Review: Burritt Room + Tavern, #SFRW

While San Francisco Restaurant Week may seem like an eternity ago now, only a few weeks has passed and I’m definitely overdue for some commentary. First up is our first SFRW visit for a $40 per person prix fixe dinner at The Burritt Room + Tavern.

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I’ve been to the Burritt Room before, once for a media event and another time just for drinks. It’s a super cute bar and restaurant in the Mystic Hotel on Stockton just south of the tunnel, and the food I’ve had before was GOOD. But, since it’s always hard to judge a restaurant’s food from a media event, I wanted to return before commenting. It’s settled: The Burritt Room serves delicious food…. 

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Guest Post: Coffee

Today, boys and girls, we have a very special treat! One of my friends and former colleagues has been kind enough to weigh in on a topic where my expertise and experience lacks, but which the city of San Francisco provides aplenty: coffee! Please give a round of applause to my sweet friend Sam(antha) Vroomen as she takes us on a tiny tour of some of San Francisco’s hottest spots for a cup o’ joe.

from the Ritual Facebook page

Photo from the Ritual Facebook page

Did you know that Oakland is one of five ports of entry for green (unroasted) coffee beans in the US?  Knowing this, you shouldn’t be surprised by the plethora of third wave coffee shops in nearby San Francisco.  I won’t go into the semantics of “third wave,” since I apparently missed wave 1 and wave 2, or we’re doing the coffee craze backwards, Star Wars style.  … 

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Review: Sens

Sens! There are a lot of really nice (and not cheap) restaurants downtown for all the fancy business peoples, and Sens is one of my faves. I’ve been many times over the years, and while I recall a dip in the quality of food and service for some time (or maybe it was just an off day? I’m not sure), my last visit for lunch was really, really good.

Slow Roasted Organic Chicken Breast ($17)

Slow Roasted Organic Chicken Breast ($17)

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Upcoming Event: SF Restaurant Week 2015

SF Restaurant Week is actually ten days long. If you’re ok with the fact that the title of the event is an outright lie, read on.

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Ok, no one can blame them — “restaurant week” does have a better ring to it than “ten days of restaurants and things”. I’m super excited about SFRW, which is the latest incarnation of the former Dine About Town, now hosted by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association. What is SFRW? I thought you’d never ask. Bullet points:

  • January 21-30, 2015
  • Participating restaurants all around SF
  • Fixed menus for lunch (2 courses $25pp), dinner (3 courses $40pp), or super fancy dinner (tasting menu $85pp)

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Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies

Aside from the classic gift card to any number of amazing Bay Area restaurants for the foodie on your list, here are a list of great local(ish) places from which to procure yummy holiday treats for all the stockings you’re preparing to stuff.

~~STOCKING STUFFERS (SMALLER GIFTS)~~

TCHO Chocolate

Touting themselves as “The New America Chocolate“, this locally made and conscientiously sourced chocolate is a delicious treat anytime. For the holidays, they have a few great gift options that are as cute as they are yummy.

Lai "Ornaments" Holiday Chocolate Gifts - Starting at $6.95

Lai “Ornaments” Holiday Chocolate Gifts – Starting at $6.95

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Review: The Square Bar & Kitchen

I would like to hereby welcome one of North Beach’s most recent additions to the restaurant scene: The Square Bar & Kitchen. Just across the street from Washington Square Park (see what they did there?), and taking the place of the former Bottle Cap (and even more former Washington Square Bar & Grill), The Square opened in March of this year serving upscale, creative takes on classic American dishes.

Delicious homemade bread starter at The Square

Delicious homemade bread starter at The Square

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Artistic butter.

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News: Michelin San Francisco Bay Area 2015

Michelin has recently released their annual listing for star rated restaurants in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area, and once again my mouth waters with desire. The only place I’ve been on the SF list is State Bird Provisions, though I’ve certainly perused many of the other winners’ websites longingly in the past.

Deliciousness from State Bird Provisions

Deliciousness from State Bird Provisions

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Review: Pier 23

Let me tell you why I love Pier 23. The food is decent, the cocktails are mediocre, and the service can be sporadic. Ok, those are not reasons I love Pier 23, but I keep going because it’s such a cool place despite all these things.

The front of Pier 23, as shown on their website

The front of Pier 23, as shown on their website

Pier 23 is one of those places in a big city that feels like is has history. It’s got an old-fashioned, super casual vibe to it, but it’s popping with patrons young and old, so it still feels alive and fun. It’s small and oddly-placed along the vast waterfront full of cavernous, mysterious pier buildings — a welcoming oasis along this often inaccessible-seeming stretch…. 

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