With Dungeness crab season opening in November (recreational is open now; commercial is scheduled to open November 15), Chowhounds are speculating about this year's catch. One early report noticed a decrease in the catch compared to earlier years, but many prognosticators are optimistic. Results should show up on your plate at area restaurants later this month.
Do any of the sports arenas in the Bay Area sell decent food, or at least decent enough to ignore the price gouging? A's fans say they prefer to pack their food (like tacos from El Taco Zamorano for one Oaklander); Giants fans say the SF stadium's crab roll, once acceptable-to-good, has taken a turn for the worse, and agree that bringing food (like a sandwich from the Sentinel, hold the wet toppings) is your best bet.
Visitors to Sonoma and Napa Wine Country can buy passports that allow free tastings and discounted purchases at certain participating wineries. Are these passports a good deal? Locals say not necessarily: Only a few of the participating Sonoma wineries are worth recommending (like Sbragia and Papapietro Perry), while the Napa passport participants are especially disappointing and not worth your time.
When you're headed out for dim sum, what should you order? Local Chowhounds are keeping an updated guide to their favorite dishes at various restaurants; a recent entry features the "off the charts good" fish cheek congee (pictured) at Koi Palace in Daly City.
As a San Francisco local who's visited Chinatown's greatest hits, what's the best way to explore the neighborhood? Chowhounds recommend planning a route that includes a stop at the fortune cookie factory in Ross Alley, shopping at the Wok Shop and Ming Lee Trading, and bites at New Woey Loy Goey, Happy Chinese, or Louie's Dim Sum.
The diversity of pizza styles available in the Bay Area just expanded with word that Artichoke Basille's, a small New York–based chain, will open in Berkeley. The pizzeria's "grandma slice," an oil-dense pan pizza with a crisp, dark crust, may be the first of this style to arrive here.
With the announcement of which restaurants received stars (and which were unstarred) in the 2014 Michelin Guide for the Bay Area, there's plenty of chatter on Chowhound about surprising omissions (like AQ) as well as inclusions that might raise an eyebrow. Peruse the list and weigh in here.
Tucked into a motel on El Camino Real in Millbrae, Bashamichi is a Japanese restaurant named for a road in the port city that was the early base for foreign trade with Westerners. About the grub, one diner declares it a "pleasant surprise," especially the perfectly salted salmon rice ball and tea from Lupicia.