The bottarga and tuna heart dishes at La Ciccia, the Noe Valley Sardinian restaurant, are beloved among Chowhounds. Looks like La Nebbia, the owners' new wine bar/restaurant, may match the popularity of La Ciccia, with a casual food menu that allows the kitchen to riff off seasonal ingredients, like a pizza section with a current pie topped by speck, mozzarella, Gorgonzola, and lemon zest.
A new East Bay gelateria's pure flavors and balanced sweetness recall memory's of Italy's best-quality frozen treats. Chowhounds say the careful attention to production at Caravaggio Gelateria Italiana pays off with exceptional flavors like hazelnut, fig, and Turkish pistachio.
The buzz was strong before Ramen Yamadaya's opening day on Buchanan Street in Japantown, and according to one early report, the soup lives up to the hype. Chowhound member hhc calls the tonkotsu pork broth "magical" and warns would-be diners to "go early & eat fast...people are waiting for your seats!"
The tech boom brought a flood of newcomers to the Bay Area in 2013, and more mouths means more appetites to sate with food trucks, pop-ups, cafeterias, and fine restaurants. In alphabetical order, here are 10 of 2013's most impressive debuts. READ MORE
Chowhounds in the Bay Area are always on the hunt for a dish that haunts the memory, whether it's rediscovering a classic or ferreting out a bite in a neighborhood outside the zone of interest for restaurant critics. Below, in alphabetical order, are 10 of the most interesting discoveries unearthed in 2013 by contributors to the San Francisco Bay Area discussion board. READ MORE
Alta CA, Chef Daniel Patterson's new small-plates restaurant, is a quick walk from the Twitter offices, but does it deserve a look from anyone not based in the Mid-Market neighborhood? Sounds like service is still finding its footing, but one Chowhound member says that though the target audience may be the tech crowd and not foodies, the cooks are so talented they "can't help themselves" from turning out treats like beef tendon puffs.
After closing for repairs following a fire, Berkeley's Great China has now reopened. Loyalists say the standards, including ma po tofu and walnut prawns, are as good if not better than before the blaze.
Vietnam House, a restaurant on Eddy between Larkin and Polk, turns out sparkling renditions of Vietnamese classics like banh khot, yet doesn't get the foot traffic of Little Saigon's main-corridor eateries. Locals tell it straight: Work this spot into your regular dining rotation, and get creative by calling in advance to ask for special orders like tamarind crab and fried catfish.
Many who return home to San Francisco after exotic trips come to crave a dish that recalls their travels, and for visitors to northern Thailand, khao soi is that unforgettable meal. Find this street-food egg noodle dish in San Francisco at Jitlada Thai, Thai House Express, and Amphawa Thai.
If you're based in Oakland, where are your best bets for dim sum? At the newly reopened Peony, the shrimp har gow are particularly good, but a drive to Alameda's East Ocean or Richmond's Saigon Seafood Harbor might be worth the gas money.