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.
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.
The herring run is on in San Francisco. Bay Area Bites talks to local sustainable-seafood expert Maria Finn for tips on sourcing and cooking every part of this healthy, affordable, and very local fish during its brief appearance in our waters.
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.
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.
Soup kitchens, food banks and nonprofits are overrun with volunteers during the holidays. But, the real need comes Jan. 1 — after the hordes disappear.
Have no fear, newcomers: now’s the time to learn how to cook and eat crab like a local. Yes, it’s winter, and that means Dungeness crab season is in full swing. Bay Area Bites takes you through a photographic step-by-step for cooking, cleaning, and serving whole live crab.
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.
Stuffed, a new pierogi restaurant in the Mission district, promises a uniquely Midwestern take on bar food. Can it compete with the countless other cheap eats in the neighborhood? Kate Williams investigates.