20 Feb
2017

Parks BBQ, Los Angeles

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 20th, 2017

Parks BBQ Los Angeles exterior decor

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 more hardcore places, making this a nice place for new Korean BBQ fans to eat at. Read the rest of this entry »

13 Feb
2017

Chef Zhao Kitchen, Palo Alto

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 13th, 2017

Chef Zhao Kitchen Palo Alto exterior decor

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 View and San Mateo are unrelated both cuisine-wise and with owners. This restaurant has been getting some good local buzz, so it was time to check it out.

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6 Feb
2017

Sushi Ota, San Diego

Posted by Foodnut.com, February 6th, 2017

Sushi Ota San Diego exterior decor

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 this town and came up with this?! They are rated 4.5 stars on Yelp. Also they are famous for their Uni but had ran out.

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30 Jan
2017

House of Prime Rib Restaurant Review, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 30th, 2017

House of Prime Rib San Francisco exterior decor

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 beef that is aged for 21 days and cooked in coarse rock salt. Read the rest of this entry »

23 Jan
2017

Tartine Manufactory, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 23rd, 2017

Tartine Manufactory Pastries Bread

Bread heaven! Why did we dine here? – Tartine Manufactory is Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt’s new bakery, ice cream shop, and restaurant. We love their bread, so we could not wait to try their sandwiches and desserts. This 5,000-square-foot restaurant is home to their bakery, so you can see them working their magic. They crank out a lot of bread than the old Tartine Bakery 18th street location, making it easier to score this fantastic bread. Bread from 10:30 until it is sold out. Read the rest of this entry »

17 Jan
2017

Angelini Osteria, Los Angeles

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 17th, 2017

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Better Italian than SF? Why did we dine here? – Angelini Osteria has long been dubbed the best Italian restaurant in LA. We finally made time to dine at this small, cozy restaurant near the end of 2016. Yes, we did see a celebrity dining there. Our timing allowed us to catch them when Truffles were all over the menu! (Big$$)

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9 Jan
2017

New York City Restaurant Reviews

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 9th, 2017

Statue of Liberty June 2016 (5)

Here is a compilation of more casual restaurants, snack places we visited during our June 2016 New York City 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.

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2 Jan
2017

Sea Harbour Restaurant, Rosemead, CA

Posted by Foodnut.com, January 2nd, 2017

Sea Harbour Rosemead exterior decor

Sea Harbour Seafood Restaurant is one of best Cantonese Chinese restaurants in Southern California, according to several different sources. Foodnut agrees, it continues to be our go to place when we are in Southern California for Dim Sum.

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26 Dec
2016

King Hua, Alhambra

Posted by Foodnut.com, December 26th, 2016

King Hua Alhambra Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – Per the guru: King Hua is one of the top 3 Cantonese Chinese restaurants in the SGV aka San Gabriel Valley. The other two are Sea Harbour and Elite. (Lunasia does not belong in the top 3) We have been to the other 2, so it was time to try the last one. Sea Harbour has been our favorite to date.

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19 Dec
2016

Sushi Gen, Los Angeles

Posted by Foodnut.com, December 19th, 2016

Sushi Gen Los Angeles exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Sushi Gen is one of those place we love to write about. Great Food at a reasonable price. Do not take our word for it, look at the ton of 4.5 star ratings on Yelp. There are a ton of high end Japanese places in LA, but few affordable spots serving good food.

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12 Dec
2016

Bestia, Los Angeles

Posted by Foodnut.com, December 12th, 2016

Bestia Los Angeles Exterior Decor

Why did we dine here? – A big LA scene with impressive Italian food. Bestia (Italian for Beast) bubbled to the top of the possibilities when planning our LA must hit list. 4.5 stars on Yelp, recommended on the annual Jonathan Gold List, what more could you ask? We knew going into this that Bestia would be loud and exhibit a major LA scene.

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5 Dec
2016

Mister Jiu’s, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, December 5th, 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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28 Nov
2016

Bird Dog, Palo Alto

Posted by Foodnut.com, November 28th, 2016

Why did we dine here? – Bird Dog is a popular new restaurant in downtown Palo Alto. This brings some sophisticated SF style innovative dining to the Peninsula. The interior is impressive, especially for a restaurant down here. Robbie Wilson was the chef of Matsuhisa in Aspen, Colo., and most recently headed up the kitchen at Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos (Santa Barbara County)

Insider Tip – On the fence? Especially about the prices. Eat at the bar.

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21 Nov
2016

Kingfish, San Mateo

Posted by Foodnut.com, November 21st, 2016

Kingfish San Mateo exterior decor

Kingfish is a fun New Orleans/Southern focused restaurant in San Mateo. They had a location in San Francisco but that closed.. The place is prime draw for this sleepy suburb as it is around the corner from the Cinemark Theaters and is one of the few places that stays open late. They focus on using organic, antibiotic & steroid-free meats. Our last visit was in late 2016. Read the rest of this entry »

14 Nov
2016

In Situ, San Francisco

Posted by Foodnut.com, November 14th, 2016

In Situ San Francisco Menu

Why did we dine here? – In Situ serves the best dishes from famous chefs around the world. Corey Lee (Benu, Monsieur Benjamin) gets recipes from cooks and replicates them as he best can. The dishes may not be the same as ones being served at those restaurants today. Older variants might be when is being copied.

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7 Nov
2016

Island Creek Oyster Bar, Boston

Posted by Foodnut.com, November 7th, 2016

Island Creek Oyster Bar Boston exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Island Creek Oyster Bar is one of the top seafood restaurants in Boston. Several foodies recommend this spot and it gets a high 4.5 Yelp rating with over 1800 reviews. A classic spot near Fenway park.

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25 Oct
2016

New Michelin Guide San Francisco 2017 Critique

Posted by Foodnut.com, October 25th, 2016

Michelin Guide San Francisco 2017

New 2017 Foodie bible Michelin San Francisco Bay Area & Wine Country Restaurants 2016 was released on 10/25/2016. This sells for $14 at Amazon.

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24 Oct
2016

Yankee Lobster Co, Boston

Posted by Foodnut.com, October 24th, 2016

Yankee Lobster Eatery Boston exterior decor

Why did we dine here? – Yankee Lobster is a casual seafood restaurant near the end of pier in South Boston. They also run a commercial lobster operation. This is an order at the counter, pay, and wait for food to be delivered place. Decor is pretty low key, making this a casual spot. A nice out of the way location that fewer tourists dine at. Read the rest of this entry »