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Retailer Challenge: San Francisco Sichuan BYO (News & Features)

{image_1}Unlike last year’s pizza challenge in NYC, where the retailers were intimately familiar with the food choice, none of this year’s challengers had eaten much spicy Chinese, which resulted in a bit of dart-throwing...Read Full Story

SPQR (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

A small, clubby, dark-wood-paneled dining room sets off the brightly lit open kitchen and large wall of wines, making clear that they are the focal points of this Pacific Heights modern Italian restaurant. Chef Matthew Accarrino coaxes the most from his deceptively simple ingredients, creating polished dishes particularly pastas...Read Full Story

Prima (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

John Rittmaster presides at this Walnut Creek restaurant and wine shop, which boasts one of the Bay Area’s largest and best Italian lists. It’s been the local choice for celebrations since 1974; since Rittmaster took over the wine buying in 1994, has turned it into a destination for wine...Read Full Story

Petit Crenn (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Dominique Crenn rocketed to fame after Michelin awarded Atelier Crenn two stars. Our favorite, however, is Petit Crenn, a small, more casual spot where she pays homage...Read Full Story

August 1 Five (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

This new Indian restaurant adds to the ways tech has impacted the Bay Area. To get the level of Indian food she wanted, former Google employee Hetal Shah hired Manish Tyagi, a former chef de cuisine at Rasika...Read Full Story

The Punchdown (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At D.C. Looney’s lively natural-wine bar in Oakland’s Uptown neighborhood, you can almost pretend you’re at a natural-wine bar in Paris, with its tiled walls and wooden back bar. The list is French-dominant, to go with the menu (think marrow bones and Comté cheese plates),...Read Full Story

Commonwealth (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

On chef Jason Fox’s $80 tasting menu, a dish that might seem simple on paper—corn, scallops, herbs—turns out to be an alchemical synthesis you could never have imagined. Wine director Francesca Maniace has created a Eurocentric list that flows seamlessly with the menu. Her pairings might include...Read Full Story

Homestead (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Homestead could be Exhibit A in a thesis arguing that Oakland really is the new Brooklyn. Hip and homey at the same time, this very personal restaurant from youthful chef-owners Fred and Elizabeth Sassen is a long, narrow room in an old building with floor-to-ceiling windows. An...Read Full Story

Farmshop (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Larkspur’s Farmshop, a second outpost of the original Santa Monica location, fits Marin’s easy affluence like a glove. Thomas Keller protégé Jeff Cerciello runs the open kitchen, turning out highly refined farm-to-table cooking. The chicken is Jidori, the super-fresh free-range birds all the rage...Read Full Story

Coqueta (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

After a career spent focusing on Italian cuisine, Michael Chiarello takes on Spain at Coqueta. The glowing dining room and pocket-sized glass box of a bar are wedged against the bay along San Francisco’s Embarcadero. Walk-ins from the promenade stop by for small plates of Manchego,...Read Full Story

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