A Bernal resident and Chez Panisse alum opened the new Little Bee Baking in Bernal Heights. An early report (maybe a record for early reports: first brownie sold) says the bakery, in the former Rock Candy Snack Shop space, offers Four Barrel coffee and Three Twins ice cream in addition to house-baked goods.
Multiformat chicken is the way to go at Proposition Chicken on Market at Valencia: Get it in a salad, a sandwich, or on a plate. Early reports say the chicken is juicy and tender, with a good supporting act from the kicky slaw, but $12 for a quarter chicken may make some diners think twice about this proposition.
The recent opening of Mama Papa Lithuania Restaurant and Tea House makes Chowhounds wonder if Alameda's Park Street is the most diverse restaurant strip in the Bay Area. With Cuban, Burmese, and Lithuanian available within five blocks, Alameda's hub of dining activity seems to be thriving.
Swan Oyster Depot proves popular with both tourists and locals, as the line attests. Recent chatter on Chowhound looks forward to the seafood counter's offerings when the commercial Dungeness crab season starts in November, and drops a tip that's useful if you're local: Skip the snaking line by calling ahead to order your seafood as takeout.
Oakland's Grease Box promises treats that can tempt diners who avoid gluten, including pastries and fried chicken. A recent report praises the gluten-free fried chicken and Cobb salad, with little gem lettuce, avocado, bacon, tomato, and egg tossed in a house-made ranch dressing.
Looking for a decent meal in Marin? Locals say to check out Sushi Ran, Pizzeria Picco, Le Garage, and Lotus Chaat & Spices for a fine North Bay repast.
Rancho Gordo's store in the Ferry Building is worth a stop if you're in San Francisco, but what if you're not? When considering Rancho Gordo's Bean Club, fans say the "unique and gorgeously tasty" heirloom varieties are vastly different from the canned and dried beans available at most supermarkets.
A big thumbs-up goes out to Heartbaker, an Inner Richmond sweets shop run by pastry chef Sybil Johnson. Chowhounds love the salted caramel brownie flavored with almond extract, and what might be San Francisco's best cheesecake.
It's the season for Keitt mangoes, a fruit with a smooth, string-free flesh and deep flavor that admirers adore. So far this year, the Keitt has been spotted at area Trader Joe's. Where else can you find it?
Many of San Francisco's theaters are located around Union Square, a hub of shopping and mediocre restaurants. For a decent meal in the area, locals recommend the Grand Café in the Hotel Monaco, where happy hour specials make a perfect bite before a show.