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.
San Francisco is bursting with hot new eatery projects. Mary Ladd reports on the juiciest updates on spots from Tim & Erin Archuleta, Ryan Farr, and Matt McNamara and Teague Moriarty.
It may not look like winter in the Bay Area, but despite the weather, it can be nice to take solace in a big bowl of warming soup. For the best in Mexican soups, Kate Williams headed to the Mission to sip her way through a bounty of broth-filled comfort.
What’s it like to run a “pop and pop” restaurant together? Mary Ladd talks to Chef Mat Schuster and wine expert Paco Cifuentes of Canela Bistro & Wine Bar in the Castro to find out.
Tucked away in a small shopping complex on the outskirts of Redwood City, Freewheel Brewing Company serves up a local version of a English-style “real ale” made with traditional methods.
As a teenager, Wendy Lieu just wanted to learn how to make chocolates. This month, Lieu opens up her own shop and cafe in San Francisco, featuring truffles with flavors like sriracha, guava and PB&J. Wendy shares her story about being a woman chocolatier and her family’s role in creating Socola Chocolatier.
Merigan Sub Shop, the new sandwich joint helmed by A16′s Liza Shaw, offers San Franciscans a taste of elevated East Coast-style subs. The price of the food has been a huge sticking point in the restaurant’s first few months of opening. Are they worth the expense? Kate Williams checks it out.
Tet, the Vietnamese celebration of Lunar New Year, encompasses a range of traditional foods: from thick wedges of sticky rice filled with peppery pork to candied kumquats and nutty cookies. For the Year of the Horse, Son Tran, owner of Oakland’s aptly named Le Cheval Vietnamese restaurant, shares details of these essential holiday dishes and other cultural traditions.
After being revamped by New York’s April Bloomfield, Tosca Cafe in North Beach opened to great fanfare. Is the pricey, popular new version worth the cost? Kate Williams gives her take.
Cooking for guests aboard a giant cruise ship has its own challenges: 24-hour service, rolling-and-rocking motion from the sea, and making many menu items from scratch. Mary Ladd found out why the Top Chef TV show hit the seas this season and she gets a behind-the-scenes view of the kitchens, buffets and restaurants aboard the Celebrity Millennium.
Here are some of the Bay Area’s tastiest and trendiest foods and drinks of 2013.
The Independent is a great venue to see live music in the Bay; it’s also in one of San Francisco’s best eating-and-drinking neighborhoods. We’ve put together a guide for the top spots to do both before, and after, your next concert outing.