The restaurant scene is roaring back to life in the South Bay and a common theme among them is restaurants featuring a unique bar program paired to a dining menu equal in creativity. While the concept of bringing together your favorite bar with gourmet bar bites is no new feat, here are 15 top-notch gastropubs in the South Bay.
Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen
Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen is a longtime local food writer, author, and cook. Her books include The Art of Vintage Cocktails (Egg & Dart Press), World of Doughnuts (Egg & Dart Press); Kids in the Kitchen: Fun Food (Williams Sonoma); Honey from Flower to Table (Chronicle Books) and The Astrology Cookbook: A Cosmic Guide to Feasts of Love (Manic D Press). She has studied organic farming at UCSC and holds a certificate in Ecological Horticulture from the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems. She does frequent cooking demonstrations at local farmers’ markets and has taught food writing at Media Alliance in San Francisco and the Continuing Education program at Stanford University. She has been the lead restaurant critic for the San Francisco Bay Guardian as well as for San Francisco magazine. She has been an assistant chef at the Headlands Center for the Arts, an artists' residency program located in the Marin Headlands, and a production cook at the Marin Sun Farms Cafe in Pt Reyes Station. After some 20 years in San Francisco interspersed with stints in Oakland, Santa Cruz, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, she recently moved to Sonoma county but still writes in San Francisco several days a week.
Stephanie Rosenbaum Klassen's Latest Posts
What’s the newest neighborhood to find your local food artisans and innovators setting up shop? Sure, there’s action across the bridge in Oakland and Richmond, but in San Francisco, the action has moved south as rents have climbed, and now, Bayview is supporting a fresh crop of small-scale, community-minded entrepreneurs dedicated to deliciousness.
Chuck Siegel, owner and chief chocolatier of Charles Chocolates, shows Bay Area Bites readers how to make their own easy and outrageously delicious chocolate truffles. Stephanie Rosenbaum tries out his technique at home.
Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, comes extra-early this year. Need some inspiration for your holiday cooking? Stephanie Rosenbaum reviews two new Jewish cookbooks–one kosher, one gluten-free–and offers recipes for Best Brisket and Gluten-Free Pumpkin Honey Bread.
Skipping the playa this year? Now that it finally feels like summer, kick back and chill out with our easy Labor Day weekend cocktails.
Throw out that store-bought salad dressing! Michele Anna Jordan, author of ‘Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings: 60 Sensational Recipes to Liven Up Greens, Grains, Slaws, and Every Kind of Salad’ talks to Stephanie Rosenbaum about breaking the bottled habit, the biggest salad mistakes we make, and the most exciting discovery she made (hint: it involves chocolate).
The Marina gets a taste of France with the opening of the new Le Marais Bakery. See what Stephanie Rosenbaum thinks about their croissants, and find out the sweet plans that owner Patrick Ascaso, baker Justin Brown, and pastry chef Phil Ogiela have in store.
Just in time for peach season, farmer-memoirist David Mas Masumoto and family come out with The Perfect Peach: Recipes and Stories from the Masumoto Family Farm, with a recipe for chilled Peach Gazpacho.
Lamb is fantastic on the grill, so this Fourth of July, try some lamb burgers jazzed up with cilantro, scallions, and an unexpected hit of fresh ginger, dolloped with cool herbed yogurt. For vegetarians, there’s a smoky spread of grilled eggplant and tahini, scooped into grilled pita and topped with crunchy carrot-mint salad.
Wild salmon season’s in full swing. Through CUESA and Urban Kitchen SF, Stephanie Rosenbaum learns from chef Neil Davidson and fishing expert Maria Finn how to fillet, cure, can, and smoke whole salmon and black cod.
Too many zucchini? Get the jump on summer’s abundance with this recipe for tasty Herbed Zucchini Fritters with Stone Fruit Salsa.
British homesteader and meat-lover Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall comes to San Francisco to spread the gospel of greens with his new book, River Cottage Veg. With a recipe for River Cottage Summer Garden Soup.
Stephanie Rosenbaum shares some highlights from Sunset’s Celebration Weekend — including a recipe for Coconut Tapioca Pudding with Papaya and Mango from Yigit Pura of Tout Sweet Patisserie.
Green strawberries are trending. Stephanie Rosenbaum shares two recipes using this ingredient of the moment: Quick Pickled Green Strawberries and Green Strawberry and Mango Salsa.