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Dining, SFoodie Where To Find Southern BBQ? Hint: Not In San Francisco

Where To Find Southern BBQ? Hint: Not In San Francisco

Snooks Old Fashion Barbecue sits on Juney Beauchamp Rd., a country road if there ever was one, in the town of Advance, North Carolina, population: 1138. Here last summer, I was lovingly spoon-fed a sample of intense, vinegary pulled pork…
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Dining, SFoodie Interview With Original Joe's John Duggan: How to Build a Phoenix

Interview With Original Joe's John Duggan: How to Build a Phoenix

John Duggan, who owns Original Joe's with his sister Elena, are the grandchildren of the 75-year-old restaurant's founder, Ante (Tony) Rodin. The Duggans managed a feat practically unheard of in the restaurant business. After Original Joe's original Taylor Street location…
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Dining, SFoodie Stag Dining Group Speak: "What We've Done Has Taken Us by Surprise"

Stag Dining Group Speak: "What We've Done Has Taken Us by Surprise"

As Stag Dining Group, Emory Al-Imam, Jordan Grosser, Matthew Homyak, Ted Fleury, and Anil Margsahayam have been putting on professionally clandestine dinners for 18 months now. Just before filing my review of their most recent event -- titled "Guns, Game,…
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Dining, SFoodie Ice Cream Bar Owner Juliet Pries on eBay, Tinctures, and Coca Leaves

Ice Cream Bar Owner Juliet Pries on eBay, Tinctures, and Coca Leaves

​Thanks to byzantine S.F. permitting processes, it took Juliet Pries almost two years to open the Ice Cream Bar in Cole Valley, the subject of this week's restaurant review. But the delay gave her time to change the focus of…
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Dining, SFoodie State Bird Provisions' Stuart Brioza Talks Dim Sum

State Bird Provisions' Stuart Brioza Talks Dim Sum

Right before filing this week's review of State Bird Provisions, Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski's new restaurant in the Fillmore, I spoke to Brioza, the restaurant's savory chef (Krasinski is the pastry chef). The couple, both Bay Area natives, worked…
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Dining, SFoodie Q&A with Kim Alter, Chef of Haven

Q&A with Kim Alter, Chef of Haven

Kim Alter. I'd last spoken to Alter at Plate Shop, the Sausalito restaurant where she was head cook, gardener, and butcher. I wanted to know how she got hooked up with Haven's owner, Daniel Patterson, and how the transition had…
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Dining, SFoodie Izakaya Yuzuki Chef Takashi Saito Talks Culture

Izakaya Yuzuki Chef Takashi Saito Talks Culture

As a side note to this week's review of Izakaya Yuzuki, a 2-month-old Japanese restaurant in the Mission, I spoke to its chef, Takashi Saito, a alumnus of Ame and Kyo-Ya. In addition to making exquisite chawanmushi, fish cakes,…
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Dining, SFoodie Mark Liberman: "I Don't Want People to Be Eating a Plate of Jellies"

Mark Liberman: "I Don't Want People to Be Eating a Plate of Jellies"

Right before today's review of AQ ran, I had a quick chance to talk to its chef, Mark Liberman. Before coming to San Francisco in 2007, Liberman staged at Daniel Boulud's Daniel and cooked for Joël Robuchon at L'Atelier de…
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Dining, SFoodie Curry Up Now Owner: How Downtown Food Trucks Can Be Good Neighbors

Curry Up Now Owner: How Downtown Food Trucks Can Be Good Neighbors

Yesterday's food feature in the Weekly described the escalating battle between downtown restaurants and food trucks parking on FiDi streets, which began after San Francisco introduced new -- and apparently flawed -- food-truck regulations in March. Last week, I spoke…
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Dining, SFoodie Doc's of the Bay Owner on SF's New Food Truck Regulations: 'The Law Is Flawed'

Doc's of the Bay Owner on SF's New Food Truck Regulations: 'The Law Is Flawed'

As I chronicled in this week's food lead story, the San Francisco Board of Appeals last week struck down two street-parking permits that the Department of Public Works had granted to Kasa's kati roller truck and Doc's of the Bay…
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Dining, SFoodie Ashley Lee of Jang Soo BBQ on Her Grandmother and Her Garden

Ashley Lee of Jang Soo BBQ on Her Grandmother and Her Garden

Ashley Lee is the force behind -- and the face of -- the newly renovated Jang Soo BBQ, the subject of this week's full-length restaurant review. Within the space of a year, she renovated and renamed her first cafe, then…
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Dining, SFoodie Spice Kit Now Has Its Own Fried Chicken Days: Wednesday and Friday

Spice Kit Now Has Its Own Fried Chicken Days: Wednesday and Friday

Not every day can be fried chicken day -- the subject of my review this week. In addition to the three restaurants I mentioned, Spice Kit, the banh mi and Asian wrap shop on First and Howard streets, has a…
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Dining, SFoodie Eddie Lau Talks About Dux

Eddie Lau Talks About Dux

Eddie Lau made a name for himself in the San Francisco food scene as a forthright, witty blogger before becoming chef of the Summit last fall. He's been supplementing his work at the cafe by hosting a series of elaborate,…
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Dining, SFoodie The Reason Grill House Mediterranean's Uneven? A Departed Chef

The Reason Grill House Mediterranean's Uneven? A Departed Chef

The restaurant review published in print this week, of Grill House Mediterranean in the Tenderloin, noted that there were clear differences in the quality of the food when the restaurant's Turkish chef, Vahit  Besir, was in the restaurant. That was…
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Dining, SFoodie Q&A With Park Tavern's Jennifer Puccio: On Ed Moose, Ovens, and Burgers

Q&A With Park Tavern's Jennifer Puccio: On Ed Moose, Ovens, and Burgers

Jennifer Puccio, the chef of Park Tavern -- the subject of this week's full-length restaurant review -- cooked at Cortez, Ubuntu, and Ramblas before settling in at Marlowe almost two years ago. As I was gearing up for this week's…
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Dining, SFoodie Leatherneck Steakhouse: Just the Tip of the Marines' Memorial Club

Leatherneck Steakhouse: Just the Tip of the Marines' Memorial Club

When I called MaryAnn Hatlan, director of food and beverage at the Marines' Memorial Club and Hotel, to ask her a few background questions about its Leatherneck Steakhouse -- the subject of this week's full-length restaurant review -- she ended…
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Dining, SFoodie Boxing Room's Justin Simoneaux on Boucheries and Gumbo

Boxing Room's Justin Simoneaux on Boucheries and Gumbo

His name gives it away: Justin Simoneaux was born in Cajun country but has cooked in San Francisco since moving here to go to culinary school. He was the chef of the Moss Room and worked for Loretta Keller at…
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Dining, SFoodie Where Did Crispy Tacos Come From?

Where Did Crispy Tacos Come From?

While researching this week's review of Tacko, the Nantucket-themed taco shop in the Marina, I started asking around to find out the history of the anglo taco. Now, Nick Fasanella's crispy tacos have far more complex, Mexican-inspired flavors than the…
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Dining, SFoodie Fifth Floor's David Bazirgan: "I Haven't Had This Much Fun Cooking, Ever"

Fifth Floor's David Bazirgan: "I Haven't Had This Much Fun Cooking, Ever"

En route to writing about Fifth Floor, the subject of this week's full-length restaurant review, I talked to David Bazirgan, who's been the chef there since November. What I wanted to know: In the era of the small, idiosyncratic restaurant,…
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Dining, SFoodie Nick Balla: 'I'd been planning for years on doing a Hungarian restaurant'

Nick Balla: 'I'd been planning for years on doing a Hungarian restaurant'

Nicolaus (Nick) Balla made his reputation in San Francisco cooking in Japanese restaurants. The CIA grad ran a restaurant in Michigan before moving out to San Francisco, where he worked in Ozumo before becoming the opening chef of O…
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