Michelin 2017 San Francisco Critique

Michael Bauer SF Reviews Critique

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La Viga, Redwood City

Why did we dine here? – Wonderful food at great prices. La Viga derives from the massive central seafood market in Mexico City where our chef Manuel Martinez (Left Bank, Reposado) comes from. They focus food with local sustainable…

Chez Maman, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – Quaint French Bistro with very good food. Chez Mama is a French Bistro with 2 locations in San Francisco, Potrero Hill and Hayes Valley. We have dined at both restaurants. The downside of…

mourad, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – mourad is a One Michelin star restaurant from Mourad Lahlou and Aziza. Their description is: “Mourad is a modern interpretation of a cuisine deeply rooted in the past. Our food pays homage to…

China Live, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – China Live is a $20 million Chinese food extravaganza from Chef George Chen and crew. (Shanghai 1930, Betelnut, etc) Very ambitious, this complex seeks to help put Chinatown back on the map along…

Shanghai Dumpling Shop, Millbrae

Shanghai Dumpling Shop is a popular Shanghainese Chinese restaurant in Millbrae’s Broadway shopping district. While they have all the ‘standard’ Chinese restaurant dishes, they are specifically known for dishes from Shanghai, including dumplings even though the staff can be…

The Saratoga, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – The Saratoga is a contemporary American restaurant in the old Saratoga Hotel building. It is park of the well respected Bacchus Management Group (Village Pub, Spruce, etc) The focus is on a high…

Parada, Walnut Creek

Why did we dine here? – Parada is a Peruvian restaurant in downtown Walnut Creek, just a block from the BART station. Carlos Altamirano, best known for La Costanera in Half Moon Bay, is the chef. His track record…

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco

Tony’s Pizza Napoletana is a popular San Francisco North Beach restaurant from Tony Gemignani, 9 time Champion Pizza Tosser, certified pizziaolo. It first opened in 2009. He also runs a the International School of Pizza. He is well qualified…

‘Aina, San Francisco

Why did we dine here? – ‘Aina (means land) is a modern Hawaiian restaurant that went from popup to mega wait hit inside a couple years from Hilo born Chef Jordan Keao. We finally woke up early enough to…

Mensho Tokyo, San Francisco

Best Ramen in San Francisco. Why did we dine here? – Mensho Tokyo SF is first USA outpost of Mensho, an acclaimed Tokyo ramen chain. They have 7 locations in Tokyo and are usually on the short list for…

Bellota, San Francisco

Great Spanish Seafood. Why did we dine here? – Bellota, a new Spanish restaurant, is part of The Absinthe Group. This is a beautiful restaurant in the building that houses AirBnB.…

Cassia, Santa Monica

Sexy Asian in Snap Chat’s turf. Why did we dine here? – Cassia is a restaurant from the folks at Rustic Canyon and Spice Table. A new Metro station (eminent domain), caused the shuttering of The Spice Table. Cassia…

Chili House, San Francisco

Hot Stuff! Why did we dine here? – Chili House is a Chinese restaurant in the SF Richmond district. It is special because in November 2015, Tong Gang Wang became the chef at Chili House. He has cooked for…

Parks BBQ, Los Angeles

Why did we dine here? – Parks BBQ has been packing in the crowds for a long time. Nice decor with a bar upstairs. Celeb pix line the entranceway. The diners came from all races unlike some of the…

Chef Zhao Kitchen, Palo Alto

Soup Dumplings! Why did we dine here? – Chef Zhao Kitchen is a Shanghai Chinese restaurant in Palo Alto, near 101 and Embarcadero. This is a sister restaurant to Cupertino’s Shanghai Garden. Confusing things, Chef Zhao Bistros in Mountain…

Sushi Ota, San Diego

Why did we dine here? – Sushi Ota is a well known Sushi hot spot in San Diego. We were vacationing in San Diego and decided to give it a try. We were trying to find something representative of…

House of Prime Rib Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Best cornbread in town! House of Prime Rib opened in 1949 and concentrates on one dish, Prime rib. We have been coming here for many decades, whenever we have a desire for beef. They use corn-fed Prime beef Midwestern…