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Alembic's scallop dish (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

Just like the four “best kept secret” restaurants I recently told you about, these three San Francisco restaurants have garnered new chefs in recent months, and with them, fresh life. All three are worth a revisit as their chefs innovate and serve damn great dishes. Here’s what’s exciting at each: SALT HOUSE At just over...

Nigiri at Kinjo (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

Starting 2017 off with a slew of newcomers, the most notable restaurant and bar openings of January were The Halal Guys (first SF location), Khai, Coin-Op Game Room, Almanac Beer Co., Contrada, The Gastropig in Oakland, Uma Casa, The Korean Kitchen (good for takeout — they do a great seafood pajeon), The Riddler, Homegrown, Alba...

Restaurant at CIA Copia (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

Those of us who live in the Bay Area are blessed — for thousands of reasons — but just one being the accessibility of Wine Country in all forms, from Napa to Mendocino, for a quick day or weekend “escape” to sunny vineyards and olive tree groves, set against mountains and rollings hills. Tourists flock...

Two Birds One Stone's silken tofu (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

Those of us who live in the Bay Area are blessed — for thousands of reasons — but just one being the accessibility of Wine Country in all forms, from Napa to Mendocino, for a quick day or weekend “escape” to sunny vineyards and olive tree groves, set against mountains and rollings hills. Tourists flock...

Pineapple & Pearls  (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

As I recently dug into Baltimore’s burgeoning food scene (more on the city’s top cocktail bars this spring), I now explore the exciting scene that is D.C. dining right now. With Michelin arriving for the first time to the nation’s capitol in 2016 (for perspective, the venerable awards have only awarded three other US cities...

Bookmakers Cocktail Club fried oysters (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

Though we haven’t launched Table8 in Baltimore, we regularly cover and feature curated restaurant recommendations and reservations in nearby D.C. Over our recent research visit to both cities, we felt neighboring Baltimore deserved some love and wanted to highlight Baltimore’s burgeoning food renaissance. As a first time visitor this November, Baltimore was not what I imagined...

Single Thread Healdsburg (Photo Credit: Virginia Miller)

The notable restaurant and bar openings of December were Flores, Sasaki, Duchess Oakland in Oakland, Single Thread in Napa, Finn Town, Hinata, Dip, Haight Ashbury Slice House by Tony Gemignani. While I’ve been to all but two (I am about to visit them: Duchess and Sasaki) and there are strengths at each, here are my...

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...