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Breadbelly | Inner Richmond District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 22 days ago

Open since year-end, Breadbelly was my first pick to catch-up over lunch with a chef friend in April. Trying to avoid the crowds, we dropped in mid-morning only to find every table in the small caf...

An Edible Legacy: Diversity, Californios, and the Birth of San Diego-Baja Cuisine

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

" . . . The Californios had a distinct way of cooking. William Smythe, the first to write a definitive history of San Diego, described their food as such: 'The Californios naturally survived on a d...

Castro's Surf N Turf | King City - Salinas Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 months ago

In November I slid into this taqueria counter located in a gas station convenience store shortly before 7pm closing. At that point, it had been open for ten months. Today it's still flying under th...

The 1881 Restaurant Now Open in San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 8 months ago

Announced via press release today: "San Francisco, CA/December 2018 – The 1881 at the Mansion on Sutter is open. The restaurant showcases seasonal contemporary California-French cuisine compleme...

Pappys Seafood in San Pedro, CA

myers1935
by myers1935 11 months ago

Have been going down to San Pedro lately and am having lunch at the old 'Papadakis Taverna' now called 'Pappys Seafood'. Love this restaurant!! Have friends who have been telling me about the Taco ...

Tisza Bistro | Windsor - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

During Sonoma County Restaurant Week earlier this month, I made a point to try the $15 lunch at Windsor's Tisza Bistro. Located in the Holiday Inn Express, the restaurant has a coffee shop kind of ...

Namu Gaji - SF

Robert Lauriston
by Robert Lauriston 7 years ago

No reports on this place except for takeout? I went to a prix-fixe dinner organized by Tasting Table the other night. The room (corner of 18th and Dolores, next to Bi-Rite Creamery) is much nice...

Nachos with red sauce (or paste)

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by DavidOO 2 years ago

I wanted to make some California style Mexican food - nachos in particular. I remember having nacho's years ago that had a nice RED SAUCE (I believe it was paste or at least the server said so) on...

Sotola Bar & Grill | Capitola - Santa Cruz County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

On Super Bowl Sunday in February I stopped by Sotola Bar & Grill mid-afternoon for a solo late lunch. The restaurant had been open less than two months and was not very busy, but it was offering a ...

Better than Slanted Door?

walkoffdinner
by walkoffdinner 1 year ago

My sister and I really like Slanted Door and now we'd like to try something a little more authentic. I'm not a very adventurous diner, for instance I don't eat chicken's feet, brains etc., but look...

Mezzo (fka Cafe Intermezzo) | Berkeley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

June 30 (or Day 4 of re-opening), a friend and I met here for a lunch. We'd thought we could avoid the lunch rush by arriving at 1:30pm, but no such luck. The line snaked to the entrance.

5200 Restaurant - Heritage House | Little River - Mendocino County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Any updates on 5200 Restaurant at Heritage House in Little River? Star chef Maegan Loring started as executive chef at the beginning of the year. The sample menus on the resort's own site and on op...

Motze | Mission District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Motze closes after tonight's service, ending a 6-month run as a Japanese-influenced pop-up and will become Duna next month. https://www.duna.kitchen Here's a quick report on the late night dinner I...

Industrial Eats in Buellton

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

On April 1, I met up with "toodie jane" at Industrial Eats for dinner. Located in a light industrial zone and housing a restaurant, catering operation and craft butcher shop, this oft recommended s...

Looking for excellent "Californian" menu ideas

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by squidly 10 years ago

We have some friends from France coming to visit in a couple weeks. They've wined and (home-cooked) dined us on regional specialties when we've stayed with them, and now we'd like to return the fa...

Dinner at Single Thread iHealdburg writeup

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by tabemonojourney 2 years ago

My wife and and had an amazing dinner at SingleThread in Healdsburg on Dec. 30th. Forst off, the town of Healdsburg was great as it had a quint feeling with lots of boutique, resturants, and win...

ADEGA Restaurant - Possibly the first Michelin Star for San Jose?

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by feedmefood 3 years ago

Has anyone been to Adega in San Jose? What a fantastic surprise! Incredible complex flavors beautifully presented. My guest and I had the 5 course tasting menu ($65) with the wine pairing (+$35). ...

Handline | Fast Fresh Masa & Sustainable Seafood - Sebastopol

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Last week I joined a friend for a preview of Handline in Sebastopol. Featuring California Coastal cuisine, Handline opens its door to the public today. Hours will be 11am to 10pm daily. A long-time...

North Coast Cheese Tasting

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Saturday, June 4, is National Cheese Day so I had to share something on the Cheese board to mark the day. These photos are from a tasting of California North Coast cheese I had the opportunity t...

SD: Burgers, Mexican & California Cuisine Suggestions, Please

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by ethan111 3 years ago

HI San Diego Chowhounders, My brother and I will be coming to SD for a few days and would like to sample some high caliber food, in a few different neighborhoods. We are looking to have mexican, ...