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Tartine Manufactory smørrebrød (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

San Francisco/the Bay Area has long been a bread capitol, whether turn of the 19th century when SoMa was lined with bakeries on most blocks, to the trailblazing days of SF’s “bread revolution” in the 1970s-80s when pioneers like Acme Bread in Berkeley led the nation’s return to rustic, artisanal breads. Since opening the one-and-only...

‘Aina’s Portuguese butter bean cassoulet
with Portuguese sausage, Iacopi butter beans, edamame cream, pistachio brown butter panko crumble (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

2016 held steady with many notable new Bay Area restaurants. We lost some greats and said hello to many newcomers, with the heaviest category dose being hardcore Japanese restaurants, whether Tokyo-style edomae sushi temples or pristine kaiseki, fine dining restaurants. A number of the top new openings fall into this category, continuing the Bay Area’s...

Pao's unicorn (Photo Credit: Pao by Paul Qui)

And just like that, 2016 has come and (almost) gone. Another 365 days, thousand plus meals and too many calories to count. Were they all worth it? Sadly, no. But this year did prove to be a hot one by the quality of restaurant openings and amount of talented chefs cooking up something uniquely different....

Double Zero Atlanta (Photo Credit: Heidi Geldhauser)

2016 was a booming year for restaurant openings in Atlanta. A list could easily be made from just the filling of our food halls — Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market — and Inman Quarter. It’s a difficult task to cull to five with honorable mentions like The Mercury, Rising Son, B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Beetlecat...

Pineapple and Pearls DC (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller, The Perfect Spot)

It’s been a banner year for eating and drink well in D.C. The rest of the country has also finally taken notice of that fact, with the food scene in the district and a number of individual restaurants receiving high accolades, the Michelin Guide coming to town and an overall increased fervor over the capital...

Onsen's udon noodles, SF (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

It’s been a busy month of San Francisco openings. The key restaurant and bar openings of November are The Saratoga, Onsen, Sofia Cafe, August 1 Five, Milan import Panino Giusto in Cupertino, The Roosevelt Sip ‘N’ Eat, from NYC to SF: Babu Ji, Kenzo, Flores, Phlox Commons. While I’ve been to the majority, here are...

Uncle Boons (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

This year’s return to my youthful stomping grounds was one of my most “successful” trips to NYC in years on the food side. There is ever the over-hyped in the NY dining scene and always a couple “misses” each visit, despite my aggressive research and vetting of places. This time around, even when not perfect,...

Terra Cotta (Photo Credit: Ariel ip)

A number of counter-service and casual restaurants made big bows in November, including Eggslut Venice, Eddie Huang’s Baohaus, the Karl Strauss Brewery, the Filipino-influenced Ramen Room, Kuniko Yagi’s Spireworks and the Oh Man! Ramen preview inside Scratch Bar. Likewise, the beloved ramen joint Tsujita, whose tsukemen is one of the most irresistible dishes in Los Angeles,...

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Table8 and Audi on demand invite you to a special San Francisco chef dinner on Wednesday, January 18th in the upstairs annex between acclaimed State Bird Provisions and The Progress. Since opening at the end of 2011, State Bird Provisions has been one of the hottest and hardest-to-secure restaurant reservations with sidewalk lines pre-opening daily....

Le Fat Atlanta bao (Photo Credit: Andrew Thomas Lee)

What used to be a fast casual Westside spot for bao buns, in 2015 turned into a dreamy Vietnamese brasserie, Le Fat. Guy Wong of Miso Izakaya and Ton Ton fame, created a menu of sophisticated takes on comfort dishes based on family recipes. Prices are only slightly higher than Vietnamese spots along Buford Highway...

Iron Gate DC (Photo Credit: Iron Gate)

Executive chef Anthony Chittum has led the way at Iron Gate since it reopened at the end of 2013, while the historic restaurant and property has a history stretching back to the 1920s. Iron Gate was a finalist for several DC RAMMY awards in 2016, including “formal fine dining restaurant of the year” and “service...

Wallflower Negroni Carbonato (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

Another visit to my youthful stomping grounds of New York (partly growing up in Jersey suburbs) and another round of good to great bars, new and old (my NYC food/dining recommends here and from our NY writer, Seanán Forbes). From Brooklyn to Harlem, new openings to hidden gems, here are 11 bars worth drinking at now. The...