Chances are you live a stone’s throw away from a Thai restaurant in your neighborhood, and you’ve got a go-to local favorite for pad thai. These days I often find myself traveling north of Berkeley, where there’s quite a few wonderful Thai eateries clustered in Albany, El Cerrito and San Pablo locales.
BAB goes around the Bay to find out which scoop shop licks the competition for this favorite seasonal flavor.
Whether you want fancy or no-frills, the East Bay’s got a doughnut for you. Here’s five of my favorite places where I get my fried dough fix.
20 Spot in the Mission: The New Mod Hangout Proves Better as a Wine Bar than a Full-Service Restaurant
20 Spot, a posh new wine bar in the Mission district, offers a distinctly serious food menu. Is the cost of a meal worth it, or is the restaurant better appreciated as a bar? BAB’s Kate Williams offers her take.
Zin Restaurant & Wine Bar, Turtle Tower, Copita Tequileria y Comida: Check, Please! Bay Area reviews
The final episode of Season 8 reviews restaurants serving American Regional cuisine in Healdsburg, Vietnamese food in San Francisco, and Modern Mexican cuisine and tequila in Sausalito.
The Castro is not the first place that pops into your head when you think “dim sum” or “Sichuan,” but that fact doesn’t stop new restaurant Mama Ji’s from serving up platefuls of steamed and stir-fried specialties all day long. BAB sent Kate Williams to check out this unassuming, quirky spot.
Restaurants reviewed: A sushi restaurant on Mission Street in San Francisco, a Mexican supermarket & taqueria in Hayward and a restaurant in Greenbrae serving Contemporary American cuisine.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: HRD Smokin’ Grill (SF), Buddy’s Bites and Brews (Hayward), Metro Lafayette (Lafayette). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Sonoma wines.
The 2014 San Francisco Bay Area Zagat Guide comes out today. Along with information about nearly 1,500 restaurants, it also includes a survey of residents’ eating habits — including our tendency to take photos of our food.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Naschmarkt (Campbell), Café Tiramisu (San Francisco), Wood Tavern (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Oregon wines.
Bouli Bar, the offshoot of longtime Ferry Plaza Boulette’s Larder, has been open since July. Although it has been described in the press as a more casual sibling to the Larder, Bouli Bar still has an upscale sensibility, as it ferries carefully composed wood-fired pizzas and artful salads across its elegant dining room. How does its food stack up to the original? BAB sent Kate Williams to investigate.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Little Shin Shin (Oakland), The Refuge (San Carlos), Canela Bistro and Wine Bar (San Francisco). Watch Leslie Sbrocco share her wine tips about Central Coast wines.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews these restaurants: Aslam’s Rasoi (San Francisco), Poesia (San Francisco), encuentro café and wine bar (Oakland). Watch Leslie Sbrocco shares her wine tips about Lodi wines.