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Plum Bar

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Plum Bar, 2216 Broadway, (at Grand Avenue) Oakland; 510 444-7586; A lineage of chefs with direct or indirect connection to Chez Panisse pretty much colonized Oakland in the last decade, among them Dopo, Adesso, Camino, Pizzaiola and Boot and Shoe Service–that is until Daniel Patterson moved to Oakland. Patterson, creator of the innovative Coi in [...]

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Le Soleil

By   /  April 9, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Le Soleil, 133 Clement, 668-4848 Le Soleil, the beloved inner Richmond Vietnamese restaurant, finally re-opened after a six month closure during which they remodeled.  That’s code for having to build a wheelchair accessible bathroom after being targeted by a well known (at least among restauranteurs) lawyer-client duo who have dedicated their working lives to uncovering [...]

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Wo Hing General Store

By   /  January 5, 2012  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Wo Hing General Store, the latest jewel in the Charles Phan crown, has moved back into the original Slanted Door location.  Even after an artistic make-over by architect Olle Lundberg, the narrow space still echoes the sensibility of Phan’s  first restaurant which brought local ingredients and smart design to Vietnamese cooking.  Wo Hing’s chef, Michelle [...]

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All Season Restaurant

By   /  December 28, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

I had two spectacular meals at All Season Restaurant, an expansive, second floor dining hall with tall windows in a Diamond Heights shopping center with a sea of parking.  A picky Shanghai friend of mine hosted a dinner there that I loved so much, I returned with a group for mid-week dim sum. I can’t [...]

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Where to Eat in 2012

By   /  December 18, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

The best restaurants of 2011 may not be trend setters, but they give San Franciscans more of what they love–gentle innovation, skillful cooking, local ingredients and  moderate prices. There was, however,  geographic ground breaking with major openings in North Beach, San Mateo, and a cornucopia of eateries in Oakland, which more and more resembles a [...]

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Claudine

By   /  December 9, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Shopping can be so exhausting. A place like Claudine is just what a harried holiday soul needs for respite. If you haven’t been downtown recently, you’ll be amazed at all the action in Claude Alley, which intersects Bush Street a few yards west of Kearny.  The classic, French, Cafe Claude now has a large outside [...]

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Best Bites of 2011

By   /  December 8, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Diversity peppers this year’s best bites. The range seems particularly wide, though as usual, I had a terrible time narrowing the list to just ten. Not included but should be: ramen at Izakaya Sozai; shrimp and grits at Criolla Kitchen; the moto pizza at Ragazza;  kakiage–deep fried vegetable fritters–at Chotto; the sloppy bun at Bun [...]

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Range

By   /  December 2, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Phil West, the founder and chef of Range, dreamily pushes his cart around the farmers market. He doesn’t schmooze with all the other high powered chefs, or gossip with the farmers. He doesn’t race around, or look harried. He just meanders up and down the stalls, getting a little of this, a bit of that. [...]

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Deli Board

By   /  December 2, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

Adam Mesnick’s premier Deli Board creation, the Gold-N-Berg-N-Stein ($10)–corned beef, pastrami, Kosher salami, muenster cheese, house slaw, house 1000 island on a sweet french roll–practically ruined me for any other sandwich. It sets the bar.  Soft, salty, buttery, piquant and creamy, this sandwich transcends its components to become a higher food, some kind of manna. [...]

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Trace

By   /  November 4, 2011  /  Restaurants  /  No Comments

A restaurant in a hotel already has many strikes against it. I always assume that it will be overpriced with a kitchen distracted by having to prepare three meals a day plus room service.  Trace, the restaurant in the Hotel W, headed by Aqua and Oliveto alum Paul Piscopo, is the exception.  Piscopo’s ingredient driven [...]

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