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posted on June 15, 2017
Maison Corbeaux
review by Luke Sykora

Kyle Nadeau has built one of the most impressive whisk(e)y collections in San Francisco at Maison Corbeaux: dozens of single-barrel Bourbons from producers like Four Roses and Wild Turkey, coveted old Scotch bottlings including a range from the long-gone Port Ellen distillery, plenty of Japanese whiskeys, plus ...Read the full review

posted on January 19, 2017
The Morris
review by Luke Sykora

While running the wine program for Melissa Perello at Frances and joining Daniel Patterson as a partner at Coi, SF sommelier and all around wine geek Paul Einbund began to set his sights on his own restaurant. Even after an initial location fell through, he continued to buy wine ...Read the full review

posted on December 6, 2016
Tawla
review by Luke Sykora

First, ask for two orders of flatbread. Soft, warm and yeasty-rich, the loaves will disappear alongside an order of the rich, tangy ful medames spread. Ful is a transnational dish, prepared in various ways from Lebanon to Egypt. Tawla’s food is similarly transnational in its reach, drawing inspiration ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Zuni Café
review by Barbara Haimes

Even without chef Judy Rodgers, who passed away in 2013, Zuni remains San Francisco’s go-to spot for classic cocktails, oysters with a glass of Chablis, Caesar salad followed by a burger for lunch, or the iconic wood oven–roasted chicken for two, washed down with a bottle of good ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Union Larder
review by Luke Sykora

Run by Jay Esopenko and Melissa Gugni, who also own the Little Vine wine shop in North Beach, Union Larder is where the cool kids hang out after work, thanks to the cheeses curated by Kristi Bachman, former program director of the Cheese School of San Francisco, and a ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
The Treasury
review by Erik Tennyson

The Treasury, set in the airy marble interior of the Beaux Arts Standard Oil Building, offers a pleasant escape from the packed streets of the Financial District. Unwind while sipping on a Smoke & Mirrors (Anchor Old Tom Gin, smoked tea, pineapple gomme, bitters). Or forgo the cocktails for ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Smokestack
review by Luke Sykora

Brewer Dave McLean’s nuanced Magnolia beers are the main draw at this Dogpatch brewpub, an outgrowth of his smaller space in the Haight. This spot adds a strong whiskey selection and intense barbecue from chef Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji). Fans of malt-driven English ales flock here for pints ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Smuggler’s Cove
review by Erik Tennyson

Behind a wall of tinted glass on a quiet block in Hayes Valley, Smuggler’s Cove is a Tiki oasis that looks like it was decorated by Captain Hook after a few too many Mai Tais. The drink menu features more than 80 cocktails from every corner of Tiki-dom, as ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
The Punchdown
review by Barbara Haimes

After closing for a while, Oakland’s lively natural wine bar re-opened in the Uptown neighborhood last year. With its tiled walls, wood backbar and old copper implements, you can almost pretend you’re at a natural wine bar in Paris. Flip through one of the wine books on ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
Rich Table
review by Luke Sykora

This feels like a hipster farmhouse in the Northeast, with old weathered wood and lots of plaid and denim. In this case, the gentleman farmer happens to have a well-stocked cellar. Some of Sara and Evan Rich’s dishes—like the porcinidusted donuts and the sardine chips—have already ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2016
One Market
review by Luke Sykora

Many contemporary SF restaurants focus on Old World wines, so for homegrown juice, head to this Financial District institution and talk to wine director Tonya Pitts. Her list focuses on California, from legendary to crowd-pleasing to the ...Read the full review

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