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Dining, SFoodie Here Are S.F.'s 2016 James Beard Award Nominees

Here Are S.F.'s 2016 James Beard Award Nominees

Best Chef:…
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Dining, SFoodie Bay Area Not Especially Well-Represented on Eater National's Essential Restaurants List

Bay Area Not Especially Well-Represented on Eater National's Essential Restaurants List

It's probably a case of somebody pricking out insufferable self-regard, or is it? Eater released its list of "America's Essential Restaurants" (nee the Eater 38) along with its Superlative List of 15 aspects…
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Best of San Francisco, Food & Drink

Best California Cuisine

Twenty years ago, Benu would have been described as an Asian fusion restaurant. A dish like chef Corey Lee's signature faux-shark-fin soup with Dungeness crab is filtered through multiple lenses: formal French technique, Cantonese haute cuisine, even the avant-garde cuisine…
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Dining, SFoodie Is Benu's Corey Lee One of <em>Food & Wine</em>'s Best New Chefs?

Is Benu's Corey Lee One of Food & Wine's Best New Chefs?

Every year, just before Food & Wine magazine announces its annual list of 10 best new chefs, editor Dana Cowin (@fwscout) tweets out hints about the winners, using the hashtag #BestNewChefs. At least one Bay Area chef usually makes the…
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Dining, SFoodie Pot Your Own Foie Gras, or Just Order It at Benu and Burger Bar

Pot Your Own Foie Gras, or Just Order It at Benu and Burger Bar

​​Counting down the meals before July 1, when California's foie gras ban takes effect. Today, noted foie gras booster Russell Jackson of Lafitte filed a Chow Tip on how to preserve foie gras. All you have to do is buy a…
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Dining, SFoodie Yoon Ha's 2011 Find: Meeting Matt Kramer

Yoon Ha's 2011 Find: Meeting Matt Kramer

SFoodie is calling up food types around the city to ask them about their favorite discovery of the past year, whether it's new or ancient, an ingredient or a person. We'll be running their responses through the end of the…
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Dining, Eat Restaurateurs Beware: Michael Jackson Could Cost You $40,000

Restaurateurs Beware: Michael Jackson Could Cost You $40,000

If you own a restaurant, beware Michael Jackson and R. Kelly. Play their music — or any other copyrighted songs — without theproper license and you can face fines of$10,000 per song. Playing copyrighted music, even from a legally purchased…
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Dining, SFoodie Meet the Bloggers: Albert Law

Meet the Bloggers: Albert Law

You read them here, now find out who the hell they are: We give you the diverse group of men and women who cover the local food and drink scene for you on SFoodie. Albert Law Contributes: Food photography (look…
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Dining, SFoodie Beard Award Finalists Named for Journalism, Books, and Restaurants

Beard Award Finalists Named for Journalism, Books, and Restaurants

These days, the James Beard Awards are announced via Twitter, so starting at 11:30 this morning, SFoodie followed along, clicking "refresh" on our browser so often that we burned a white hole in our computer screen. Many, many Bay Area…
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Dining, SFoodie Jersey's Soars, Benu Recycles

Jersey's Soars, Benu Recycles

DTF: Grub Street told you what to eat before it unlocked the doors, and yesterday the Richmond District Blog checked out Jersey's, 200…
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Dining, SFoodie Stumbling &#x2015; Literally Stumbling &#x2015; On Benu's Burrito Cart

Stumbling ― Literally Stumbling ― On Benu's Burrito Cart

Imagine this scenario: getting drunk at Drink on Saturday night, going to the Huntington Hotel for an additional cocktail and a piano-bar mashup of Wizard of Oz songs, then jumping in a town car after failing to find a taxi.…
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Dining, SFoodie Can You Fake Shark's Fin? A Taste Test

Can You Fake Shark's Fin? A Taste Test

Wild osetra, now that it has almost disappeared from the Caspian Sea, has been replaced by farmed sturgeon roe with no loss of status. As I was writing this week's article about the proposed shark fin ban, I wondered:…
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Dining, Eat Fresh Eats

Fresh Eats

Countdown to Best Of By John Birdsall Compiling our annual list of San Francisco's best things to eat and drink is like packing for a yearlong sabbatical to Antarctica. You start by laying out on the bed all the clothes…
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Dining, SFoodie No. 91: Faux Shark's Fin Soup at Benu

No. 91: Faux Shark's Fin Soup at Benu

Around the midpoint of Benu's 12-course tasting menu, right when the fish courses are giving way to the redder meats and the sakes and white…
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Dining, SFoodie Kauffman's Top 10 New Restaurants of 2010

Kauffman's Top 10 New Restaurants of 2010

Tuesday, SFoodie posted a list of the 2010 restaurant closures that hurt the most. Today brings the yang to the yin: a list of my 10 favorite new restaurants. (Hey, since everybody's doing it...) I've provided commentary enough about the…
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Dining, SFoodie The Year in Food: Big-Ticket Dining Surges

The Year in Food: Big-Ticket Dining Surges

Twelve months, ten storylines: It's SFoodie's annual look back at the year in food.Back in January, people were talking about the San Francisco restaurant scene as if it were flagging fast. The fretting was fueled by two assumptions: first, that…
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Dining, SFoodie Oh, Snap! The Best San Francisco Food Photos of 2010

Oh, Snap! The Best San Francisco Food Photos of 2010

San Francisco's culinary landscape is an ever-changing one, and this past year was no exception. Scores of restaurants opened and closed, events were thrown, and new chefs stepped into the spotlight. Here are some of the most arresting images SF…
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Dining, SFoodie Seven Hills Rise(s) Up, Beast and the Hare Springs to Life

Seven Hills Rise(s) Up, Beast and the Hare Springs to Life

​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.Urban Daddy is the first to report that Seven Hills (1550 Hyde, 775-1550, www.sevenhillssf.com) opens on Friday. Young chef-owner Alexander Alioto (yeah,…
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Dining, SFoodie Interview with Benu's Corey Lee: Changing Fine Dining From the Inside Out

Interview with Benu's Corey Lee: Changing Fine Dining From the Inside Out

In my review of Benu this week, I noted ― more observation than criticism, really ― that while chef-owner Corey Lee may have streamlined and modernized the trappings of haute cuisine, a meal there feels very much in the spirit…
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Dining, SFoodie Benu Forges a New Kind of Haute

Benu Forges a New Kind of Haute

It can take a lifetime for an artist to forge a personal vernacular. Or if not a lifetime, then a bit longer than 10 weeks, for sure. At Benu ― subject of Jonathan Kauffman's review today ― French Laundry veteran…
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