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Mama Oakland (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Josiah Baldivino and Stevie Stacionis have created a deceptively unpretentious restaurant next door to their Oakland wine shop, Bay Grape. In the style of a family dinner at grandma’s house, guests are served a starter, a bowl of pasta and dessert for a very reasonable $30. The wine list...Read Full Story

Mägo (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Chef Mark Liberman works out of an airy open kitchen that is clearly the heart and soul of his new restaurant. A third of the seats are at the kitchen’s counter, giving the sense of being in an artist friend’s loft while they cook. Liberman’s veg-centric...Read Full Story

Besharam (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

Tucked into a tangle of galleries in Dogpatch, Besharam showcases Heena Patel’s very personal cooking. Patel, an alum of food business incubator La Cocina, merges the vegetarian focus of her native Gujarat with seasonal California ingredients. The flavors are delicate, complex and sometimes spicy; the wine...Read Full Story

À Côté (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

At A Côté in Oakland’s Rockridge neighborhood, Jeff Berlin and his staff guide tables through wines that lean toward ancient growing regions like Georgia, Lebanon, Greece and Slovenia. You’ll also find adventurous selections from France and Italy, like Gravners from the mid-2000s, and grapes like...Read Full Story

Great China (Restaurant/Bar/Retail Reviews)

The somms, wine collectors, Chinese families and Berkeley students mingling in this modern dining room are guaranteed first-rate northern Chinese cuisine complemented by one of the Bay Area’s largest wine lists. Half of the wines on the 30-page tome are Burgundies, with verticals in abundance. This is the...Read Full Story

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

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