Follow the smell of sauce and cheese wafting out of vents on Piedmont Avenue near Pleasant Valley in Oakland and you'll find Slicer Pizzeria, a new shop from a Pizzaiolo alum. Pick up a slice or a whole pie, and expect a straightforward pizza with high-quality ingredients.
For a worthwhile snack near the Sunday farmers' market in Palo Alto, check out the Bolivian specialties at 3 G's Café, where the menu includes South American treats like salteñas, cuñape, and pan de arroz. The cuñape, a ball of cheese bread made tender with yuca flour, is especially recommended here.
Chowhounds were excited to note the opening of Linea Caffe, a coffee venture from Andrew Barnett (of Ecco Caffe) with food by Anthony Myint (of Mission Chinese Food and others). Early reports compliment the northern-Italian-style roasting of the coffee beans, and mention that the slightly sour waffles taste best when combined with one of the available toppings.
For a special Sunday dinner, locals praise Oakland's Camino. While the abbreviated menu of three or four mains might not appeal to some picky diners, admirers praise the imaginative preparations and stylish atmosphere.
Do you live in or near San Francisco? Want to attend an amazing food event for a good cause? The organizers of the San Francisco Street Eats Gala—a biennial charity event for a local nonprofit that fosters philanthropy in the Vietnamese-American community, spearheaded by Charles Phan, chef and founder of SF's The Slanted Door—have given us a pair of tickets to award one lucky CHOW reader. To enter, all you have to do is email us at email@example.com by 11:59 p.m. PT on Sunday, September 29. The winning email will be randomly chosen; we'll contact the winner September 30. Good luck!
A visit to family-owned Crane Melon Barn in Santa Rosa is a fall rite of passage for many foodies. One fan suggests a triple-threat food tour to nearby Bud's Custom Meats and Matos Cheese Factory.
Line up your paperwork and prepare to get dirty on a Bodega Bay clam dig. It's messy, it's fun, and the rewards can be extraordinary, including homemade clam sashimi or clam jook, if your haul allows.
At Oakland restaurant Champa Garden's new outpost in San Francisco, lovers of the Laotian-Thai menu at the original say that service is still working out the kinks but familiar dishes like rice ball salad and Lao sausage (pictured) are as good as ever.
Amid many openings and closings in San Francisco's Mission District, Maverick has held its ground at 17th and Mission streets. Considering a recent visit, diners praise the raw local albacore and a daily changing wine flight.
The cuisine of Asia is broad and diverse; luckily in the Bay Area you can sample many Asian specialties within a reasonable distance. Just within the San Francisco city limits, locals recommend Burmese at Mandalay, Cambodian at Angkor Borei, Vietnamese at Bodega Bistro, and Sichuan at Z & Y.