23 Apr
2014

Sansei Restaurant Review, Kihei, Maui

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 23rd, 2014

Sansei Kihei Maui Exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Sansei Hawaii is a well known Japanese Seafood Restaurant with locations at Kihei and Kapalua, Maui, Oahu, and Hawaii. We had eaten in their Kapalua Resort location many years ago, but had decided to skip it this year due to poor Chowhound ratings. The Kihei location is located in the same shopping center as Foodland. We just happened to be buying groceries at Foodland, and saw a huge line at Sansei for Sunday/Monday 50% off Sushi, Appetizers & Entrees ordered before 6pm. Luckily we stood in line and were the last let in for discount madness.

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21 Apr
2014

Star Noodle Restaurant Review, Lahaina, Maui

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 21st, 2014

Star Noodle Lahaina Maui exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Star Noodle is a popular Asian restaurant on Maui focusing on a variety of noodle dishes that originate from Japan through other Asian countries. This restaurant was originally on our must dine at list, but dropped off due to some bad comments on Chowhound. Sunset Magazine gave Star Noodle a big thumbs up. We reinstated it after a local said we had to give it a try. Frankly we were very happy that we changed our minds.

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14 Apr
2014

Little Sichuan Restaurant, San Mateo

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 14th, 2014

Little Sichuan San Mateo Exterior

Little Sichuan is a Sichuan Chinese Restaurant located in Downtown San Mateo next to legendary foodie hangout Draegar’s. It has been around for many years but changed hands in 2007. The former co-owner and chef used to run Classic Sichuan Restaurant in Millbrae. Do not confuse this place with others with similar names. Many folks stopped coming after the change in ownership including ourselves. It was time to check Little Sichuan out again in October 2010, after another year. This is a place to come for Sichuan dishes like noodles, not for generic Americanized Chinese food such as Beef Broccoli. classic Cantonese Chinese dishes that are better down the block at Champagne Seafood or HK Causeway Bay. Our last visit was in March 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

7 Apr
2014

Bakesale Betty Review, Oakland

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 7th, 2014

Bakesale Bettys Exterior

Bakesale Bettys Tables

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31 Mar
2014

Pacific Catch Restaurant Review, San Mateo

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 31st, 2014

Pacific Catch San Mateo Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Pacific Catch is a small string of restaurants in the Northern California area. They were started by the founders of World Wrapps. The first location open in San Francisco on Chestnut Street in 2003, with the San Mateo branch opening in 2014, right next to the Century Theaters multiplex.

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24 Mar
2014

Top 10 San Francisco Pho Restaurants

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 24th, 2014

We are big fans of Vietnamese Pho Noodle Soup. Slowly but surely, we have eaten at many of the San Francisco Bay Area’s best Pho restaurants. Here’s our constantly evolving list of the top 10. Please leave comments with suggestions for other places we should try.

Someday: Pho 54 San Jose
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17 Mar
2014

Town Restaurant Review, San Carlos

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 17th, 2014

Town San Carlos Exterior Decor

Town Restaurant is a steakhouse serving American comfort food in downtown San Carlos. It opened in 2006 and has gotten positive press, so we figured we would see how it stacks up. Over the years, this restaurant has been consistently busy. Town is definitely a hit with the locals, many of which can just walk over for a meal. Our last visit was in March 2014. It is so busy, we had to make a reservation a week in advance.

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10 Mar
2014

Maruya Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 10th, 2014

Maruya San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Maruya had gotten written up in a local San Francisco magazine and was creating a lot of buzz. Was this going to be the new top Japanese restaurant in the city? Located in the trendy SF Mission district, was Maruya better than Akiko’s, Kiss or Ino? We would soon see. This restaurant has lots of exposed wood, from the planks on the front window to the walls and floors. The air was heavily scented with cooked fish, they should improve the circulation. San Francisco is still slowly catching up to top Japanese food outpost like LA or NYC. Guess we just don’t have to population to justify tier one restaurants.

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3 Mar
2014

Nico Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 3rd, 2014

Nico San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Nico calls themselves a Modern Bistro. They are located in the swanky Pacific Heights neighborhood in San Francisco. We’ve been to a Nico in Carmel, and wonder if there is any connection?!
Nico is short for chef Nicolas Delaroque. He is from Paris and has worked at Luce and Manresa. Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle reviewed it last month and made it sound like a must visit. Lemmings we are all..

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24 Feb
2014

Chez Panisse Cafe Review, Berkeley

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 24th, 2014

Chez Panisse Cafe Berkeley Exterior Decor

Chez Panisse Cafe is the lower cost, more casual, a la carte menu restaurant upstairs from famous Chez Panisse. We dined at the main restaurant Chez Panisse previously. Alice Waters started a food revolution here, way back in 1971. She strives to serve only the highest quality products, and only when they are in season. All produce, meat, poultry, and fish come from farms, ranches, and fisheries guided by principles of sustainability. This restaurant has produced many famous chefs that have gone on to start their own restaurants. Our last visit was in February 2014.

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17 Feb
2014

Village Pub Restaurant Review, Woodside

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 17th, 2014

Village Pub Woodside exterior decor

Village Pub is a fine dining establishment in the small town of Woodside. We have passed by many times, on our way back from hiking or biking, and felt it was time to try it. They received One Michelin star in 2009, 2010. Dmitry Elperin is the chef and identifies his cuisine as “Contemporary American yet is rooted in the culinary traditions of France and the Mediterranean.” They use lots of seasonal, local, and organic ingredients. The chef has a sister restaurant, Cafe des Amis and Spruce, in San Francisco.

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10 Feb
2014

The Kitchen Dinner Restaurant Review, Millbrae

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 10th, 2014

The Kitchen Millbrae Exterior

The Kitchen is part of a restaurant group that owns highly regarded Chinese Cantonese restaurants in California including Asian Pearl Peninsula. We’ve been to most of them and find them pretty good. This review concentrates on dinner.  The food here is pretty authentic Chinese Cantonese food, so some may not like this type of more hardcore cuisine. Do not come here for General’s Chicken or Broccoli Beef. Another review covers The Kitchen dim sum lunch. Our last visit for dinner was in 2014, a meal where we found that their quality has improved. We’d consider this #2 behind Koi Palace. The Kitchen has recently remodeled the dining room, making it much more open, spacious, and modern.

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