We critique the Master’s list.
Michael Bauer’s 2015 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants has been published. Available to non subscribers on May 17, 2015.
The annual list from the Foodie god, concentrates on fine dining restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. We notice that they’re a lot more restaurants in the North Bay and very few restaurants on the San Francisco Peninsula, very few Ethnic places ie Asian and Indian restaurants. For the most part, we would agree with him. Be sure to read our Foodnut Best Restaurant List
He added the following restaurants to the Top 100:
Atelier Crenn – Should have been on there years ago.
The Dock at Linden Street
Kusakabe – This place is on our hit list
Pabu – Overpriced for what you get. A non destination Izakaya is better.
Press – A beautiful restaurant but we weren’t wowed in the past.
The Progress – A favorite of ours
Michael Bauer removed these restaurants:
Abbot’s Cellar – Closed
Amber India – Bad Service
Angele – We agree, it is ok, but not special.
Bar Tartine – Hmm, why? This place is great.
Coco500 – Closed
Etoile at Domaine Chandon – Closed
Lers Ros – He needs a new Thai spot
Local’s Corner – Closed
Mateo’s Cocina Latina – Bad service
One Market – Marginal service
Ragazza – Non pizza items are average
Sons & Daughters – Another mystery why he nuked it.
Omissions from the Michael Bauer Top 100 List
His list is extremely weak on restaurants from the San Francisco Peninsula and South Bay. Some restaurants we believe should be on the top list include:
Bourbon Steak – Expensive, but a very nice Steakhouse
Capannina – Neighborhood Italian
Capo’s – Chicago style Italian
Chapeau! – Neighborhood gem and one of our favorites
Commis – Cutting Edge on a budget
Harris, San Francisco – Classic old school Steakhouse
Keiko – They even have a Michelin Star
Kirala, Berkeley – East Bay’s reference Japanese, not Izakaya
Koi Palace – Even with sad looking tanks, they serve the best Chinese food
Osteria Coppa – Better pasta and pizza than Flour and Water?
Plumed Horse, Saratoga – One of the South Bay’s best
Spruce, San Francisco – Seems to be always full
Tamarine, Palo Alto – Vietnamese Fusion done right
The House, San Francisco – Consistently some of the best food in San Francisco. Bauer is crazy to have missed this one.
The Kitchen – Classic Chinese done right
Michael Mina, San Francisco – Did he forget this place?
Tony’s Pizza Napoletana, San Francisco – Pizza, Pizza, Pizza
Village Pub, Woodside – Peninsula’s best restaurant?
Wakuriya – They even have a Michelin Star
Places we would remove from the Top 100 List
Restaurants that we would removed from this list:
Central Kitchen – Over-rated
Greens – Most high end restaurants have vegetarian options as good or better.
Hawker Fare – Pretty casual place.
Hong Kong Lounge II – Average food. Koi Palace is still king
Nico – Did not impress us
Ramen Shop – There is far better ramen in the Peninsula or South Bay like Santa Ramen or Ramen Halu
Range – Never found it compelling