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Restaurant recommendations, new openings, and highlights from the SF Chowhound community.

Oakland Restaurants for the Older Set

Grandma and grandpa need to eat, too! When a Chowhound posted a tongue-in-cheek request for restaurant recommendations for older diners in Oakland (with reasonable sound levels just as important as great food), here's what surfaced.

In the Bay Area, House-Made Bagels Are on a Roll

A fresh, well-made bagel is a thing of beauty, and across the Bay Area you can find small batches of bagels prepared by bakeries that don't specialize in bagels. A recent Chowhound conversation begins to compile a list of these spots, including 20th Century Café and Marla Bakery in SF, Downtown Bakery in Healdsburg, and the café at Santa Rosa Junior College's Culinary Arts Program.

SF Coffee Roaster’s New Outpost Is Buzzworthy

Sightglass recently opened a new space in the flourishing gourmet ghetto on 20th Street in SF's Mission District. The 1,200-square-foot spot is much cozier than the warehouselike roasting facility and shop on Seventh Street in SOMA. An enterprising early visitor filed a report praising the design of the coffeehouse but left unimpressed with a taste of the floral but fading Guji Yetatebe Ethiopian pour-over.

Petaluma’s Central Market Is Back

Petaluma's Central Market has reopened. Early Chowhound reports have a bit of advice for anyone within driving distance: Go. Sounds like the chef's tasting menu is a good first stop, for "incredibly fresh and tasty" dishes accompanied by wines from an interesting list heavily stacked with Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir.

A Woman in SF Is Barrel-Aging Sriracha, and It’s Awesome

Lisa Murphy (above) came to CHOW's offices in San Francisco last year to show off some delicious ketchup she’d been making under the name Sosu. She was leaving soon for Southeast Asia—to do sriracha research, she said, eventually to produce some with a Sosu label. Lisa drifted back to my inbox last month, to tell me about her Kickstarter campaign and with something new to taste: barrel-aged Sriracha, the result of her vision quest in Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. READ MORE

Olive Oil Finds in Wine Country

During a trip to the wine country north of San Francisco, stop by one of the olive oil producers in Sonoma or Napa to find fine-quality oils that may be difficult to purchase elsewhere. Chowhounds have their favorite oils, from the Meyer lemon version at DaVero's tasting room outside Healdsburg to the estate oils at Napa's Round Pond, which sets up tours and tastings.

A Taste of the Caribbean in the Bay

Caribbean food reflects a melding of cultures in the islands, with touches of African, Spanish, French, and other cuisines. In the Bay Area, try the grilled dishes at Suya African-Caribbean Grill in Berkeley and Oakland, curry goat at Back a Yard in Menlo Park, and mod Caribbean dishes from a Barbados-born chef at Miss Ollie's in Oakland.

SF Spots for Loading Up on Local

When seeking exceptional ingredients that are made in the Bay Area, the Ferry Building provides easy one-stop shopping for olive oil, wine, chocolate, and other products. Look farther afield, though, and you'll be rewarded with locally made treats like freshly milled flour from Josey Baker Bread, fresh rice noodles from Kun Wo, Sinto brand kimchi, and pickled green beans from Local Mission Market.

Crispy Cuban Croquetas North of SF

"Old school Miami Cuban," says one admirer of San Rafael's new El Chevere. Skip the line at nearby Sol Food and sink your teeth into El Chevere's crispy ham croquetas (Cubano sandwiches "greater than the sum of [their] parts") and a dessert of dense, eggy flan.

SF Early Report on Kin Khao, Thai Food Chez Pim

Kin Khao, the new Thai restaurant from Pim Techamuanvivit of blog Chez Pim and Chef Michael Gaines from Manresa in Los Gatos, has opened in the Parc 55 Hotel. Before the restaurant debuted, Techamuanvivit expressed her desire to produce dishes that felt true to what she ate as a girl in Thailand; early reports say Kin Khao succeeds, with entrées like steamed clams in house-made chile jam and a balanced version of khao soi noodles with sliced shallot, fried chile, and pickled greens.