2 May
2016

Michael Bauer’s 2016 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants

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

Mister Jius San Francisco exterior decor

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

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 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

Mason Pacific San Francisco exterior decor

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

Cala San Francisco exterior decor

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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29 Feb
2016

Palo Alto Creamery, Palo Alto

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 29th, 2016

Palo Alto Creamery Exterior

Palo Alto Creamery has been serving up classic burger joint food since 1988 when Robert Fischer took over the business. They used to have 2 locations in Palo Alto, with the downtown location open since 1923 in previously known as the Peninsula Creamery. Stanford Shopping Center location closed in 2013.

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22 Feb
2016

Town Restaurant Review, San Carlos

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 22nd, 2016

Town San Carlos Exterior Decor

Steak on the Peninsula. 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 December 2015. It is so busy, we had to make a reservation over a week in advance.

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15 Feb
2016

Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 15th, 2016

Sushi Yoshizumi San Mateo restaurant exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Best Sushi in the San Francisco? Sushi Yoshizumi, San Mateo, California is a new One Michelin Star receipient for 2016. They serve the expert crafted omakase menu of Chef Akira Yoshizumi. Ingredients are sourced both domestically and internationally (Tokyo) for his Edomae sushi style cuisine.

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