23 May
2016

Best Xiao Long Bao in San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 23rd, 2016

We love Xiao Long Bao (XLB) aka Shanghai Steamed dumplings or Soup Dumplings and have eaten all over the world seeking the best. Are you a Xiao Long Bao addict too? Read on.

One tip: If you are looking for good XLB, do not order them from a Cantonese Chinese restaurant. You are almost always guaranteed disappointing results even at the Best Chinese Restaurant in San Francisco: Koi Palace.  Order these little balls of wonder from a Shanghainese Chinese restaurant.

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15 May
2016

Din Tai Fung, Santa Clara

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 15th, 2016

Din Tai Fung Santa Clara exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Din Tai Fung is a popular Xiao Long Bao (It means small bamboo steamer bun in Chinese) – Shanghai Steamed Soup dumpling restaurant with locations in Bellevue, Seattle, Southern California, Taiwan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Macau, Singapore, and several other countries. Few Chinese dishes generate so much obsession. Think of it like a quest to find the best burger or pizza.

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9 May
2016

The House Restaurant, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 9th, 2016

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Since 1993, The House San Francisco has been cooking up top notch Asian fusion cuisine in San Francisco’s North Beach. Using local ingredients and blending American foods with Asian accents is their strong suit. Their mastery of sauces is evident in many dishes. The House flies under many foodie radars, but is one of our Favorite restaurants. We have dined her many times, our last visit was in May 2016. They have maintained their high 4.5 rating on Yelp.

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2 May
2016

Michael Bauer’s Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants 2016

Posted by Foodnut.com, May 2nd, 2016

We critique the San Francisco Master Foodie’s list.

Als Place San Francisco brisket

Al’s Place Brisket

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25 Apr
2016

Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 25th, 2016

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Why did we dine here? – Mister Jiu’s (Bar Agricole) is Brandon Jew’s long awaited Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Chinatown. He took years to remodel the old Four Seas restaurant and assemble a cast of pros (Pastry Chef Melissa Chou – Aziza) with solid pedigrees. It was at the top of our hit list, but we somehow managed to give them two weeks to get into their groove. Not a large restaurant, but a clean modern look with a large stenciled drawing on the wall. (It too 4 1/2 years to do) Initial reports from Yelp feel into the disappointing 3 star range.

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18 Apr
2016

Maui Restaurant Reviews

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 18th, 2016

Here is a compilation of more casual restaurants, snack places we visited during our Maui 2014 and 2016 Hawaii trip. Our goal was to find good eats at reasonable prices, primarily restaurants where locals go. We have no interest sampling cuisine that is done better at home in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is challenging on an expensive island full of pricey tourist traps.

Read our Higher end Maui restaurant recommendations
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11 Apr
2016

Sansei – Kihei, Maui

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 11th, 2016

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Why did we dine here? – Sansei Hawaii is a well known Japanese Seafood Restaurant with locations at Kihei and Kapalua, Maui, Oahu, and the big Island – 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. Our last visit was in March 2016.

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4 Apr
2016

Star Noodle, Lahaina, Maui

Posted by Foodnut.com, April 4th, 2016

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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28 Mar
2016

Beijing Restaurant, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 28th, 2016

Beijing Restaurant San Francisco Exterior

Beijing Restaurant San Francisco is a Beijing style Chinese restaurant in San Francisco’s Excelsior district that opened in early 2009. Located a couple blocks off Highway 280 near City College, this place has gotten lots of hype on Chowhound. It is a family owned place that focuses on authentic Beijing dishes. Basketball player Yao Ming had been here 2 days earlier to one of our visits. We dined here last in 2016 when we learned they have added a location in the South Bay. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 Mar
2016

Al’s Place, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 21st, 2016

Als Place San Francisco exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Its hot hot hot! Al’s Place is a small 54 seat, one Michelin Star Restaurant from Aaron London (Ubuntu). We had previous dined at Ubuntu in Napa, so we were familiar with his cooking. He focuses on veggies but has several meat dishes on the menu for carnivores. Seating is definitely on the cramped side. You can easily see what your neighbors are getting though!  We have tried lining up to snag one of the tables, but found we had to arrive 30-60 minutes early.. ouch. Aster was our second choice that time. Read the rest of this entry »

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14 Mar
2016

Mason Pacific, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 14th, 2016

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Why did we dine here? – Mason Pacific is a new restaurant on Russian Hill named after the intersection it is at. It takes the place of Lalola tapas.
Chef Sean McTiernan (Delfina, Rose Pistola, Tailevent, Le Bellecour, and La Table de Robuchon) cooks a seasonal menu of simple, flavorful dishes, creatively elevated through technique and preparation. They have a high 4.5 stars out of 5 on Yelp and are starting to get hard to book. We noticed many neighborhood regulars being greeted on our last visit at the start of 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

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7 Mar
2016

Cala, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, March 7th, 2016

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Modern Mexican bliss in SF. Why did we dine here? – Cala is Mexico City’s Gabriela Camara first restaurant in the United Stats. She is renown for her Contramar in Mexico City. Finally we get a taste of modern Mexican cuisine, outside of the usual Americanized dishes. This restaurant is a welcome change from all the me-two new restaurants serving the same old New California cuisine of Kale, Deviled eggs, ahi tuna, pork belly, etc!! Needless to say, this was #1 on our hit list.

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