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Friday, June 22, 2012

Meet Anna Roth, S.F. Weekly's New Lead Food Critic

Posted By on Fri, Jun 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Anna Roth can write!
  • Anna Roth can write!

Here's some good news from the food desk: Starting July 16, author/editor/good person Anna Roth will take over the role of S.F. Weekly's lead food writer, restaurant critic, and SFoodie blog wrangler.

You might know Roth from her work at eHow Food, Citysearch, her Tumblr, or her excellent book on the cuisine of Pacific highways, West Coast Food Eats. (In it, she toasts Bay Area favorites Boudin Bakery, Caffe Trieste, Tommaso's, Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory, Burma Superstar, Blue Bottle, Tartine, and La Taqueria, so you know her palate checks out.)

We caught up with Roth, a Seattle native who has spent the last few years in Los Angeles despite her preference for life farther north. "Every time I'm in town, which is once every few months, I feel like I'm home and don't want to leave," she says. "I love the community and sense of inclusion and grungy edges and history ... and of course the food." 

Roth gushed about the dishes she has to eat every time she's in San Francisco: morning buns at Tartine, Sweetwaters at Hog Island, sweet potato fries at Gott's, Rosamunde sausage and sour beer at Toronado, and Zuni roast chicken "if it's a special occasion" -- although, at Zuni, she's all about the bread saIad. "I can hardly believe that I'll have easy access to these old favorites while finding new ones every day," she says.

Of course, having all these favorites doesn't mean Roth doesn't have lots to discover when she assumes her perch. "I'm stoked to learn about all the local breweries," she says. "I love beer, and L.A. isn't much of a beer town. I'm also really interested in California history and the role food has played in it, and am excited to visit some of those old California restaurants and saloons that have existed since the city was a rough-and-tumble boom town."

Look for Roth's first reviews and posts to hit SF Weekly and SFoodie in July. And welcome aboard, Anna!

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