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Mentone in Aptos

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 14 days ago

The latest eatery from Chef David Kinch of Manresa is Mentone in Aptos. Opening today, Wednesday, March 25, it will debut with take out from a limited menu of wood-fired pizzas, salads, cocktails, ...

Good Barbecue in or near Columbia and Greenville

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by dcbbq 26 days ago

I plan to take a barbecue eating trip to upland South Carolina and welcome recommendations. I especially am interested in places that cook only with wood. Thoughts?

Rustic @ Francis Ford Coppola Winery | Geyserville - Sonoma County

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 years ago

Lured in by the 20% discount offer for June, this week I had lunch at Rustic, the restaurant at Francis Ford Coppola Winery. https://www.facebook.com/CoppolaWine/posts/10154316085098466

Happy Hour @ Central Market | Petaluma

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 month ago

Just about a year ago I stopped by Central Market to call in a favor Chef Tony promised me. And stayed for happy hour (daily 5pm to 6pm) with a glass of Raventos I Blanc Rosé Cava brut, $16. Ch...

Daily Driver | Dogpatch - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

My first time here was in August and I was lucky to get a parking spot around the corner. Fascinating to observe the cheese production, especially when the cheesemaker put her ear to what I think w...

Zio Brand Meats & Sausages | Salinas

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

In early April, the day's special at T&A Cafe, Swiss sausage sandwich, tipped me to the new butcher in town. https://www.chowhound.com/post/cafe-salinas-spreckels-historic-district-877806?commentId...

KFC fried chicken-scented fireplace log

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 4 months ago

" . . . the new product has at least one important advantage over homemade alternatives, according to Walmart. The log, the retailer’s website states, is significantly less wasteful than 'burning a...

La Central Valle | Valle de Guadalupe - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 6 months ago

This summer, star chefs Javier Plascencia of Baja and Alejandro Ruiz of Oaxaca collaborated to create a seasonal pop up restaurant in San Antonio de las Minas serving Oaxacan cuisine. It's last day...

Texas style brisket @ Central Coast Meat Market | Pismo Beach - SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 10 months ago

Open now for a year and a half, Central Coast Meat Market was founded by a local who spent six years in Texas. Beef is king here, barbecued Central Texas style over oak, though other meats are also...

Franchettis' Wood Fire Kitchen | Santa Rosa

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 3 years ago

Some may recognize Chef/owner John Franchetti's name as the co-founder of Rosso Pizzeria in Santa Rosa and Petaluma. That partnership broke up a couple years ago. Franchetti claimed this catering/e...

The Charter Oak | St. Helena - Napa Valley

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

The Charter Oak opened in June in the space that housed Tra Vigne for years. It's the more casual operation from Chef Christopher Kostow. I had a chance to try it in September.

Penngrove Market (Sonoma County)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Last week I had a chance to try the revived Penngrove Market that opened this summer with a new ownership team and vision of offering locally sourced produce and products in a full-service grocery ...

Finca Altozano | Valle de Guadalupe - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Finca Altozano, the asador campestre restaurant owned by celebrity chef, Javaier Plascencia, is among the most popular eateries in Valle de Guadalupe. It's one of the first eating places in the win...

Sonoma Stompers Palooza Park @ Arnold Field Food & Drink

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Today's the last game of the 2018 Sonoma Stompers season. In June I was invited to see a game and had my first experience at Palooza Park at Arnold Field.

Sunset Sessions @ Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette in Marina (Monterey Bay)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In May a visiting friend joined us for happy hour, dubbed Sunset Sessions, at Salt Wood Kitchen & Oysterette in Marina's Sanctuary Beach Resort.

El Pinar de Tres Mujeres | Valle de Guadalupe - Ensenada

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

In June 2017, dinner for our final evening in Baja was at Cocina de Ismene in El Pinar de Tres Mujeres in Valle de Guadalupe.

Gradek Carbon Steel Fire Pit & Grill

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 1 year ago

Recently I attended a friend's birthday dinner that was cooked over a hardwood fire in the backyard Gradek grill. The photo shows the merguez sausages on the grill and the simmering stock base for ...

Morning Menu at Pearl | Richmond District - San Francisco

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Pearl is the new cafe and seafood restaurant from the team behind Pizzetta 211 around the corner. It debuted for dinner service on May 29, then a week later initiated a morning menu.

Monday Community Nights: The Grill at the Cass House - Cayucos, SLOCo

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

Before leaving Cayucos on Presidents Day, I wanted to drive by The Cass House. More than six years ago, I'd had one of the most memorable dining experiences there. The venue has since changed hands...

Happy Hour @ Marston's 101 | Atascadero (SLOCo)

Melanie Wong
by Melanie Wong 2 years ago

In May before my evening meeting in the area, I spent the day chowhounding around the area. Our food stops ended with happy hour at Marston's 101. Located next to the Holiday Inn Express & Suites a...