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posted on December 12, 2017
Kismet
review by Patrick J. Comiskey

Kismet brings an end to the peregrinations of two Sara(h)s, Sara Kramer and Sarah Hymanson, Brooklyn chefs who emigrated to Los Angeles in 2015 and have been holding Angelenos in thrall, one falafel sandwich at a time, mostly at ...Read the full review

posted on December 8, 2017
Walnut Street Café
review by Emily Teel

A new addition to Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood, Walnut Street Café is the first project outside of Manhattan by Branden McRill, Patrick Cappiello and Daniel Eddy, the team behind NYC wine destinations Pearl & Ash and ...Read the full review

posted on December 6, 2017
Jom-Bar
review by Sarah Looper

Alpine Find

If you ever find yourself in the city of Sondrio, just 30 kilometers from Italy’s Swiss border, be sure to dig in to the local food, especially the cured meats and alpine formaggi. Very few places do it better than

posted on December 6, 2017
Hostaria Al Vecchio Portico
review by Sarah Looper

The Jewel on Lago Maggiore

It’s worth the 45-minute drive from Milan to dine at Hostaria al Vecchio Portico, a cozy, 12-table restaurant facing Lago Maggiore in Arona, on the lake’s western edge. It feels as though you’ve been invited into someone’s home ...Read the full review

posted on November 30, 2017
Air’s Champagne Parlor
review by Deanna Gonnella

Cozy into the jewel-toned velvet seats of this intimate Greenwich Village Art Deco boîte and get ready to explore the world of bubbles with reckless abandon. Owner Ariel Arce put together a menu that doubles as an educational crash course on the grapes, styles and region of Champagne, ...Read the full review

posted on October 20, 2017
Passatempo
review by Patrick J. Comiskey

Walla Walla’s Passatempo Taverna revives a Main Street mainstay, the Pastime Café. For three generations the Fazzari family ran a classic Italian eatery here, with a menu of ravioli, spaghetti with meatballs, steaks, plus fried chicken on Sundays. After ...Read the full review

posted on October 13, 2017
Daisies
review by John Lenart

“Imagine if you plucked a chef out of Italy and made him cook usingthe bounty of the US Midwest.” That’s how Joe Frillman, chef-owner of Daisies in Chicago’s Logan Square, describes his menu, focused on tender, house-made pastas ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Ordinaire
review by Barbara Haimes

This Grand Lake–neighborhood wine bar and shop is where the cool kids like to hang and talk natural wine with the young, very passionate staff. The 15 wines by the glass change almost daily, as most are from small producers or from small cuvées, like the “orange” sauvignon ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Whitechapel
review by Erik Tennyson

For a religious experience with gin, make the pilgrimage to Whitechapel in the Tenderloin. Named after the famous East End district where “mother’s ruin” poured freely while Jack the Ripper was lurking in the alleyways, the space looks like a tube ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
Uma Casa
review by Bryce Wiatrak

When chef Telmo Faria opened Uma Casa in January 2017, it became—remarkably—San Francisco’s first Portuguese restaurant. Adorned with hand-painted blue and white tiles, the restaurant emphasizes seafood. Faria also cooks up traditional dishes like piri piri chicken, polenta cake in ...Read the full review

posted on September 29, 2017
TORC
review by Julia Weinberg

At Torc, husband-and-wife duo Sean and Cynthia O’Toole offer the truffles and blue-chip wines of a fine-dining destination without the pomp and hush. Come for handmade pastas, locally raised heritage meats, and vegetable sides featuring produce grown at neighboring farms or ...Read the full review

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