We critique the San Francisco Master Foodie’s list.
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Michael Bauer’s 2016 Top 100 Bay Area Restaurants has been published.
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:
Bix – Classic old school favorite
Cala – One of new favorite restaurants
Commis – Prices have doubled to $125 now, but still a fine high end restaurant. Finally re-added
Octavia – A fantastic followup to Frances
Old Bus Tavern
Trestle – Great deal. Finally affordable high end cuisine
Z & Y – This place it not that great!
Omissions from the Michael Bauer Top 100 List 2016
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:
Capannina – Neighborhood Italian
Capo’s – Chicago style Italian
Chapeau! – Neighborhood gem and one of our favorites
Harris, San Francisco – Classic old school Steakhouse
Keiko – They even have a Michelin Star
Kin Khao, San Francisco – Thai Food done right
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 many places?
Plumed Horse, Saratoga – One of the South Bay’s best
Spruce, San Francisco – Seems to be always full
Sushi Yoshizumi – Best sushi palace in SF Bay Area?
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 from Bauer in 2016
Michael Bauer is pretty spot on, but falters around some ethnic cuisine. Restaurants that we would removed from this list:
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. Or new San Francisco places – Mensho Ramen
Range – Never found it compelling