Check, Please! Bay Area: Episode 13 (#113)

Check, Please! Bay Area’s episode 13 (#113) profiles and reviews these three Bay Area restaurants:

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1) Havana: | restaurant information | reviews |

2) El Huarache Azteca: | restaurant information | reviews |

3) The House: | restaurant information | reviews |

Leslie SbroccoMy name is Leslie Sbrocco and I’m the host of Check, Please! Bay Area. After each episode I’ll serve up a behind-the-scenes look at what went on during filming, including the wine we were sipping…

Dave is seriously addicted to restaurants. Incredibly, he told me he dines out two times per day and has done so for more than twenty years! (I wonder what his accountant says?) He’s also claimed to have eaten at his favorite spot, The House, more than one hundred times. It seems he has good taste, as both Jose and Heather gave it high praise. Jose’s pick was fun to discuss. El Huarache Azteca is not only unique, focusing on casual Central Mexican fare, but apparently an interesting people-watching venue. Finally, Heather’s pick, Havana, got mixed reviews for service and food, but all said not to miss the mojitos.

Wine of the Week:

2004 Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Chardonnay, Napa Valley, California $32
Aromas of orange blossom combine with vanilla and spice notes in this elegantly succulent wine. Though creamy and smooth, it sports a core of vibrant acidity making it an ideal partner at the dinner table with lobster, salmon, or pork. It’s as good as Chardonnay gets.

Sponsor Wine of the Week:

2003 Five Rivers Cabernet Sauvignon, Paso Robles, California $10
Hearty, smoky, and a touch earthy, this juicy red is a winner. With a price tag that belies its complexity, it’s a wine to stock up on for parties and easy springtime sipping.

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  • marie

    Although I really like Check Please Bay Area, I wish it really covered the bay area instead of treating anything outside San Francisco like a far away outpost. Why is everything centered in SF when the show’s title says, “Bay Area?” Why are the guest just from SF?

  • michael

    Marie, you do realize that San Francisco is the center of the Bay Area, both for food and culture, right? I am not knocking all the fine food and cultural institutions around the Bay Area, but let’s be real. A lot more people head to SF for the a night out on the town than do, say, Orinda or San Rafael. And honestly, I think the show does cover a lot of restaurants beyond SF’s borders. It seems there is a non-SF restaurant on virtually every episode. Just because the show doesn’t limit itself to SF doesn’t mean it cannot still focus on SF and the surrounding communities.

  • jim

    in fact it is completely up to viewers to appear as reviewers and so the show does not control the content, the content as to what restaurants are reviewed are based on the viewers volunteering to appear.. and yes, san francisco has more great restaurants and venues than surrounding areas..