Servers prepare picks up their tray of desserts during lunch service at The French Laundry in Yountville. From left, Expeditor Garrett Hales, Back…
‘They don’t know us’: At Sama Uyghur Cuisine, three immigrants recreate their native foods
Jan 5 • 6 min
View of Sama Uyghur, one of the only Uyghur (northwest Chinese and Muslim) restaurants in the Bay Area, during lunch time on Monday, December 18, 2017, in Union City, Ca. View of Sama Uyghur, one of the only Uyghur (northwest Chinese and Muslim)…
11 best new restaurants of 2017
Jan 4 • 14 min
This year’s lineup of best new restaurants ranges from the high end to the very casual — reflecting how we eat today. Some new places were ambitious, creative concepts with top prices, such as Single Thread in Healdsburg, the restaurant of the year.…
The wines of Dan Petroski
Jan 3 • 5 min
Tasting notesLarkmeadCabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley 2014 (14.7%, $135): Unlike the “black label” Cabernets made from individual parcels, this Cabernet is comprised of various sections of the Larkmead vineyard and is made in larger quantities. Brawny and…
The five wines that changed Dan Petroski’s life
Jan 2 • 5 min
Five wines that have most influencedDan Petroski Editor’s note: I asked our 2017 Winemaker of the Year, Dan Petroski, to name the five wines that have most influenced him. This is, admittedly, an awful assignment, not unlike asking someone to name the…
Notable Bay Area restaurant closures in 2017
Jan 1 • 6 min
Michael Evans adjusts the height of one of the grilling platforms on the custom-built grill at TBD, which became Fenix restaurant in S.F. Michael Evans adjusts the height of one of the grilling platforms on the custom-built grill at TBD, which became…
Sonoma’s most elusive sparkling wine, En Tirage, is back
Dec 29, 2017 • 3 min
Last year I embarked on a search for a mysterious sparkling wine. I’d gotten a taste of the 1992 Chateau Beaux Hauts En Tirage Extra Brut at Commander’s Palace in New Orleans, fell in love with it and spent years trying to track down its maker, Don…
Coffey Park restaurants struggle after fire destroys Santa Rosa neighborhood
Dec 28, 2017 • 5 min
Hooman, owner of the Pizza Guys in Santa Rosa, Calif., is seen on November 19th, 2017. Hooman, owner of the Pizza Guys in Santa Rosa, Calif., is seen on November 19th, 2017. Donuts at A’s Donuts in Santa Rosa, Calif., are seen on November 19th, 2017.…
2016’s top restaurant In Situ at SFMOMA hones its sense of discovery in 2017
Dec 27, 2017 • 4 min
The In Situ salad with fine herbs and lavash embedded with zucchini, carrots and other root vegetables. The In Situ salad with fine herbs and lavash embedded with zucchini, carrots and other root vegetables. In his Between Meals column, Chronicle…
A collection of Christmas memories from Bay Area food people
Dec 25, 2017 • 15 min
Chel GillaOwner, Tselogs, Daly City (plus Colma and San Francisco)I grew up in the Philippines and came to the States when I was 16. Growing up, Nochebuena (the night before Christmas) is more celebrated than Christmas Day. For my family, in particular,…
Suddenly, West Coast is sparkling: Here’s the best of the new bubbly
Dec 22, 2017 • 6 min
Suddenly, West Coast is sparkling: Here’s the best of the new bubbly Michael Cruse (right) of Cruse Wine Co. and Ultramarine Wines gets ready to top off a bottle of sparkling wine as Erin Pooley corks the bottle at their Petaluma warehouse winery. Michael…
Change is the new constant: A year in the life of a San Francisco restaurant
Dec 21, 2017 • 13 min
Bryce Bishari serves customers lunch at the bar at Monk’s Kettle restaurant and bar in the Mission neighborhood of S.F. Bryce Bishari serves customers lunch at the bar at Monk’s Kettle restaurant and bar in the Mission neighborhood of S.F. When I sat down…
When it came to restaurants, Ed Lee was a regular guy
Dec 20, 2017 • 4 min
In 2015, Brenda Buenviaje, owner of Brenda’s, spoke to the press from her restaurant. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced a new loan program for small businesses in the city. In 2015, Brenda Buenviaje, owner of Brenda’s, spoke to the press from her…
How language reflects gender-power obstacles for female restaurateurs
Dec 19, 2017 • 6 min
The way we use language reflects who we are and how we feel about the subject. We call our significant others honey, love, sweetheart because of what they mean to us. Donald Trump’s fake news emits resentment of the mainstream media’s coverage of his…
Dosa team opens new restaurant in Uptown Oakland
Dec 18, 2017 • 3 min
When Inside Scoop reported in June the Dosa duo of Anjan and Emily Mitra had a new restaurant in the works, we noted it was going to take shape in Uptown Oakland (2301 Broadway), a hotbed for restaurant activity over the last year.It’s being called dosa…
Season of sharing: Amid health woes, finding inspiration in music
Dec 15, 2017 • 4 min
Associate Pastor Robert Smith (left) and Rosita Watson sing during choir practice at Global Christian Ministries in El Sobrante, which is just five minutes from her new home. Associate Pastor Robert Smith (left) and Rosita Watson sing during choir…
Repertoire: Split pea soup for homey holiday gatherings
Dec 14, 2017 • 3 min
During the month of December the invitations — to buttered rum-fueled cocktail parties with friends, obligatory office gatherings and cookie swaps — come fast and furious. The casualty of all this capital “E” entertaining is that we all but stop having…
Brainwash Cafe can’t outlast nearby construction, shuts down
Dec 13, 2017 • 3 min
A construction worker passes the Brainwash cafe and laundromat in San Francisco, Calif. on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Owner Jeff Zalles has noticed a dramatic drop in business ever since a large residential … more A construction worker passes the Brainwash…
Brokaw Ranch sustains major damage in Thomas Fire
Dec 12, 2017 • 3 min
Small Gwen avocados at the booth of Brokaw Ranch at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in San Francisco. 2013 Small Gwen avocados at the booth of Brokaw Ranch at the Ferry Building Farmer’s Market in San Francisco. 2013 Brokaw Ranch, one of the Bay Area’s…
LA’s popular Mendocino Farms plots Bay Area takeover
Dec 11, 2017 • 3 min
Mendocino Farms Campbell space is located at 1875 South Bascom Ave. This is the LA fast-casual chains first location in the Bay Area. There are more locations slated for San Jose and San Francisco’s Financial … more Mendocino Farms Campbell space is…