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.
We journey into the kitchen of Charles Phan, Vietnamese-American chef of The Slanted Door Group, to cook a dish served during Tet.
Check, Please! Bay Area reviews a Northern Italian restaurant in San Francisco’s financial district, a California-style tapas eatery in Union City and an International Soul Food restaurant in San Francisco’s Bayview-Hunters Point.
Can we expect more coverage of holes-in-the-wall, now that Jonathan Kauffman has joined the San Francisco Chronicle’s Food Section? Read Sarah Henry’s Q&A to find out.
Check, Please! Bay Area’s Season 9 second episode airs this eve, Thursday April 10, at 7:30pm on KQED 9. And if you don’t have a TV and want to watch the show online, the full episode will be available on the Check, Please! Bay Area website.
Pabu and The Ramen Bar, slated to open in mid-June, will be among the hottest new restaurants in San Francisco. Chef Michael Mina shares with Mary Ladd his favorite dishes from ramen to sushi, as well as the fate of his East Indian concept on Steuart Street.
Guddu de Karahi: Solid and Occasionally Stellar Pakistani-Indian Food Marred by Unpredictable Service
Guddu de Karahi, the second Pakistani-Indian restaurant from local favorite Guddu Haider, opened to much fanfare last fall. Notorious for quirky and slow service, the restaurant draws acclaim for its tandoori fish. Is the long wait for dinner worth it? Kate Williams takes a look.
Check out the Food Film screenings presented at CAAMFest this week: “East Side Sushi” and “Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast.” Find out the story behind the making of the Green Diablo Roll.
Mary Ladd reports the juiciest updates on hot new spots from cult ice cream maker Humphry Slocombe–yes, there will be Secret Breakfast! Then there’s the Dogpatch project from Dave McLean, the beer maker behind Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery and Alembic–look for tasty BBQ (including smoked pork belly, beef brisket and house-made sausages) from Chef Dennis Lee of Namu.
Fried Chicken from the Chef Behind the First Michelin-Starred Indian Restaurant: Suvir Saran Makes West Coast Debut
Mary Ladd talks with Chef Suvir Saran, who moved here from New York late last year and is finally preparing for his long-rumored West Coast debut. Expect on the menu: Rose Levy Beranbaum’s favorite biscuits, fried chicken, and spicy slaw.
Move over, bourbon: rye whiskey is making a comeback. Stephanie Rosenbaum talks to founders Carl Bender and Christopher Cohen of San Francisco’s new Bender’s Rye.
Chef-prepared meals delivered to your door? Munchery is hoping to expand its service with new funding and new chefs.
Smitten Ice Cream started out of a red Radio Flyer wagon in San Francisco and now has outposts in Hayes Valley and Los Altos with more Bay Area spots on the way. Mary Ladd interviews Smitten’s founder, Robin Sue Fisher, about using liquid nitrogen to make fresh and smooth ice cream and what’s coming next from this dessert scientist.
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.